Gourmet Garden – Fresh Made Easy Herbs {Review and Giveaway}

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Just over a month ago, I attended a food blogging conference called the Big Summer Potluck 4. Aside from a wonderful few days filled with FAB food, new friends, and great inspiration, I also got to know some brands that I hadn’t heard of before. One of these brands is Gourmet Garden. Now, my mom would tell you I was crazy…she has known about them for months and admired all of their fresh herb containers while strolling the produce aisle at McCaffrey’s. However, this was a first introduction/taste for me.

We received a bunch of containers of fresh herbs in a cooler at the conference since Gourmet Garden was a lead sponsor. And a lot of the food at the conference used these herbs in the recipes (especially the MYO pizza bar…YUM!).

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I must say though, I was a bit dubious bringing this cooler home and loading the side door of my refrigerator with packaged herbs. I wasn’t sure it would really hold a place in my kitchen…until I was making my Homemade Pizza Sauce one day on a whim. My world (and thoughts of Gourmet Garden) changed that day.

Fresh tomatoes were at a surplus at the farm so I grabbed a bunch with no plan in mind. When I arrived home and put H down for a nap, I decided to cook some marinara sauce in one pot and pizza sauce in another. OH NO! I had no fresh garlic in the house. Or parsley. Or basil. CRUD…I was stuck. I couldn’t run out to the store and my tomatoes were already cooking in the pot. I could use dried spices (turns nose) but grrr…. Then I remembered my Gourmet Garden containers in the fridge and grabbed them.

How did the sauce turn out that day? Amazing. Now, I will say, with fresh herbs from the farm that day, I am sure it still would have turned out amazing BUT, that wasn’t an option. Gourmet Garden came through for me that day and honestly, I can’t say that was the last time either. Since then there have been a ridiculous amount of incidents where I have been able to cook something I wouldn’t have because I have had them. And I must say…they have an Italian Herbs container that is perfect for toppings on a pizza or really anything Italian. No mixing your herbs or spices anymore, they did it for you.

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Their Fresh Dill was an ingredient in my Summer Harvest Chicken Salad too! Gourmet Gardens showcases SO many great recipes that their herbs can be used in, but really, opportunities are endless. I loved all of the ways Pam Anderson used them at BSP4!

On all organic farms in Central Queensland Australia, farmers grow and mix these herbs which stay fresh for 3 months of use. There are a bunch of varieties including your classics like garlic paste, cilantro, Italian herbs, dill, and basil as well as some really fun varieties such as chili pepper, ginger, lemongrass, and Mediterranean seasoning! You can see all of them here.

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Sold only in select locations in the U.S. right now, see if there is a store by you.

I am SO very excited to offer a package of 11 Gourmet Garden Herbs delivered to your doorstep for a lucky reader of mine;) Herbs will include: Basil, Chili Pepper, Cilantro, Dill, Garlic, Ginger, Italian Herbs, Lemon Grass, Oregano, and Parsley.
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*Disclosure: I received my herbs in a gift bag for a conference I attended. All opinions are unbiased as a review was not an expectation. I genuinely think this product is great and wanted to offer it to my readers:) 

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About Lauryn Blakesley


A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I would love to try the cilantro or dill. I have been using so much cilantro lately. I also love using dill but rarely buy it. It would be nice to have it on hand. Great giveaway.
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  2. I am always throwing away herbs I love this Idea! thanks for sharing
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  3. I have been wanting to try these! Looks SO convenient!
    Noelle (@singerinkitchen) recently posted…No-Spill™ 2-Handled Soft Sipper Cup ReviewMy Profile

  4. These look so easy!! I would like to try the garlic

  5. Saw something like this at the Kutztown Giant yesterday and now I’m wondering if it’s the same company! I would love to have cilantro that I can use in 3 months instead of a few days. It always seems to get yucky before I use it all and then I feel wasteful! Great idea!

  6. I’m a very big fan of Thai seasoning, so I’d love to that – and the Lemon Grass!
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  7. Basil – although I would be interested in trying Dill in a few things.
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  8. I always keep a tube of cilantro on hand for homemade salsa– it tastes great! But I’ve never tried the oregano or the lemon grass, both I’m sure are amazing.
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  9. Definitely the garlic. So much easier than mincing it by hand! =)

    Btw, I have a giveaway going on at my blog for a pair of kid’s slippers(NB-5 y. olds). You can enter here if you want: http://dreamingofperfect.weebly.com/1/post/2013/09/slippers-that-dont-fall-off-a-giveaway.html

  10. The herbs I am most interested in are Lemon Grass and Chili Pepper. They were both recommended from my doctor and now I try to use them in many recipes.

  11. I would love to try the lemongrass simply because I have never cooked with it before!
    Cindy recently posted…Spicy roasted almonds and walnuts recipeMy Profile

  12. I love these herbs, and never would have thought to try them. Any time I need a salad dressing, I grab them.
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  13. Ginger is very tasty in Asian dishes and stirfrys too. Thanks!

  14. Patricia Russell says:

    Thank you for this lovely giveaway! I have to admit, I’m having a hard time deciding on just one I really want to try. If I had to pick just one, I’d have to say the Chunky Garlic because I use garlic SO much. But I’d love to try the Lemongrass and Ginger in order to challenge myself to make dishes I don’t normally make. Having those flavors on hand might make that easier for me. I LOVED the sound of the Lemongrass Ginger Pear recipe on Gourmet Garden’s website. Thanks again!

  15. We had a recipe as kids for Mediterranean bread that would be amazing with those spices!
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  16. Ginger would be great for my digestion and delicious in smoothies too!

  17. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I reallly love using herbs. I hope to win these 11 Gourmet Garden Herbs including Basil, Chili Pepper, Cilantro, Dill, Garlic, Ginger, Italian Herbs, Lemon Grass, Oregano, and Parsley.
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  18. I’d like to try the basil.

  19. The cilantro and ginger.

  20. Garlic and the Dill

  21. The Lemon Grass!

  22. fresh herbs taste so much better than the dried ones, but I use those most of the time. these look really good! great for all kinds of cooking and recipes.
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  23. Pamela Badolato says:

    I’d try the chili paste, then I won’t burn my eyes when I rub them after chopping chilis!

  24. My oldest and I can’t get enough spicy in our diet, so I’d like to try out the chili pepper paste. Thanks for the giveaway opp! :)
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  25. Angie Weidner says:

    Thanks for posting! I just saw these at the store this week! I got the cilantro for some fresh salsa and it was delish! Would love to try the basil, oregano and garlic as these are the staples to most of my recipes :)

  26. Patricia Russell says:

    I was just wondering who won this lovely giveaway? I’ve been checking email but haven’t seen anything. I hope I didn’t miss it.

    • Hi Patricia! I am so sorry. Maybe I should think about asking the winner if I can post their name… There was a winner, Gina B. SO glad you entered and stay tuned. There may be more giveaways from this awesome company…

      • Patricia Russell says:

        Okay. Whew. Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. The podcast was wonderful. I learned alot so it’s okay I didn’t win cuz in a way I still did. I know that sounds hokie but it’s true. Congratulations to Gina!

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