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Quoco Now Kitchen Tools Subscription Review + Coupon – August 2017

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Quoco Now was created to motivate aspiring at-home cooks to get into the kitchen and feel confident with a toolkit of innovative, useful and fun utensils. Each month members receive 3-4 innovative, useful and fun kitchen tools directly to their door for $39 a month. Subscriptions can be purchased in increments of 3 or 12 months. Customers also have the option to purchase a one time gift box (perfect for housewarming, bridal showers, birthdays etc).

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Subscription Box: Quoco Now

The Cost: $39.00 a month

COUPON: Use code NEWSUB2017 to save 20% off your first month for a 3 or 12-month subscription!

The Products: 3-4 innovative, useful and fun kitchen tools each month.

Ships to: U.S. for free, Worldwide varies

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The first thing I saw was this handwritten note thanking me for my order. How nice!

The info card is short ‘n sweet and tells you a bit about each of the four products this month. I’m already pretty excited because you know how many meal kits I review!

Vention Phone/Tablet Holder – Value $3.64

If you read my Dinnerly review earlier this month, you know that they don’t include paper recipes and you need to download them to your phone or tablet to follow along. This would have been the perfect companion when I made those recipes! Even though all the other boxes I use come with paper ones, I still have been known to pin a truckload of recipes on Pinterest, so I can use this with my iPad for when I’m feeling inspired to make one!

The gadget itself is made of a hard plastic that unfolds a few ways to hold either your smart phone or tablet, so you can keep it upright as you cook. It also has little white rubber nubbins to keep your expensive gear from slipping off when you’re putting your messy finger all over it to go to the next step.

Lime Green Knife Sharpener – Value $8.99

Lately, my (roommate’s) knives have been feeling a bit dull, so this is another item I can use! I have one I got from Ikea a while ago, but I never use it and it only has one slot. This sharpener has two different slots for fine (to polish) and coarse (for dull knives). Its body is made of a hard plastic and it has grippies on the bottom to keep it from slipping while you are sharpening. The bonus is that the lime green color happens to match the rest of my kitchen utensils!

Veggie Spiralizer – Value $6.14? (Similar found at Walmart)

We’ve all lost items in a breakup, and even though I purchased one of these for an ex-boyfriend, I always think about buying one for myself as well. Now I don’t have to! I love pasta, but I know I need to chill a little bit on the carbs, so a tool like this can make veggies trick my brain into thinking I’m eating delicious carb-filled noodles. There are a ton of different brands of these available, and this one is completely unbranded, so I have a feeling it’s similar to the tablet stand available from AliExpress. This isn’t something I care too much about to make sure I’m getting the top of the line, so I will take the absence of a logo as long as it works well. If you’re unfamiliar with this tool, you would chop off the ends of something like a zucchini, and put one end into the spiral side of this tool, and the plastic piece with the small stakes would go on the other end of that zucchini. You then manually turn the squash like you’re sharpening a pencil until the whole thing comes out the side to resemble spaghetti. The other end of this tool has one longer blade that allows you to simply slice a veggie into one continuous ribbon. This particular spiralizer is made of a heavy plastic with metal sides, and metal blades. Pretty stoked to have one for me finally!

Digital Cooking Thermometer – Value $8.99

This makes it all worth it to me!! I was JUST talking about needing one of these in my last Home Chef review! I can finally stop saying “it’s probably fine, I don’t think I’ll get salmonella” when I’m finished cooking chicken. All of my friends that I cooked for recently knew what the internal temperature of the cooked chicken should be, but they are all pushing 40 so I guess they should (I don’t)? This thermometer came with a handy little sheet that tells you what temperatures different meat should be, just in case one of my meal kits doesn’t note it. It also has four buttons which include: on/off, Celcius or Fahrenheit, a hold (to maintain the exact temperature while measuring), and max/min (to view the largest/smallest data measured in 24 hrs). It came with a battery and instructions as well, so I can use it right away!

Verdict: I was actually embarrassed by how excited I was about this month’s Quoco Now. Sometimes childhood Marne is like “C’mon, REALLY?” at the stuff that adult Marne likes, but this is my life now, ok?It’s like they read my mind and delivered all of the things I needed this month while cooking! Once I looked up values, I realize they don’t actually add up to the $39 cost of the box (including free shipping), which is a bummer, but these were items that I wanted or needed and was simply not motivated to order on my own. That has to say something, right? They could certainly do with throwing in a more name brand-item with the others which would bring the value up, but I’m still looking forward to seeing what comes next month!

