Mark Sisson got me good. Basically gives away all of his outstanding content on his blog and then writes up one of the best comprehensive yet simple books about health and fitness in The Primal Blueprint.
When I finished The Primal Blueprint I was like “how does Mark make money when he’s giving away the knowledge for free. Sure as shit up pops an email mentioning the Primal Kitchen with a 15% discount and a bunch of freebies on my first order.
I have been buying from the Primal Kitchen for a year now starting with the Whole 30 Kit. Instead of writing reviews for each item from the Primal Kitchen I decided it would be best to dedicate one page to all of them. Reason being is there is only so much you can say about Mayo.
At the time of this writing I have almost tried them all and will add in the last ones as I go. With that, I’ll start with my favorite and work my way down.
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Chipotle Lime Mayo – Holy fucking shit is this stuff delicious. I am not joking. This is by far the best mayo I have had in my entire life. I cannot put this shit down when I get it. I have bought 4 jars so far and rarely does it last a week in my house.
The Chipotle Lime Mayo is so good that there have been times where I’ll grab a fork, go to the fridge, open the jar, and start eating away. I get 6 swipes with my fork in before I show some restraint and put it back.
I do not know how Mark and his team made this shit but its amazing. I’ll put it on eggs, throw a scoop in salad, or use it as a dip. It is pricey at $9.95 a jar and it goes quickly. It would be nice if they sold it in a much larger tub with hopefully some sort of a discount based on volume.
Its hard to justify buying the Chipotle Lime Mayo all the time because of the price. There is one of those fancy health food stores near me that keeps it in stock which I pop into every other month or so when I am in downtown Royal Oak. It costs the same to buy it in the store as it does via the Primal Kitchen website as they do free shipping.
Mayo – Regular old boring delicious mayo. As you can tell from above, I have a thing for the Chipotle Lime Mayo. The regular Mayo is good, not as good from a taste point of view as Chipotle Lime, but good.
The Avocado Oil is a nice touch and the simplicity of the quality ingredients makes it so much better than your run of the mill mayo you get at a grocery store.
Again, $9.95 a jar is on the expensive side but if its quality you want then thats what you get. It is available to be purchased in a gallon sized tub.
Ranch Dressing – Wow, just wow. This is some good tasting stuff. It reminds me of ranch dressings I’ve had at fancy restaurants.
It does not glob (you know what I mean) out when poured. The right amount of creaminess when applied to a salad.
Avocado Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar give it a unique taste over big box grocery store ranch dressings.
Again, at $7.95 it is pricey and it goes quick. It is only available to buy in one size. This is my favorite Primal Kitchen dressing but like the other items I wish it was available to buy in bulk.
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette – A first for me. I have had Honey Mustard and Vinaigrette dressings before but not at the same time.
My initial thoughts were it was going to be thick like the Honey Mustard dressings I’ve had before. As you can tell from the picture it is not. It is more Vinaigrette than Honey Mustard.
It is good but not my favorite. Probably due to me thinking about Honey Mustard being something used to dip stuff into and occasionally used on salads.
The same $7.95 as the other dressings with no chance to buy in bulk.
Greek Vinaigrette – A very good vinaigrette that met my expectations. Kind of spicy and tangy. I think I might be sensitive to one of the ingredients. There were a couple of times when my tongue swelled up. Nothing crazy but enough to get me thinking something strange is going on.
I am not a big fan of vinaigrettes in general so that is why this one and Honey Mustard are on the bottom of the list.
$7.95 for a bottle with no opportunity to buy in bulk. I might have poured a quarter of the bottle out the first time I used the Greek Vinaigrette on a salad. Made me sad seeing $1.98 in dressing pour out all at once. This is the only dressing I will not buy again unless they are giving a sweet deal.
California Extra Virgin Avocado Oil – I prefer to use this on a salad versus the vinaigrettes. I am guessing the “Extra Virgin” is what makes this Avocado Oil so thin.
It is noticeable how much clearer and thinner it is than the regular Avocado Oil or Olive Oil. I have used it to cook with and to drizzle on salads.
This is my first time buying an Avocado Oil and possibly using it. The only oils I have used up to this point are Olive Oils.
Avocado Oil plays a big part in the Primal Kitchen lineup as its an ingredient in all of the items above. They really like their fats.
At $12.95 it seems like a fair price due to the quality of the ingredients. Like the other Primal Kitchen items I wish there was a way to buy in bulk.
Coconut Cashew Bars – Its not a protein bar. Its a Grass-Fed Collagen Bar mixed with cashews, pumpkin seeds, and coconut flakes.
I have not had something like this before. It is unique. Primal Kitchen really pushes the collagen part of these bars. From what I understand it is 100% protein. They get their collagen from grass-fed cows in Germany and Brazil.
The taste does not wow me but I don’t know how you’re going to make cashews and pumpkin seeds taste that much better. The coconut flakes are a nice touch.
You get 12 bars for $36 which is on the high end for a snack. You have to be on the Primal Kitchen email list to get deals on the Coconut Cashew Bar which is what I did. I have seen a buy one get one free deal before and its the only time I buy them due to the $36 price.
The Chipotle Lime Mayo is awesome. I lied when I said I could not write that much about Mayo. The regular Mayo is very good too. Ranch dressing is my favorite. California Extra Virgin Avocado Oil is great to cook with or use on salads.
There are still a couple more items I will be purchasing to try out and will update them with a review when I get them. I do buy both Mayo’s every couple of months regardless of price.
For the rest of the items I wait until there is a buy one get one free or 20% off coupon in their monthly newsletter.
If you want to ease your way into the Primal Kitchen I recommend getting a Free Box of Chocolate Almond Bars. You only pay for shipping. This also puts you on their list where you will be sent coupons.
The price of the Primal Kitchen items is only a hang up because of the quantity. If they had an option to buy in bulk at a discount I probably would not mind.
There is one thing in common with all of the Primal Kitchen items. You get what you pay for. The ingredients are top notch and well put together.
Most items are Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Soy & Canola Free, Dairy Free, and Paleo Approved. Pretty impressive how they achieved those and made good tasting items in the process.
I see myself being a customer of the Primal Kitchen for quite awhile. Not every month. Probably not every other month either. Definitely every third month though.