Mouth is a company devoted to helping you discover and get the best, most delicious and most interesting indie food products and to help indie makers grow their business.
They offer an astounding 16 monthly subscriptions! You can also order individual products from their online store. Shipping is free for orders over $100.
This review covers August 2016’s Mouth Indie Ingredients Every Month subscription.
All items arrived well packaged in strong protective air bubble wrap.
Along with a list of the enclosed products and a coupon to use toward a future purchase, Mouth wrapped the food products in attractive butcher paper and placed them in a fancy brown bag.
Due in no small part to the fancy packaging, I feel as if I just got home from a boutique grocery and am unwrapping my finds.
August 2016’s package contained barbecue sauce, black beans, fig balsamic vinegar, garlic hot sauce and sea salt.
The indie ingredients and their respective makers are listed on the enclosed information sheet.
Along with the indie foods, my subscription also included a seasonal cocktail recipe that incorporates Leopold Brothers Aperitivo! Originally distributed in 2015, it’s the first American-made aperitivo on the market. Made from vodka that’s flavored with grapefruit peels, coriander and flowering botanicals and colored with cochineal, this may not be suitable for vegetarians, but it’s delicious nonetheless!
The cocktail tasted of floral grapefruit with a hint of lime. Although I enjoyed it very much, I was surprised that more of the watermelon didn’t shine through. I’m excited to discover even more cocktails I can make with my new Aperitivo! Does anyone have any suggestions?
I had the pleasure of first trying Mable’s Liquid Country Gold Barbecue Sauce ($12.25) in Hamptons Lane’s July 2016 Modern Grilling box. This stuff is so good! I actually bought a bottle of it from Mouth in late July with my 10% discount coupon, and I’m thrilled to have received another! My mom came to visit me last weekend, and I let her try some. She immediately ordered a bottle to give to my father at Christmas.
It’s a perfectly balanced barbecue sauce that tastes great on skirt steak and chicken alike. Yum!
I loved Rancho Gordo’s Midnight Black Beans ($5.99)! I soaked them to reduce the cooking time, but now that I’m reading their website, they actually recommend not soaking them. Oops! They were still delicious. I loved how the carrots, onions and celery penetrated the skin to add a lovely depth of flavor. Their texture was perfectly creamy.
I seasoned them with the Jacobsen Salt Company Sea Salt I received this month, which was sublime, and paired them with corn-studded tomatillo rice. What a wonderful meal!
FYI – these beans are also in Hamptons Lane’s Taste of the Southwest box, which is still available to order.
I was very excited to receive The Girl and the Fig’s Fig Balsamic Vinegar ($12)! The Girl and the Fig makes one of my all-time favorite cheese plate condiments, Dried Fig Compote, so I was thrilled to try another one of their offerings.
Wow! This vinegar has just the right amount of sweetness! When paired with the Baja Precious olive oil I received in last month’s Mouth Indie Ingredients box, I had the perfect salad dressing. So easy! I love fig paired with goat cheese, but unfortunately, I was all out. So I added some tomatoes and Treat Bake Shop’s Spiced Pecans (also available at Mouth–SO good!) to some spinach for a lovely lunch. Next time, though, I’ll top my dressed spinach with sliced apples, goat cheese and the Treat Bake Shop Spiced Pecans. I can’t wait!
Filfil’s Number 7 Garlic Hot Sauce ($12) tastes wonderful. I just haven’t found the perfect pairing for it yet. It tastes of garlic and spices. It’s delicious eating out of the jar, though it is hot. I tried adding it to a frittata, but it overpowered the dish. I added it to black beans, which I liked but didn’t love. I’m planning on using it as a marinade for chicken for an upcoming taco night.
Jacobsen Salt Company’s Hand-Harvested Pure Flake Sea Salt ($12) tastes great on its own, but adds a wonderful flavor to cooked dishes as well. I seasoned my black beans with it which turned out very well. Next, I plan on serving this atop some sliced heirloom tomatoes. Jacobsen Salt Company recommends serving it with a warm baguette, butter and Bee Local honey. I have to try this! I received some awesome Bee Local Oregon High Desert Honey in May’s Hive Box (lucky me!), and I can’t wait to use it!
To top it all off, Mouth enclosed a coupon good for 10% off a future purchase. Perfect!
This subscription would make the perfect gift for the foodie in your life! Each month, they send out a wide variety of products from small batch producers, and I think it’s great that they include discount coupons and drink recipes along with their boxes. This month’s retail value came to $54. That’s better than last month, and seems reasonable considering all the care that Mouth puts into packaging and shipping.
For those who don’t mind curating their own selections and spending more money each month, Mouth includes free shipping on orders over $100. I took advantage of that last month and stocked up on Jar Goods’ Classic Vodka Sauce (which I tried for the first time in Mouth’s Indie Ingredients Every Month July 2016 box), Sfoglini’s Beet Fusilli (which I tried for the first time in Pasta Crate’s May 2016 box) and Treat Bake Shop’s Spiced Pecans. I also ordered another bottle of Mable’s Barbecue Sauce.
I loved my second installment of Mouth’s Indie Ingredients Every Month Club! All of the products were special, small batch, artisan products that tasted heavenly. I can’t wait to see what they send out next month!
The Description: We curate a monthly box of the best, most show-stopping small-batch sauces, oils, vinegars, hot sauces, condiments and spices in the shop. Our indie makers have done the hard part for you by locking in on that elusive “it factor” flavor and bottling it right up.
The Price: $210.00 per quarter