Crate Chef December 2017-January 2018 Subscription Box Review + Coupon!

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Crate Chef is a bi-monthly subscription box that brings your favorite chefs’ top picks to you. Each month costs $45, and you’ll get a specially curated box filled with a well-known chef favorite kitchen items, food products, as well as selected recipes.

DEAL: Save 10% off your first order with coupon code HELLO10.

Each month Crate Chef collaborates with a different famous chef to bring you products that will up your cooking game.

This month’s chef is Chris Coombs. He is the owner of Boston Urban Hospitality, has appeared on Food Network’s “Chopped”, and was a candidate for Food & Wine magazine’s best new chef in New England.

Okay. Here I have been pedantically calling it a cheeseboard when I could have been calling it a charcuterie board. It sounds so much more fancy!

This handy little card was in the box and gives some great ideas for laying out a holiday charcuterie board. I am impressed that they mentioned pickled okra (look under the “pickled” section”). I used to be under the delusion that pickled okra was gross, but then I tried it and it is glorious. Dilly, salty, not slimy at all, glorious. Really.

Chicago Metallic Popover Pan

To create true popovers, this is the pan for you. The cups are designed so that as popovers bake, rise, and “pop over” just like in the bakery—they won’t spread into the others in the pan. Deep tapered cups promote even baking and better air circulation. The pan is also great for making muffins and cornbread.

Raise your hand if you have never had a popover. (Slowly raises an embarrassed hand.) I didn’t even know what a popover was. I had to Google it. Do these not exist in the south? Am I backwoods and sheltered? (Don’t answer that.) But, apparently I already have a larger popover pan. (I thought it was just for tall cupcakes.) Now that I have admitted all of my faults, this is actually a really nice popover pan. I am impressed that it is in this month’s box. The construction is very sturdy. Also, one of the included recipes from Chef Coombs is a popover recipe so that you can try the pan out. Woohoo!

New England Charcuterie Saucisson Sec Salami & Snack Sticks

The selected charcuterie was created by Joshua Smith, chef and owner of New England Charcuterie. Josh is the “prince of pork” – and I believe the most talented charcuterie chef in the country.  He tirelessly sources the finest pork and treats it with precision and care.  He weaves charcuterie into an art form and I’m honored to share the beauty of his product both in my restaurants and with you.

You can never go wrong with sticks of meat. Unless you buy them at a gas station. Don’t do that. But, these are high class meat sticks that will not disappoint.

French Mustard by Edmond Fallot

The mustard is made in Beaune, France, near Dijon, where seeds are selected for their high quality and ground in a traditional stone mill.

The mustard is smooth textured with a creamy smokey flavor and pairs well with the charcuterie meats.

Butternut Farms Maple Syrup

No New England food grouping would be complete without maple syrup from Vermont.  It is a unique ingredient to our part of the world and a nice condiment to have in your cupboard.  With hints of caramel, vanilla and prune, maple syrup can go well beyond pancakes.  Next time you roast a chicken, mix a bit with hot sauce and use it as a glaze.

You think anyone would look at me funny if I kept this in my jacket pocket and took it out and had a nip of it every now and then throughout the day? I don’t drink alcohol, but I could totally handle a swig of maple syrup every now and then, cause this stuff is rockin’!!

Sasa DeMarie Silpat Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat

These are great for baking because they dissipate heat evenly to keep your cookies and baked good from quickly burning.  It will also save you on cleanup time.

Nice, the same convenience as baking on parchment, but it lasts forever. I approve.

Wooden Salt Cellar – Ain’t this cute? The lid swings over and stays shuts with little magnets. Very elegant and clean looking.

Every box includes a collection of recipe cards from the featured chefs. These all look wonderful. They usually include an item or two from the box.

They also included this deal for a new cheese box. The Tasting Board is a new monthly cheese board. Sounds lovely.

Crate Chef is a box that invites you into the kitchen. It beckons you to the stove and calls you to taste the goodness of real food. I love that all the items are high quality and useful with recipes to try them out with. It is a lovely box.

What did CrateChef inspire you to cook?

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