Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bespoke Post - August 2013

Bespoke Post is a subscription service originally geared toward men, but I find that many of the products they offer can be appreciated by women too. Each month Bespoke offers a series of themed boxes, from which you can view and make your selection. You are automatically opted into one of the boxes, but have the option of switching to a different box or even skipping if you don't like any of the themes for the month. This month there were two new boxes: Aces (poker) and Frontier (tools that Ernest Hemingway would approve). Bespoke also made three of their archived boxes available again this month: Stirred (mixing drinks), 'Cue (BBQ) and Seared (grilling). Since I missed my chance to get Seared the first time around, I jumped at the opportunity to snag one!

The Box: Bespoke Post

The Cost: $45 a month (If you choose to skip, you don't have to pay that month.)

The Products: A “Box of awesome” curated with products associated with the box's theme.

Information Card

Essential Cane Habanero & Sweet Onion Sugars 1 oz each - $1.80 each ($3.60 total)

Bespoke: Essential Cane sugars are naturally flavored and as versatile an ingredient as you will find. Whether it be foods or liquids, the sweet or the savory, the sugar adds a distinctive kick to your dish. Check online for some tips, but for now, take a small dab and give it a quick taste. Don't worry, no one is looking. 

I look forward to trying both of these in the recipe suggestions Bespoke included in the information booklet!

WMF Profi Plus Butterfly Turner - $24

Bespoke: WMF joins you on your searing journey. Founded in 1953 as a metal repair workshop, WMF's superior craftmanship is the reason why it is chosen as the brand of choice for cooking professionals. Made of 18/10 stainless steel, the Profi Plus turner is stable and durable. A sturdy hanging loop allows you to set it aside easily when your hands are required elsewhere.

This looks like a high quality grilling tool, so I'm happy to add this to my kitchen collection!

SaltWorks Himalayan Salt Block (8"x8"x1.5") - $34.95

Bespoke: You're holding six hundred million years of history. Your new, pink slab of transulscent salt was mined from the Khewra Salt mines in the foothills of the Himalayn mountains. Initially a round ore, artisans chisel and then sand it down to usable sized pieces. Heat it up, cool it down - no matter what you do, you will experience a unique culinary adventure. 

Here's how it works. Use it cold as a serving tray for fruits, cheeses, carpaccio, sushi-grade fish and more - it will infuse a light layer of salt and bring out new flavors. Alternatively, heat the block on your stovetop or grill - it will not melt. The crystal structure of the block holds in heat for a sustained period of time resulting in unparalleled heat distribution. Sear vegetables, meats, seafood, or whatever you choose to place on it. No matter the use, be sure to prepare your best chef pose - people will be taking pictures.

My boyfriend is a chef, so I'm excited to have him try this out. I almost want to get another just so we can use one for cold curing and one for hot. According to the tips provided in the information booklet, it is tougher to use cold curing methods once the block has been heated. I also love that they include recipes!

Overall this box had a value of $62.55. I definitely feel like I got my money's worth! I know that whatever I receive, it's always high quality AND unique to this subscription, which I love.

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