Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hamptons Lane "Summer Picnic" Box Review Plus $10 Off First Box!

Hamptons Lane is an artisan food subscription. Each month they focus on a different region, food, ingredient or activity and send a box of food, kitchen tools and/or serveware curated around that theme.

Each month you can get the newest themed box or you can choose a different one from past boxes that you may have missed. If nothing looks good to you, you can skip! I really like it when a subscription offers a skip option. I wish they all did.

I signed up during a flash sale. The offer was buy one box and get a Summer Picnic free. I'm all over that because it means I get each box for $24 and both boxes were definitely worth that.

The Cost: $47/month. Skip Anytime.

What You Get: Curated artisan ingredients, handy kitchen tools with unique recipes delivered in a monthly themed box.

Jan's Farmhouse Cranberry Pistachio Crisps-These are the type of things I like to bring out at a party with a few kinds of cheese. I've never had these before though. They're made with cranberries, flax seed, pistachios and other seeds. Apparently Martha Stewart likes these. Designed to be eaten with cheese, slathered with honey, dipped in hummus or crumbled into a salad. Actually... that salad bit sounds like it would be good!
Value: $7.95

Mustard and Co. Garlic Dill Mustard- Oh, hey! This is made in Seattle! That's nice because if we want more, it'll be easy to get. My husband is somewhat of a mustard addict. He loves mustard. I hate it. And really, we have probably 6 kinds of mustard in the fridge. Good thing it never goes bad. Still, I think this is going to be the new favorite because it combines all the tastiest things.
Ingredients: Ingredients: fresh-ground and raw organic mustard seed, organic extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, filtered water, garlic powder, dill weed, Jacobsen Salt Co. sea salt.
Value: $7
Bee's Wrap Medium Wrap x 2- This is the reason I really wanted this box. It's a plastic wrap alternative made out of beeswax, organic jojoba oil, tree resin and organic muslin! It is so interesting. It's sort of sticky/grippy and as it warms up in your hands it becomes moldable. Wrap your item and as the warmth from your hands leave it, it stiffens up. I'm totally going to be using these for everything I can think of. Beeswax has some antibacterial properties that only enhance the awesomeness of this environmentally friendly wrap! Wrap cheese, half of a lemon, a sandwich or cover a bowl. Wash in cool water. Reusable.
Value: $12

Honey Pax Raw Tupelo Honey-This honey has not been pasteurized. It's locally sourced from master beekeepers that have been harvesting Tupelo for generations. Because fine Tupelo will never crystallize, it has an indefinite shelf life with no need for refrigeration. Crystallization in honey is purely a cosmetic issue. It's still honey, it's still got the same properties, it's still good to use. This is very good honey. It tastes very "wild" to me. If that makes sense. Some honey's taste like flowers, others slightly fruity. This tastes like nature. Yum!
Value: $3
Pallares-Solsana Custom Olivewood & Stainless Steel Knife and Leather Sheath- This knife was designed and crafted by David Pallares, a knife-maker in Spain. Each piece is hand-stamped with the makers mark and made of olivewood and stainless steel. This is a hand-sharpened blade 4" blade and it is SHARP! I'm glad it comes with a nice leather sheath. I'm a big fan of good knives and this will get a lot of use.
Value: $30?

VERDICT: My favorite items in this Hamptons Lane box are the knife and the Bee's Wrap. Getting a knife made in Spain by a 3rd generation knife-maker is pretty special. And the Bee's Wrap is just straight up amazing. The box also includes several recipes which use the products provided. Everything in this box will be used so it was definitely an excellent bonus gift for subscribing. The value of the box exceeds the regular price but not by much so keep that in mind when you subscribe.

With Hampton's Lane, you know what is in every box before you buy it. It's not a mystery. You'll be able to see what's in it and decide for yourself if it's something you want. If not, skip! It's a big benefit to have that option, especially with more expensive boxes like this.

If you would like to sign up for Hamptons Lane, you can get this exact box (or one of several others- I also got the 50 Shades of Chicken).  Sign up with this link and get $10 off your first box!

Have you received boxes from Hamptons Lane? Which was your favorite?

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