Disclaimer: Homegrown Collective provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.
Olives & Grapes & Herbs, Oh My!
Olive oil and I have had a pretty harmonious relationship in the past. I love the subtle, light flavor it lends to my dishes, and in return it does some amazing things for my body, like help keep my heart young, reduce my risk of type 2 diabetes, and it’s even rumored to help protect against breast cancer. Olive oil and I, we are good pals. That’s why when I had the chance to checkout this month’s Homegrown Collective box, it was a no-brainer. Olive Oil? I love it. Balsamic Vinegar? YES, please! Rosemary, Lemon, Basil and Chile? Now you’re speaking my language. Yes, yes, and yes. And yes.
If you haven’t heard of Homegrown Collective, they are a homegrown experience, delivered to your doorstep each month. Past boxes have included DIY Detox in a Box, Kombucha, DIY Cheese Kit, and Home Remedies & Cure Alls. This month’s box was foot scrubs and infusions, and contained top-quality ingredients, recipes and tutorials on how to make a foot scrub & soak, a cold infused mixture and a hot infused mixture.
The box contents included:
- Wood Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Organic and dried lemon peels
- Organic and dried rosemary
- Organic and dried basil leaf
- Organic and dried Japones chile peppers
- A pumice stone
- A jar
- 2 cruets
- A strainer
- A funnel
Within the first 24 hours of having the box, I was able to try the Foot Soak & Scrub. Now, I’ve created my own detoxing foot soaks before, but this recipe was a whole new level of oooh-sweet-goodness. Without revealing too much, it involved making a rosemary infused water with an organic lemon peel foot soak, and finished with an exfoliating sugar scrub. The pumice stone was included, so after 15 minutes, my feet felt (and looked) as great as they do after a great manicure.
The second recipe I tried is a Cold Infusion Method, in which I created a chile pepper infused olive oil. It even came with a cruet to transfer the oil into, after it was infused. The olive oil itself is Extra Virgin, first cold pressed olive oil, and all of the herbs are organic. I could tell that these boxes are put together with careful consideration to the quality of the ingredients. The olive oil turned out fantastic. The oil is great on its own, but the infusion with a little spice from the Japones makes a subtle and satisfying flavor.
The last recipe in this box is a Hot Infusion Method. There were many different options I could have gone with (rosemary, basil, or lemon, oh my!), but I decide to try a basil infused barrel aged balsamic vinegar (say that 3 times fast), because it just screamed bruschetta in my head. And I love bruschetta. The hot infused basil balsamic vinegar took around an hour to make (most of which was inactive cooking time), and the flavor was just outstanding. I feel like I should slap a label on it and sell it at the local Farmer’s market, to make a little cash on the side. It’s that good.
From the font, to the humor-laced, but informative instructions, this Homegrown Collective box was so much fun to try out. If you’re looking to learn more about self-sufficiency or care about environmental stewardship and sustainability, Homegrown Collective is a fun way to do it! I was amazed at the low cost of each box, given the high quality contents. They can accomplish this by seasonally curating each box to reduce costs, and passing those savings along to you!
If you’re interested in getting your own Homegrown Collective box, I have an exclusive discount code this month. Use the code GREENMOM10 at checkout to receive $10 off your first box!
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