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Thursday, March 31

Delicious Surprise (Jo Dee Messina)

Hatchery is a subscription box service that collects artisan ingredients and small-batch products from around the United States.  Their offerings are things like spreads, condiments, jams, honeys, syrups, cooking sauces, oils, vinegars, salts, spices, seasonings, baking ingredients and cocktail mixers, all made by small companies or individuals.  The company describes itself as “foodie matchmakers,” connecting producers with customers.

The Hatchery team travels the country to sample products at farmer’s markets and family farms to find the best offerings.  The website provides information about many of the producers, along with recipes and other information.

Customers can order larger portions of the ingredients individually, but the company also offers a “Tasting Box,” a monthly subscription that provides sample sizes of several products each month. The Tasting Box is also available as a gift that you can give for 3, 6 or 12 months. 

The physical box that the items are shipped in is sturdy, and the ingredients are individually-wrapped and well-packaged on a bed of straw.  It is assembled with foresight to survive shipping and rough handling, but in an artistic way.   
What was inside the box this month?
  • Balsamo's Family Kitchen 7 Salad Dressing : A tasty oil made rich with garlic, turmeric, and paprika.
  • American Juice Company The Ginger Gershwin : Zippy ginger and citrus juice that mixes well.
  • Jammy Yummy Red Pepper Jam : Only three ingredients, and a great recipe kick!
  • Soft Peaks Confections Chai Spice Dulce : Creamy chai-flavored cream that's perfect for pairing with your favorite dessert.
  • Savour This Kitchen Nomad Spice Blend : A mix of the Far East's best flavors to accentuate any dish.
A Tasting Guide details each producer and the included product.  The guide notes what the item pairs well with, the name of the chef inspired recipe (see them here), and the qualities of the product, including whether it is all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, vegetarian, and/or vegan.  All in all, this is a great subscription box for anyone who likes to cook or get creative in the kitchen!

Just the Facts…
  •  Hatchery Tasting Box
  • Cost : $25 per month
  • What’s Inside :  5-6 artisan ingredients and condiments from small-batch producers across the country
  • Ships : FREE to USA

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