Carnivore Club Review - Inagural Box October 2013 - Canadian Gourmet Food Subscription Box
What is it? Carnivore Club
How Much? $50 per month, includes shipping. $55 one time purchase. Gift options also available.
What’s in it? 4 to 6 selections of cured and smoked meats, charcuterie and jerky from across the planet.
I found out about Carnivore Club while browsing IndieGoGo one day. They were running a crowd funding campaign to get their gourmet cured meat subscription running. Two things immediately struck me: one, Carnivore Club is Canadian, based in Alberta and two, it's a monthly subscription box! To make this even better, it s a subscription box that delivers gourmet meat products! I pledged immediately, signing up to receive the Premiere Carnivore Club box.
Carnivore Club specializes in finding you products that cannot be found at your local grocery store or butcher shop. Our partners are all small artisan producers because we believe in the quality and care each partner takes to create their products.Their mission: "to help discerning individuals discover the best meat the world has to offer, every single month". Eventually Carnivore Club wants to set up a shop on their website, for consumers to purchase their favourite products.
Printing on inside of box.
My first impressions were great. I love the signature box, designed to look like old wood. The product card is colourful and informative. There are a few typos (insure instead of ensure, do instead of due), but that is often the case with new boxes (and some unfortunate older ones!). The meat is packaged in sturdy vacuum sealed packages. I would have liked to see labels on them to easier identify what is what. The salami and the chorizo were a tad confusing, but I think I figured it out.
Now for the contents...
This is a Spanish chorizo made from the black Iberian pig. It's mixed with paprika paste, peppers, garlic, wine, spices, and salt, then left to mature 24 hours. Once the casings are filled, the links are left for "natural air-dry curing" for no less than 30 days.
Bresola is a salt-cured, air-dried beef. It's an Italian cured meat that has been around since the 15th century. This cut has been rubbed with cinnamon, nutmeg, juniper berries, pepper, bay leaf, cloves, thyme, oregano, and rosemary.
Culatello is an Italian cured meat, made near the Parma region of Italy. This meat, cut from the rear leg of the pig, is cured in caves for 12 months. Carnivore Club says this traditional Italian meat is is the best of the best, and is also very hard to find.
Carnivore Club says this one is considered the most famous cured meat in the world. It looks a lot like prosciutto. It is made from the Iberian pig, like the chorizo, and comes from the Iberico region of Spain. The pigs are pasture raised and quite prized.
At first glance I was a worried, but now I'm cautiously curious. This is a traditional Quebecois pate made from cooked ground meat, seasons with whole peppercorns, mushrooms, and white wine. It's to be spread over a baguette, and can be topped with a fig spread for added sweetness.
This is a traditional Tuscan style sausage made from pure pork and spiced with fennel seeds. It's produced by local Italian artisan producers.
Overall I am quite impressed with Carnivore Club. I received 6 very good sized packets of gourmet cured meats. I'm sure I would never be able to find products like this on my own. It's impossible to properly put a value on the products in this box, but I'm quite certain it is worth what I paid, if not considerably more. Part of the appeal of Carnivore Club, along with receiving the box and contents, is experiencing the products. I haven't tried any of the meats yet but I look forward to putting them out for guests with some gourmet cheese and great BC wine.
While I think Carnivore Club technically is aimed at men, I was so impressed by this inaugural box, I signed up for a month-to-month recurring subscription. With the holidays coming, it's the perfect time. Subscriptions can be held or cancelled easily though account settings on the website. Gifting is even easier. You can specify the length of your gift subscription based on your budget. One, two, three, five, seven, ten... any number of months you want. You can also specify the start date of the gift, making it perfect for wedding gifts and Christmas time.
If you are interested in Carnivore Club, use promo code WC10 to get $10 off your first shipment. This promo code comes from Wine Collective, a Canadian wine subscription service.
What do you think of Carnivore Club?
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