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May 17, 2014

Hatchery Box April 2014 Review

Hatchery is a newer food tasting subscription box, and for $20 a month you get a box full of gourmet and artisan product samples to try out. They have a shop on their website where you can purchase the full size if you really enjoyed a certain product! 

This box arrived in 6 days via USPS from Kentucky to California. 

Hatchery individually wraps all the items in their box, and they definitely downgraded the size of their boxes this month to waste a little bit less. I can definitely appreciate that!

The info card includes a ton of information about each product including recipes for using the products in your box. I did love that this month three items from this box are locally grown and produced in California! I love being able to try local foods and products because you never know what delicious items are being produced right near you!

Two Snooty Chefs Hungarian Ragout - ($1) I don't really know what to do with this one, the info card suggests using it on meat or seafood. I'm thinking chicken might be best. 

Two Snooty Chefs Seattle Seasoning Salt - ($1) This item was supposed to be Maple Flakes ($3.25) instead according to my info card. I let Hatchery know and they sent me the Maple Flakes as well! Great customer service. To me it smells like this Pizza Seasoning B and I bought one time in Southern California. It would be perfect to sprinkle on pizza, or use in a marinara sauce or something like that!

O Olive Oil Fig Balsamic Vinegar - ($1.25) I tried this with just some toasted sourdough bread and some olive oil and it was very good. The info card suggests drizzled over ice cream, which I have heard of and I believe I've done before, but I don't think we have any ice cream at the moment!

Delta Blue Blueberries Organic Blueberry Fruit Spread - ($8) I just dipped my finger in the jar to try this, but it was delicious! I can't wait to come up with something interesting for this. Maybe a blueberry pancake syrup or reduce it with the fig balsamic vinegar to drizzle over the ice cream! I may have to do that...

Glicco's Arrabbiatta Pasta Gravy - ($2) I just used this with some simple pasta, tomatoes, and basil. I actually didn't think it was overly thick, but it definitely was spicy.

Murphy's Mustard Co. Motherlode - ($1.25) This is produced pretty near where I live, and it's very good. Not too sweet, not too spicy, not too vinegary. But it does have a bite, I've been using it spread on some bread for grilled cheese sandwiches.

Overall, this month's Hatchery box had a value of about $14.50 ($17.75 if you include the Maple Flakes), but I received this for free from a My Subscription Addiction giveaway, and I will still be receiving 2 more months of boxes. I don't know that the value is there to pay $20 for these 6 samples, maybe if they included one or two more it would be a better value. But the point is to get a chance to try these local products that you wouldn't get to try otherwise.

The info card stated I was supposed to receive Maple Flakes in place of the Seattle Seasoning Salt. I sent them an email letting them know and they offered to send the Maple Flakes to me right away! They arrived, and I can't wait to see what I can make with those.

And a handy tip: If you're getting little sample items like some of these that don't have a way to reseal if you open it, get some plastic condiment containers that have a lid. They can be found at like restaurant supply stores, or Smart and Final is where I think I got mine. I have a ton and I've been using them for the spice packets, or if you have beauty samples you can decant them in those!

If you'd like to subscribe to Hatchery, you can do so here. Currently they are on a wait list system because they are a new subscription box, but I waited on it as well and it was only a few days. Hatchery is $20 per month, and they send 5-6 hand selected artisan ingredients every month.

For all other Hatchery reviews, click here.

Disclosure: I received this box for free as part of a giveaway. I did not receive any monetary compensation for reviewing it, and this is my honest review.

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