Dive head first into cooking with our Gourmand Kit! In this box, you’ll find the necessities to bring a little more oomph to your cooking. Each Culinarie Kit includes ingredients from artisan producers across the United States. Box contents may vary by season. Enjoy!

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The Ingredients

Ingredients are subject to change based on seasonal availability.

Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegar

Sparrow Lane Artisan Vinegars is based in California, distilling the most delicious acidic concoctions. Apple Cider Vinegar is a well known staple in tons of recipes, and Sparrow Lane’s Gravenstein apple version knocks the kitchen staple so far out of the park, you’ll be in a new league.

Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegar Tips

  • This ACV is brighter and far more flavorful than your boring store brand. Use it in cold salad dressings to really latch on to the flavor of the apples.
  • Skip the lemon juice in your next soup — try a teaspoon of Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegar as your acid component instead.

Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe Ideas

Vinaigrettes Made Simple [Culinarie Kit]

Chickpea Waldorf Salad [The Kitchn]

Plantain Buddha Bowl [Kitchen Confidante]

Apple Sauce [Serious Eats]

Smoky Potato, Corn & White Bean Stew [Umami Girl]

Sparrow Lane Culinarie Spotlight

We love Sparrow Lane so much here at Culinarie Kit, that we decided to ask Chef Jesse a few questions. Read our interview with Sparrow Lane’s head honcho Jesse Layman!

Black Truffle Mustard

Mustard isn’t just for sandwiches when you’re learning the culinary ropes. It’s a fantastic emulsifier for dressings and sauces, it adds a much-needed zest to potato salads and coleslaw, and… well, okay, it’s really good on sandwiches, too. This Black Truffle Mustard takes it a step further, infusing the umami-riffic notes of black truffle into the classic condiment.

Black Truffle Mustard Tips

  • Use in any recipe that calls for mustard to add a richer, more exotic note to the dish.
  • Black truffle is a strong flavor that can easily overpower other ingredients. If you’re planning a recipe with delicate flavors, cut the mustard (ha!) with regular old dijon.

Black Truffle Mustard Recipe Ideas

Mustard Glazed Carrots [Juls Kitchen]

Roasted Broccolini with Creamy Mustard Sauce [Tess Masters]

Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Creamy Mustard Sauce [The Veg Life]

Mustard and Chive Potato Salad [Aggie’s Kitchen]

Infinity Brussel Sprout Slaw [Culinarie Kit]

Bolivian Rose Pink Mineral Sea Salt

Pink salt has been making waves in the mainstream culinary scene for about a decade now, so it makes sense that specific varieties would be of interest to chefs! Bolivian Rose Sea Salt is harvested in the Andes Mountains and distributed exclusively by SaltWorks. It’s pretty rare–and delicious!

Bolivian Rose Sea Salt Tips

  • These pale pink crystals are packed with flavor, so feel free to toss them directly into a salt mill for table use.
  • Use the crystals whole to garnish caramels, cookies or other sweets.
  • Use a squeeze of grapefruit, then dry the salt on the lowest setting of your oven. Grind coarsely and use as a garnish to cocktails!

Shallot Oil

This Shallot Infused Olive Oil will become your new best friend in the kitchen. Make sure to take a whiff before cooking with it — this stuff is intoxicating. Shallot oil is common in French and Vietnamese cooking, but it works in just about any culinary style, adding a savory aromatic component to dishes.

Shallot Oil Tips

  • The flavor is more subdued than the scent, so this oil really shines as a finishing ingredient — try it on top of hummus, or mixed with your favorite balsamic as a bread dip.
  • Add a couple drops to a batch of rice for a subtle scent and flavor.
  • If you’re using this shallot oil to pan fry, make sure to keep the heat to medium — olive oil has a lower smoke point than vegetable or canola oil.

Shallot Oil Recipes

Infused olive oils make a delicious addition to any recipe calling for regular olive oil. Try using your Rosemary Savory or White Truffle Infused Olive Oil in these tasty dishes:

Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta [The Mediterranean Dish]

Baked Parmesan Garlic Potato Chips [Culinarie Kit]

Epic Baba Ganoush [Cookie and Kate]

Baked Tilapia in Garlic and Olive Oil [The Olive Crush]

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

You may be used to the basic red-capped lemon pepper shaker, also known as the world’s most boring seasoning. Green Point Trading Company’s Lemon Pepper Seasoning is worlds above that! Building on the classic tart-and-spicy flavor combo famous for lazy chicken seasoning, this lemon pepper seasoning has layers and oomph. Green Point Trading Company was founded in 2011 by a culinary couple and is based out of Brooklyn, NY. All of their spice and seasoning blends are preservative and additive free!

Lemon Pepper Seasoning Tips

  • As the name suggests, it’s great on poultry, but we prefer to use it on roasted cauliflower.
  • Mix with flour for a new take on fried chicken, fish, pickles, or cheese curds
  • Shake a little onto warm buttered bread for tasty comfort food

Umami Dust

Allspice Culinarium is a boutique spice shop based in Iowa. Their Umami Dust is a savory blend of veggies and aromatics designed to provide the elusive “fifth taste.” Umami is the savory and earthy counterpart to the other four tastes: sweet, bitter, sour, and salty.

Umami Dust Tips

  • Use a pinch when seasoning proteins like tofu, or when building your own spice rub.
  • Add a dash to homemade vegetable stock during the boiling process to create more depth of flavor in your soups and stews.
  • Use in vegetarian gravies to get that “meaty” flavor you might otherwise miss.

Culinarie Exclusive

Infinity Seasoning Blend

Smelly’s Brunch seasoning blends are created by Culinarie’s own Executive Chef Ellie (aka “Smelly”). The Infinity Seasoning Blend is modeled after a classic “everything” bagel with a smoky, gourmet touch. The spices, seeds, and aromatics in this blend add complexity to its base of cherrywood smoked sea salt.

Infinity Seasoning Blend Tips

  • A pinch of Infinity will liven up boring mayonnaise-based salads like coleslaw, tuna or chicken salad
  • Add to a grain dish like couscous or a rice pilaf with a touch of olive oil for a fluffy and interesting side dish (like SoLADeli’s infused olive oil included in this kit)
  • Work 1 tbsp Infinity into 1/4 cup softened butter for a luxurious and complex compound butter

Infinity Seasoning Blend Recipes

Breadless Infinity Tuna Melt [Culinarie Kit]

Infinity Brussels Sprout Slaw [Culinarie Kit]

3 Flavored Deviled Egg Recipes [Culinarie Kit]

Lox & Cream Cheese Wontons with Hollandaise Sauce [Culinarie Kit]

The Toys

It’s not a pet rock, it’s Chef Soap: magic made of stainless steel. Rinse your hands with water and rub this little treasure to rid your skin of lingering smells from particularly aromatic food. Nobody wants to smell like garlic all day! Okay, well, we might

Don’t toss that cloth that your ingredients came wrapped in! It’s flour sack towel and every kitchen needs one…or twenty. They’re huge, they’re absorbent, and they’ve been used in professional and home kitchens for ages because they’re so versatile. You can use this towel to clean, or use it to cover dough while it rests. You can even use it as a substitute for cheesecloth in a pinch–it’s great for wringing moisture out of vegetables. Best of all, they’re durable and can be washed by hand or in a machine.

All Culinarie Kit packaging is 100% recycled or reused from our vendor shipments! Please continue the trend and reuse or recycle your Culinarie Kit box to help save the planet.

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