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CrateChef Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2016


CrateChef is a bi-monthly subscription box curated by top-name chefs and sends artisan foods, recipes and kitchen supplies.

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: CrateChef

The Cost: $45 a box (plus $6 shipping per box) or you may purchase a one-time gift box for $49 a box (plus $6 shipping)

COUPON: Use code ADDICTION10 to save 10% off your first box!

The Products:  food products and cooking items from a top-name chef (different chefs curate each box)

Ships to: U.S.

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Each box comes with a letter from the chosen chef. This box was put together by Jordan Grosser, Ted Fleury and Matthew Homyak who comprise Stag Dining Group and the Derby Cocktail Co. based out of San Francisco.


Stag Dining Group included three recipe cards which featured included ingredients.


Town Cutler Meat Tester – Value $8.00

This beautiful meat tester is a way to check if your meat has been cooked to the desired doneness without relying on a meat thermometer. However there are no directions as to how this is done, so I’m not confident that by feel alone I would be able to poke the meat and know it’s cooked properly. I think this would be great for professional chefs that can judge by the feel much better than I. The wooden handle is unique and I also like the leather strip that can be used to store it.

Cocktail Muddler – Value $4.73?

This wooden cocktail muddler will come in handy the next time we make mojitos to smash the mint leaves. It is solid wood and a beautiful color. There is no brand stamped on it or packaging but the one I found on Amazon looks very similar.


BG Reynolds Original Orgeat Tropical Syrup – Value $8.99

This syrup is famous for use in the Mai Tai because of the almond extract and cane sugar, but it can be used in many other cocktails and mocktails as well. BG Reynolds also suggests using it in coffee or as a topping for pancakes and waffles. It was sweet and had a wonderful almond essence.


Wine Forest Candy Cap Sugar (3.25 oz.) – Value $8.00

This was a new discovery for me. This sugar is combined with candy cap mushrooms that have been dried. The mushroom, which grows on the west coast, has a maple flavor deeming is a “dessert mushroom”. The sugar can be used as a finishing touch on crème brulee, added to baked squash, used as a glaze on roast pork or duck or even sprinkled on oatmeal. I didn’t get any mushroom flavor from the sugar, only the texture of the larger sized pieces of dried mushrooms. While it tasted sweet and pleasant the smell was quite off-putting to me.


Omnivore Salt (6 oz.) – Value $10.00

This certified organic salt is infused with black pepper, red pepper and fennel making it much tastier than just plain salt. Omnivore recommends using it on meats, in soups, sauces, dressings and dips or as a simple finishing salt. Yum!



4505 Chicharrones (1 oz.) – Value $4.50

I’ve never tried a pork rind before and I can’t say I was a fan. It was salty and crunchy and just not my idea of a snack I’d want to eat again. They had a slight chile flavoring, but nothing too hot.

Verdict: I enjoyed my CrateChef box this month, but it wasn’t my favorite. I love the salt and drink syrup and am happy to have a muddler, but the other items weren’t things I was very excited to have or felt I’d get much use out of. I felt the estimated value was a bit low this month as well at $44.22, which is less than the cost of the box.

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Written by Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica’s addiction started off slowly enough with Birchbox, but it has grown and grown over the last three years. An elementary school librarian and mom of two she loves boxes that are child-centric. But she’ll never turn down a good fashion, beauty or tasty treat subscription.

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Comments (3)

  1. I get this box and totally love them! I love that every month is a different style based on that month’s chef and the area of the country where they are located. The letter from the chef talks about the items and explains why the chef chose them so they never feel random to me. I’ve tried Mary’s and their products seem more random, often include sample sizes and half the products I’ve seen at my local grocery. Their value isn’t great either. Cratechef includes things I’ve never seen or heard of before and almost always full size products. I loved the Chicharrones (yummmm!) but I’m from the south and grew up with them. I’m not a cocktail person so the muddler didn’t do much for me, but I use the syrup in my coffee and it rocks! I’ve never even heard of that candy cap sugar but I researched it and it’s kind of a big deal that’s hard to come by. No one in my area of the country even sells it. When I saw it was from mushrooms I thought it would be iffy, but it smells just like caramel and was great on top of my holiday cookies. I ordered extra items from their website for holiday gifts. The meat tester is handmade, although I probably won’t use it to test meat, it’s beautiful and I would use it to test baked goods, which is mentioned somewhere. I also LOVE the salt mix which works for everything! Cratechef is one of my all-time favorite boxes to find on my doorstep and I can’t wait for the next one!

  2. Wow. Amazed they would send a tool and just assume everyone knows how to use.

    You have never has a pork rind?? OMG they are the worst for you, best with a beer, snack you could ever want. I can’t drink a red beer if there aren’t pork rinds in the area.

    • I don’t understand random curation and expensive boxes. Love with Food and such can get away with randomness but for over $50 I want something that shows thought. This is basically, “ask a chef what he likes and throw it in a box”.

      If you are looking for an excellent food box with a tool, Mary’s Secret Ingredients is $100/year for 4 boxes, has coupons and is excellent over all. Mary also donates the profits to charity.

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