Thursday, December 11, 2014

Quarterly Co. Food52 - #F5210

Quarterly Co. is a slightly different kind of subscription box company.  It's not a monthly adventure but it's quarterly.  The way it works is you pick a "contributor" you would like to receive a curated gift from anywhere from $50-$100 and every 3 months you will receive your item in the mail from them.  With each gift you receive the story behind it.  The curators consist of CEO's, authors, chefs, world travelers, business owners, etc.  Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs are the creators of Food 52.  I very much enjoy cooking and experimenting with new ingredients and flavors.  The description of this service read: "The best home cooking is a blend of the practical and the inventive. Which may be why, as avid home cooks, we love objects with utility as much as those with great beauty. We’ll be sending you packages filled with nifty items for your kitchen and table—no superfluous gadgets or gewgaws but things you’ll want to use and display for decades, until your children attempt to snag them for their first kitchens."  Sounded perfect for me. The cost of this box is $50.00 per quarter with shipping included.

Price $50 every 3 months. 

This is available in the US only and ships from El Dorado Hills, Ca - although the box says it's packed in Los Angeles. 

The good:

Variety: There are lots of different curators to choose from.

Something different: This is definitely different from other subscription companies

Commitment issues? Don't want to make a monthly commitment but still want a treasure?  You can get a quarterly treasure. 

The not so good:

Don't like waiting: If you don't like waiting this may be torture for you. 

The box was packaged like a bakery box.

pastry bags, tips, decorations

all the cookie cutters

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

All items are from Sweet Estelle's Baking Supply

8 Cookie Cutters in muslin bag. Value = $2.25/ea.

Silver Sprinkles. Value = $3.00

Green Sanding Sugar. Value = $3.00

Gold Crystal Sugar. Value = $3.00

White Sugar Pearls. Value = $2.75

10 Pastry Bags. Value = $2.29

Set of 3 Large Tips. Value = $6.25

Set of 6 Small Tips. Value = $1.25/ea.

2 Couplers for Pastry bag. Value = $0.80/ea.

Recipe adapted from Food52 for Holiday Cut-Out Cookies and Cookie Decorating Icing.

The value of this box is $47.39. This has always been a box that is about even with the price paid. I thought the idea of it was cute and appropriate for the baking season. I have lots of cookie cutters already so I didn't need these. I found a recipe awhile back though where you make fudge using cookie cutters and decorate them. When the person eats the fudge they still have a cookie cutter. I made look through mine and use the duplicates for something like that. I also have decorations but nothing this nice. The pictures don't do the colors justice. The are really bright and festive looking. Pastry bags are disposable items so even though I have some already I can always use more. I also have some decorating tips but not the large ones. I was happy that it came with the large round tip because that's what you use to make the big ol' swirl on cupcakes and I didn't have that tip. It also had the tip that is used to make grass. I don't have an immediate need to make grass but Easter will be here before you know it.

Verdict: The last 3 boxes have been ok but I wasn't overly thrilled by them. I canceled this subscription for now. 

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