What do you think of this month’s Quoco Now?

Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, anything kawaii, and all things food. She is also proudly the unofficial “Meat Editor” of My Subscription Addiction.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

10 Comments

  1. I was excited when I saw this box but then saw the quality of the items. I would rather have 2-3 new and innovative high quality items than 4 regular things.

  2. Just an FYI for all: poultry should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees fahrenheit to be safe. Since it doesn’t need any resting time like beef, don’t pull it early. However, if you’re cooking a whole turkey like on Thanksgiving and need to pull it early because you need the oven for other things, you can pull it at 160 or so and it’ll keep cooking. I’ve also safely pulled chicken by cutting into the thickest part of the thickest piece (usually the breast) and making sure it’s cooked through – no pink remaining. I know all this because I’m 59 (grin).

  3. Hey now Marne! I just hit the big 40 even though I have the mindset of a eternally young at heart girl and I dont know what the internal temp of a chicken should be either! Why u gotta make it about age huh??? Lol
    I love ur reviews I really do I find them so fun to read and your since Of humor always has me lol-ing in my living room alone!!
    You know I would’ve been excited to get this box as well although the value totally wasn’t there and that’s one of the first things I look for but I totally could use all these items even though that slicer thing I’ve never in my life seen before! Looking forward to your next review so glad ur part of the MSA team!!🤘🏻

    • I will be 40 in October and I don’t know what temperature a chicken should be, but it’s a moot point since I have never cooked meat and don’t allow it to be cooked in my house…

      Anyway, pretty much everything in this box is an AliExpress item. If it has a logo, someone probably bought it in bulk on Alibaba and slapped their own label on it before sending it out. I have the exact same spiralizer and 2 or 3 of those cooking thermometers (they work for candy too). If you have ever wondered why half the spiralizers/vegetable peelers/thermometers/etc. on Amazon look the same except for the logo, it’s because of the Alibaba thing.

      I like kitchen gadgets, but I’m at the stage where I’m looking for higher quality now. (P.S. There is nothing wrong with carbs. My diet is like 60% carbs and I lost 45 pounds last year eating that way.)

      • Hooray for carbs! I eat a lot of potatoes and rice and I do not have an issue with keeping the weight off that I lost 7 years ago. I have heard that some people do not process carbs well, but I don’t think that that is a large number. And I don’t know of a study that backs that claim up. I believe that the anti carb movement is pushed on people because in the short run, a high protein, low carb diet will let you loose weight, so the diets that use this method sell. Perhaps the meat industry helps to prophesize the myth that carbs are bad for you? But in the long run, it will just come back on when you go back to eating normally. I personally just used a basic 1200 calorie a day goal when I lost 40 pounds over a year and I was definitely ate carbs every day.

        • I think that the anti-carb movement has its roots in the old Atkins diet. It’s also an easy way to cut calories. The reality is that to lose weight you have to eat less than you expend. To keep the weight off, you have to find a way of eating that you can sustain for the rest of your life, That means not giving up any food or food group that you’re not willing to give up forever. I lost about 90 lbs and have kept it off for over 3 years by doing this.

  4. Forget the low value – it’s the intentional spelling mistake in the name that tees me off, LOL.

  5. Although I love the concept of this box, I agree that I’d rather get the gadgets I need/want at either World Market or Bed, Bath & Beyond, in part to avoid duplicates (I currently have 3 meat thermometers – don’t ask!). And it does seem silly to pay more than I would pay in the store. Besides, my hubby of 30 years would probably divorce me if I brought home any more kitchen gadgets — as is, we have problems finding a place for the ones we do have. . .

  6. I love the idea of the box, but I could buy my own cute kitchen gadgets and what not. I would be mad if I’d paid $40 for the box and gotten under $30 worth of stuff. You can get more for your money at World Market, they have the cutest kitchen stuff! Or Function Junction is an awesome store for any kind of kitchen gadget.

  7. I have that exact thermometer and it’s $5.45 at Amazon and a very similar sharpener for $5.99. So the value is even lower. Although I enjoy both of them, I think I’d rather continue buying exactly what I choose and need since there doesn’t seem to be additional value in this sub. Too bad..

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