Do you love bread? Silly question for most runners, right? Although there are runners with gluten issues or runners like me who gain weight easily when we eat too much bread. Which doesn’t mean I don’t eat bread!
If you fall into the runner who loves their bread category, have I got the subscription box for you! I became obsessed with Wildgrain box (click here, not an affiliate link) at the end of the year. What is Wildgrain box? Glad you asked! Their mission, from their Website:
Wildgrain is a small business based in Boston, MA. We’re passionate about delivering slow fermented sourdough breads, fresh pastas, and artisan pastries directly to your door.
Shortly before my birthday I decided to order a trial box. I figured it would be an early Valentine’s gift to Mr. Judy (and me). Yes, I usually get him a gift on my birthday.
Wildgrain is actually a subscription box, but the trial box is a one time deal which allows you try it without committing to a subscription. Every time I looked at the trial box, there would be a message that there were only x number of boxes left. I looked again for a link to this month’s trial box for this review, but I didn’t find any — so either they sold out of trial boxes or no longer offer them.
What was in the box
- 3 sourdough loaves: one regular, one cranberry whole wheat, and one rosemary and garlic
- 6 cranberry biscuits
- 4 english muffins
- 4 croissants
- 4 chocolate croissants
What did it cost?
The cost for the trial box (and actually a subscription box) is $89, although I was able to find a discount somewhere. Yes, it is a bit pricey. I always say what price is your health worth? So much bread is just full of junk. The ingredients in this are relatively clean. Shipping is included in the price of the box.
How does it work?
Every thing was still frozen on arrival — no shock, it was February — although it did seem to be well packaged. You stick it in the freezer and bake it from frozen. There are baking instructions printed on the package of every thing in the box.
While the Website claims the baked bread is ready in 25 minutes, sometimes the instructions tell you to let it stand. For loaves that can add almost 20 minutes to the time when the bread is ready to eat. So you have to figure that in.
I did one bread in the regular oven, but I did everything else in our toaster oven (which is quite large). There was a bit of trial and error, since ovens vary. For instance I had to cover pretty much everything while baking with foil until about the last 5 minutes or the top would get overcooked.
There were no major disasters.
You have a choice of bread, fresh pasta, and pastries or bread and pastries. I chose the bread and pastries.
The box changes slightly from month to month. I ordered our box in January, and in February I could have added cookies and brownies to the box. Oops!
We both liked pretty much everything in box. I asked Mr. Judy if he would do it again, and he said yes. He probably wouldn’t on his own, because of the expense, but he enjoyed everything in the box and loves his bread. I love it when he eats healthier bread.
The only thing we haven’t tried yet are the chocolate scones. Yes, this actually lasted us 2 months, but that was because I made sure it lasted. It would have all disappeared much quicker if Mr. Judy had his way.
- Delicious bread
- No defrosting necessary
- Healthy ingredients
- Clear baking instructions
- Free shipping
- Trial and error baking in your oven
- Budgeting for the cool down after baking
- Might be too small for a large family
If you decided to go the subscription box route, you can cancel, skip, or reschedule at any time. Since ours was a one time thing you couldn’t really schedule the delivery. I wanted it to be delivered on Valentine’s Day, but it just came when it came. Again if you’re interested, check out the Wildgrain Website here. Just a satisfied customer.
What’s your favorite subscription box?
Do you eat lots of bread?
Butcher Box (see my review here) is actually our only one (so far)
Although we do also get a veggie box in the summer
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.