Carnivore Club Subscription Box Review + Coupon- December 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.
Items typically arrive in a sturdy cardboard box, but this month’s shipment arrived in a Carnivore Club tin. What a nice, festive surprise!
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.)
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 La Quercia.
(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.)
This box also contained a promotional code for Broquet.
La Quercia Speck Americano (3 oz.) – Value $10.99
La Quercia is carried at my local Whole Foods, so I’ve sampled a few of their products before, including Speck Americano. I’ve been very impressed with the quality and flavor of the meats I’ve tried, so I’m happy that I get to try more in this month’s Carnivore Club! Speck is a type of smoked prosciutto that has a deep, smoky flavor and a sweet, earthy finish. Carnivore Club recommends eating it alone or on sandwiches and suggests pairing it with a cold lager or hard cider. I tore up a few slices and added it to a salad of arugula, figs, almonds, and vinaigrette. So good!
La Quercia Prosciutto Picante (3 oz.) – Value $10.99
Next, I tried La Quercia’s Prosciutto Picante, a product that’s new to me. To give this meat it’s spicy flavor, La Quercia dry-cutes it with a fennel and red chili spice rub. The little bit of heat is delicious, and it goes nicely with the sweetness of the prosciutto. Carnivore Club suggests a pairing of mahon reserva, taleggio, or comte, but I’ll be honest— I ended up eating most of this on its own! (It’s so good!) I’m planning to save the rest to serve on a holiday cheese plate.
La Quercia Berkshire Prosciutto (3 oz.) – Value ?
La Quercia’s Berkshire Prosciutto is handcrafted from 100% Berkshire heritage breed pork, a rare British breed prized for tenderness, flavor, and juiciness. This prosciutto is utterly delicious: it’s rich, creamy, and meaty, with flavor lasts a long time after you finish eating. (It looks like the prepackaged slices are currently sold out online, but I did find this whole ham available at Zingerman’s for $375.)
La Quercia Spicy Borcellino (6 oz.) – Value $12
This spicy borcellino is made with Spanish pimenton and red chili, and it’s definitely spicy!The flavor is a little similar to pepperoni, but it’s definitely a bit spicier and more flavorful than most of the pepperoni I’ve had. I paired this with some aged gouda and an earthy Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was heavenly.
La Quercia ‘Nduja (5 oz.) – Value $7.99
‘Nduja seems to have been trending in 2016. I’d never heard of it a year ago, and it seems to have popped up everywhere this year: I spotted it on several restaurant menus and Carnivore Club featured it three different times! If you haven’t yet had a chance to try it, I highly recommend seeking it out. The spreadable cured meat can be used in cooking (like spaghetti sauce) or eaten as-is (on crackers or with cheese). La Quercia’s ‘nduja is made with fully cured prosciutto and speck, sea salt, and red chili pepper. It’s spicy, flavorful, and really delicious.
Verdict: This was an excellent box from Carnivore Club! All of the meats were fantastic, and I love that everything came packed in a festive, reusable tin. Since I wasn’t able to find one of the products available for sale online, it’s hard to do a value breakdown for this month, but I’m definitely happy with the items I received.
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