Mouth is a company devoted both to helping you discover the best, most delicious indie food products available and to helping indie makers grow their businesses.
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 September 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.
September 2016’s package contained a black bean sauce, organic shallot oil, cider vinegar, mustard and a coffee rub.
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?
Mustard is my favorite condiment, so I was excited to get to try a classic deli mustard that was new to me. A. Bauer’s Mustard ($3.33 based on the cost of 12) was originally concocted over 120 years ago in Queens, NY. Amazingly, the mustard has been distributed by the same family ever since.
Made from mustard seeds, vinegar, salt and pepper, this classic combination tasted great on a leftover roasted turkey and vegetable sandwich.
Greenpoint Trading Company’s Coffee Rub ($6.25) consists of dark chili powder, brown sugar, paprika, flake salt, garlic, onion, coffee grounds and black pepper. It sounds fantastic! Unfortunately, though, my family avoids coffee, so I’m going to gift this to a (very lucky) friend.
Wei Kitchen’s Organic Shallot Oil ($15) is organic safflower oil that has been infused with organic shallots. It’s lovely. And with a 510-degree smoke point, it’s a great oil to use in stir fries. I used it in a chicken, broccoli, green bean, carrot stir fry with black bean sauce (see below), and it really made the dish.
I was very excited to try out Carr’s Ciderhouse Cider Vingar ($18.75)! For some reason, as soon as I saw this cider, I longed to feature it in a lentil salad.
I’m glad I did! It was fantastic! (I actually used both the Carr’s Ciderhouse Cider Vinegar and the A. Bauer’s Mustard in this dressing.) When coupled with extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, mustard and various herbs and spices, the slightly sweet Carr’s vinegar took center stage and transformed the lentil salad into one of the best bean salads I’ve ever had. Light, fresh and crunchy, I could eat this daily.
One Culture Foods’ Sweet Savory Spicy Chinese Fermented Black Bean Saute and Finishing Sauce ($9.99) has a delicious umami flavor to it! I added it to the stir fry I made with Wei Kitchens’ Organic Shallot Oil.
Between the organic shallot oil and the black bean sauce, this stir fry had a lot of flavor! My family ate it happily.
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 was roughly $54. That’s about the same as it was in August 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 two months ago 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 a bottle of Mable’s Barbecue Sauce.
I loved my third 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