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Special Delivery From Taste of Home Review – Winter 2018

Taste of Home Winter

Special Delivery from Taste of Home is a quarterly subscription box that delivers recipes, kitchen gadgets, and other products that are selected by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen experts. They guarantee to bring “a little fun and whimsy to your life!”

Taste of Home Winter open box

In addition to the $39.95 a quarter subscription, Taste of Home also offers a one-time box for $49.95 plus shipping.

This review is of the $39.95 a quarter box, plus $5.00 shipping.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Taste of Home Winter all contents

About Special Delivery From Taste of Home

The Subscription Box: Special Delivery from Taste of Home

The Cost: $39.95 a quarter + $5.00 shipping (currently on sale for $34.95)

The Products: “Taste of Home cookbook, exclusive recipe cards, exciting new kitchen gadgets, and more!”

Ships to: U.S.

Special Delivery From Taste of Home Winter 2018 Review

Taste of Home Winter booklet cover Taste of Home Winter product list Taste of Home Winter back of booklet

The info booklet included with the box has a product list as well as some little features on keeping food fresh and Julia Child.

Taste of Home Winter recipe card envelope Taste of Home Winter recipe cards Taste of Home Winter recipe cards all togther Taste of Home Winter recipe card detail

Also included was an envelope filled with recipe cards. Just look at that Ginger Plum Tart!

Taste of Home Winter herb saver mini in box Taste of Home Winter herb saver mini box info Taste of Home Winter herb saver mini Taste of Home Winter herb saver mini parts Taste of Home Winter herb saver mini detail

Herb Saver – Retail Value $10.29

I have seen these around before and toyed with the idea of buying one. Basically, this little tube keeps your herbs fresh and hydrated and extends their life quite significantly. Its small enough to fit easily in your fridge door, but is large enough to hold a good amount of herbs. I am a very herb-heavy cook and usually use all I buy in each dish rather than toss them away. This might be a great alternative!

Taste of Home Winter tea towel in package Taste of Home Winter tea towel Taste of Home Winter folded tea towel Taste of Home Winter unfolded tea towel Taste of Home Winter tea towel detail

Whip It Good Flour Sack – Retail Value $5.00

I always love keeping these little sacks around the kitchen. They are not absorbent, but I like wrapping freshly baked bread in them or covering other warm dishes with them to hold heat while I get everything set up for dinner. They are also cute to hang on your oven handle to add some sass.

Taste of Home Winter spice blend Taste of Home Winter spice blend info

Coq au Vin Spice Blend Pouch – Retail Value $7.00

I am so excited to use this blend in my slow cooker! It is a mix of black pepper, oregano, thyme, and bay leaf. I have ever made Coq au Vin before, but I plan on trying a recipe out with this pouch. I know the blend of chicken, mushrooms, and potatoes would be perfection on a cold winter’s night.

Taste of Home Winter baking cup tube Taste of Home Winter backing cups Taste of Home Winter silver baking cups Taste of Home Winter baking cup tube detail

Simply Baked Small Paper Baking Cups – Retail Value $6.25

Cute! I have always thought that special baking cups add even more magic to the perfect muffin or cupcake. These beautiful silver ones have a cute strand of beads print.

Taste of Home Winter food huggers in box Taste of Home Winter food hugger info Taste of Home Winter food huggers green and yellow Taste of Home Winter food hugger pair Taste of Home Winter food hugger duo

Food Huggers – Buy a set of 5 for $12.95

Wow, these are useful. These handy silicone toppers latch on to the ends of fruits and veggies you may not have used entirely to keep them fresh for another meal. I used my yellow one for a lemon I cut for tea and tried the green one out on a cucumber. This brand also makes one shaped for an avocado, which would be life changing!

Taste of Home Winter blade brush on package Taste of Home Winter blade brush info Taste of Home Winter blade brush Taste of Home Winter blade brush Taste of Home Winter blade brush upside down Taste of Home Winter blade brush on side

Joseph Joseph Blade Brush – Retail Value $8.00

This brush is the perfect tool for those crusty forks and knives that are difficult to scrub clean with your normal sponge. The bristles are on the aggressive side, which is exactly what you need! You simply slide the utensils through those green brushes and all that leftover food disappears!

Taste of Home Winter cookbook Taste of Home Winter cook book back cover Taste of Home Winter cookbook table of contents Taste of Home Winter cook book air fryer Taste of Home Winter cook book omlette Taste of Home Winter cook book recipe Taste of Home Winter cook book iron care

Taste of Home What Can I Cook in My Instant Pot, Air Fryer, Waffle Iron…? – Retail Value $17.99 (found here for $15.05)

I love cookbooks, but I actually don’t own an instant pot, air fryer, or waffle iron. I really want an instant pot, and this book might give me even more reason to take the plunge. Do any of you have an instant pot or air fryer? Were they worth the money?

Verdict: This was my first Special Delivery from Taste of Home box and it had some really nifty kitchen gadgets! Each item sent was actually super useful, and I am in love with the huggers and the Bladebrush. I look forward to having a reason to use the cookbook! This box would be a great gift for the chef in your life.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Yes, you can order the winter box today!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.95$5 shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box (minus the recipe cards) has an average cost of $6.42.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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Comments (11)

  1. I would like to see reviews of the 2019 boxes!

  2. Do you guys stop reviewing this box? Thanks

  3. I bought my dad an oil-less fryer (I kept calling it an air fryer but the box and manual say “oil-less FRYER” ) and it is FANTASTIC.!!! We use it ALL the time. Everything comes out GREAT.!!

  4. That cookbook has sections for slow cookers, skillet meals, etc. I don’t have an InstaPot or Air Fryer either. I started to give the cookbook away when I started flipping through it.

  5. Those little baking cups make great holders for small food items such as jellybeans, nuts etc…. I use them for potlucks & bookclub where we bring snacks.

    • genius! I love this idea!

  6. I have an air fryer, and an instant pot. I use the instant pot a LOT, and the air fryer is really great for reheating leftover fries lol, but I really like it for cooking whole chickens, or anything that has a skin on it, as it gets crispy and delicious. When using an air fryer, you do need to use a small amount of oil, but you just put a light coating on whatever you’re cooking before tossing it in there.

  7. Love my Instant Pot, use it all the time!

    • What is the benefit over a normal crockpot? Does it do the same thing but faster? I have to know!

      • It’s an electric pressure cooker, so while it can do many of the same dishes that a slow cooker can, it’s a totally different method. It does cook faster in general but a lot of people are disappointed because while it can do chicken breasts in 8 minutes, it takes 5-10 minutes to build pressure and often 5-10 minutes to release. But for me, the greatest benefit is that it’s all hands off cooking after you push start. It requires liquid to work though, so it’s great for soup, meat in sauce, grains, etc but not so great at crispy foods. A lot of people like the instant pot / air fryer combo because you can cook food to get it really tender in the instant pot and then get a crispy outside in your air fryer.

  8. I got an instant pot on prime day and an air fryer at an after-Christmas sale. I think they’re both great for quick dinners. The instant pot is nearly life-changing, and the air fryer is basically an improvement on oven cooking because it gives food more crunch and doesn’t have to preheat. If you’re short on storage space, they’re both going to be a pain because they’re quite big.

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