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September 2016 The FareTrade Review + 20% Off Coupon
I’m hoping to move soon to an apartment with a bigger kitchen, in which case I will be able to cook more often. With that thought in mind, I decided it was time to review a subscription box dedicated to cooking ingredients. I chose The FareTrade over others because the ingredients are non-perishable, so I won’t be SOL if my moving plans are delayed and I’m not able to cook everything immediately. Plus, I had a coupon, and I can never resist those!
The gift of The FareTrade is that they send five full-size American-made products each month accompanied by recipes that use the products to make delicious meals. I was curious to see what the September box would entail.
1. A&B American Style Original Pepper Sauce
The first item I took out of the box was a bottle of Original Pepper Sauce from A&B American Style. This looks like a great sauce crafted in Brooklyn, NY. It’s made with red fresno chili peppers, red onions, and carrots and contains no sugar or artificial preservatives. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of spicy condiments, so I won’t be putting this to use. I’m sure whomever I gift it to will love it, though.
Estimated value: $12 (Source: ABAmerican.com / Amazon.com)
Expiration date: July 15th, 2019
2. Virginia Chutney Spicy Plum Chutney
The second item was a jar of Spicy Plum Chutney from Virginia Chutney. It was crafted in - you guessed it - Virginia (specifically, Flint Hill, VA.) This looks like an artisan product with what I assume is a great taste, but again, I’ll have to forego the spicy stuff. From the perspective of someone who won’t be using the product myself, I appreciate it for its versatility as both an ingredient for cooking and as a condiment for snacks such as cheese and crackers.
Estimated value: $8 (Source: VirginiaChutney.com / Amazon.com)
Expiration date: May 10th, 2018
3. Reginald's Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter
The third item was a jar of Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter from Reginald’s Homemade. This looks delicious. It’s a lite crunch peanut butter crafted with brown sugar, molasses, a splash of bourbon, and chunks of roasted pecans. It’s highly caloric, so I’ll have to eat it in moderation - good thing it can last until May 31st, 2017! Just imagine this on pancakes or waffles - yum!
Estimated value: $7 (Source: Reginaldshomemade.com / Mouth.com)
Expiration date: May 31st, 2017
4. Gustus Vitae Taste of Bordeaux
The fourth item was a container of Taste of Bordeaux spices from Gustus Vitae. Spices are a vital part of many recipes, so it’s a perfect fit for this type of box. This particular blend of spices was crafted in Los Angeles, CA and includes chives, dill, basil, chervil and tarragon. Although I wasn’t completely on board with the accompanying recipe for the spices (Kousa), I’ll probably keep them around for other recipes I find. It’s neat that the container doubles as a dispensing receptacle.
Estimated value: $8 (Source: Gustusvitae.com / iHerb.com)
Expiration date: December 31st, 2017
5. Wondergrain Pearled Sorghum
The fifth and final item was a bag of Pearled Sorghum from Wondergrain. I haven’t seen this type of grain before and I’m looking forward to giving it a try. I think this item will work well for a lot of people because not only is it a versatile grain, but it's gluten-free, so people with celiac disease can still partake in the product.
Estimated value: $5 (Source: Wondergrain.com)
Expiration date: Shelf life is 18 months
Overall, the September 2016 The FareTrade box included about $40 worth of food. The box cost is $65, and ordinarily I would decry that cost-to-value ratio. However, I believe the expert curation of the box adds to its value and can make it worthwhile for certain audiences. Not only are the items chosen by award-winning chefs who develop recipes in which the items are used, but the box also gives subscribers access to step-by-step video tutorials that show them how to successfully make the recipes. For these reasons, I think The FareTrade will work well for adventurous home chefs who want to try new products and recipes and can also be a great gift for anyone who likes to cook often or wants to expand their cooking habits. The products have great shelf life, so even if the recipient doesn’t use the ingredients all at once, they will last for a long while.
If you’re interested in trying this box, I have some good news - The FareTrade has provided a 20% off coupon code exclusively for Monthly Box Hub readers! The 20% off code is not only for your first month, but for EVERY month, bringing the monthly box cost down to $52 - and you don't need to worry about the price jumping up again after your first month. To get 20% off every month, simply order a subscription here and enter code “BoxHub” at checkout.
Recommended for: adventurous home chefs and people looking for a nice gift