Carnivore Club Subscription Box Review + Coupon- October 2016
Carnivore Club sends artisanal cured meats from around the world.
Each month’s box is themed around a different producer that specializes in a particular style of cured meat. Boxes feature everything from French charcuterie and Italian salumi to Spanish chorizo and South African biltong.
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: Carnivore Club
The Cost: $50 per month with a recurring subscription. (Single boxes can be purchased for $55.)
COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: Artisanal cured meats from around the world.
Ships to: U.S. (Note that Carnivore Club also operates clubs in Canada, Europe, and the UK.)
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Carnivore Club includes a brochure that provides information about the shipment’s featured producer(s) and details the month’s meats.
This box features a selection of cured meats from Alle-pia.
I also received a card reminding me to refrigerate my meats as soon as possible after their arrival.
(FYI- on their website, Carnivore Club says that all of the meats they send are cured and shelf stable for at least a month; however, they recommend refrigerating everything immediately after receipt to maintain quality and increase shelf life.)
Alle-pia ‘Nduja (6 oz.)- Value $9
For those who haven’t tried it before, ‘nduja is essentially a spreadable salami that can be eaten on crackers and bread. It can also be used in cooking (think spaghetti sauce) to add a punch of meaty flavor to dishes. ‘Nduja first popped up on my radar when I received it in April’s Carnivore Club box, and I’ve had it a couple of times since then. Actually, I was out to dinner a few weeks ago and discovered a really interesting ‘nduja dish that pairs whipped ‘nduja with greek yogurt, olive oil jam, lemon verbena, and fluffy English muffins. It’s an unusual dish, but it was crazy delicious. I think I might have to try recreating it at home with Alle-pia’s ‘nduja!
Alle-pia Pancetta Tesa (5 oz.)- Value $6
I LOVE cooking with pancetta, so I’m thrilled to receive a block of it in this box! Pancetta can be eaten raw, but I prefer it cooked and crispy. I think it’s great crumbled over roasted brussels sprouts, in sandwiches, and in Italian dishes (like this Butternut Squash Risotto).
Alle-pia Salami al Tartufo (6 oz.)- Value $14
Alle-pia’s Salami al Tartufo is made with black summer truffles and white truffle oil. I’m a big fan of truffled salami, and this one is great. The flavor is earthy, rich, and delicious. This is supposed to be a salami reserved for special occasions, but I think this salami is good enough to turn any random evening into a special occasion.
Alle-pia Salami Cacciatorino (5 oz.)- Value $10
Unlike the last salami, Cacciatorino is more of an “everyday” meat. The name literally translates into “hunters salami,” and it got its name because it was traditionally made into small pieces that could easily fit into a hunter’s satchel. Cacciatorino is flavored with juniper berries and Chianti wine, and it has a milder flavor than many varities. I really like this salami, and I think it would shine on an antipasto plate with cheese and veggies.
Verdict: I’m really impressed by the quality, quantity, and flavor of the meat I received in this month’s Carnivore Club, and I like that this box contained a variety of different types of cured meat. In terms of value, if I purchased the items in this box individually it would cost me $39. Considering the $50 cost of the box, I’d ideally like to see the value come in a bit higher; however, I think it’s important to point out that Alle-Pia charges pretty hefty shipping fees. If I purchased the items in this box directly from Alle-pia, I would have to pay well over $50 to have them shipped to me. Given that, I’m happy with the value of this month’s box.
What do you think of Carnivore Club? Have you tried any of the products featured this month?