If you don’t already know what a Hatchery box is, let me explain.
It’s 5-6 sample sized, carefully sourced artisanal cooking products that come to you in the cutest red box. For food/cooking enthusiasts, it’s like Christmas and your birthday all wrapped up in one box, but it comes EVERY MONTH! For just $20/month (FREE SHIPPING!) you get a new set of samples to taste and experiment with.
I have enrolled in services similar to this in the past, but I was honestly a little less than enthused about the products I was getting and always ended up cancelling. However, I was cautiously optimistic, based on all the wonderful reviews I read from actual Hatchery members on various social media sites, that Hatchery would be different. It seems my willingness to give this kind of thing just one more chance has been rewarded.
First of all, can we just take a minute to appreciate the fact that each item is individually wrapped? First you get to open the box, and then you get to unwrap each individual item. It’s possible I’m being a little ridiculous about how happy that makes me, but it’s the little things, you know?
January’s box held such variety, each absolutely tickling a different part of my very single-minded… erm… mind. You guys, I think about food and cooking a lot, and the items in this box have my noggin’ going overtime, in the best way possible.
The January box contains:
* Meso Nutso Blueberry Extract
* Maui Maid Spicy Teriyaki Marinade
* Noble Handcrafted Tonic 02 Vanilla and Chamomile Infused Maple Syrup
* Fogg City Spice Co. Sicilian Blend
If you’re interested in trying out Hatchery, just go here and click the “Request an Invite” button. They tell you it’ll take about a week, but I got my invite in three days. Boxes ship out on the 15th of every month, and if you decide after your first box that you’re just not into it, you can cancel. Somehow, I don’t think you will. Often, all a tired, over-used recipe needs is just that one, special ingredient to liven things up and make it new again, so even if you don’t feel inspired enough to turn any of these products into something brand new, you might just find it’s the little spark you need to get your kitchen mojo back.
Of course, you have to know that as I’m playing around with the products in these boxes, I’ll be sharing my ideas with you. If any of you decide to sign up for a Hatchery subscription, I’d love to do a little “cook-along” with one of the items every month, so be sure to let me know in the comments if that’s something you’d like to do.
Happy Weekend, everyone! I’m off to play.