Primal Kitchen Review
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About Primal Kitchen
We all know the benefits that come with eating a whole foods diet, but bland lunches and unseasoned snacks only get us so far if they’re not satisfying. Primal Kitchen was created to quell those cravings for something delicious while eating healthy.
Whether you’re Whole 30, Keto, or following a refined sugar-free diet, the brand’s selection of flavor-packed sauces, dips, and condiments are here to add zest, gusto, and life back into a flavorless diet.
Primal Kitchen products were a hit as soon as they landed on the shelves of local grocery stores. The brand is a constant feature in big-name media outlets like Cooking Light, The Today Show, and Gear Patrol, and boasts a hearty Instagram following of 706k.
With a company this popular, there’s a lot to unpack in this Primal Kitchen review. Ahead, you’ll discover all of the need-to-know information about the brand and its best-selling products, read up on customer feedback, promotions, and more, to help you decide if it’s worth trying out.
Overview of Primal Kitchen
Whether you’re a member of the keto community or simply like to browse the web for the occasional question about your health, there’s a good chance you’ve stumbled across Mark’s Daily Apple—a wellness website with all the answers.
The same Mark that’s behind the well-known site is the one who created Primal Kitchen in 2017. Google Mark Sisson and you’ll undoubtedly see his smiling face and shirtless, sculpted bod.
He credits his incredible physique to what the brand calls “real food eating” and a strict exercise regimen (he’s an Ironman and a triathlete too). Considering he’s 68 years old, Sisson has certainly piqued our interest in picking up whatever kind of routine he suggests.
It was just four short years ago that Primal Kitchen got its start, and its first-ever product was an avocado mayonnaise. Due to its almost immediate success, the brand has since expanded its product lineup to include a whole range of sauces, condiments, and now even frozen meals. It was scooped up by Kraft in 2019.
But though now Kraft is footing the bills, Mark’s spirit has stayed, and the brand’s tagline remains one of his go-to’s: “Eat like your life depends on it, because it does.” Simple and to the point just like his products are, it’s a straightforward message that reminds us all that great health starts in the kitchen.
In the sections ahead, this Primal Kitchen review will dive into the brand’s enticing lineup. Before we get there, have a peek at its highlights to get a feel for what it’s all about.
- Tons of clean, simple dressings, marinades, dips, sauces
- Variety of tasty flavors
- Offers organic, keto, and vegan options
- Gluten-free, Whole-30 approved
- Packaged in glass bottles
- Offers a subscription
- Ships internationally
Primal Kitchen’s selection is pretty expansive, including everything from creamy dips to spicy condiments and even freezer dishes. All wear the proud badge of Whole 30-approved along with a string of other certifications like refined sugar-free, keto-friendly, and organic.
In the next section of this Primal Kitchen review, we’ll walk you through a list of the brand’s delicious dressings, toppings, marinades, and meals. Tuck your napkin into your shirt and let’s dig in.
Primal Kitchen Mayo Review
The product that started it all. Primal Kitchen began with avocado mayo and it remains to be a top-seller today. Ahead, we’ll tell you all about its best-selling mayos—the brand offers several varieties including one that’s vegan.
Primal Kitchen Mayo with Avocado Oil Review
Regular mayonnaise is made with canola oil, which isn’t the worst, but it’s also not doing much for your health. By replacing it with avocado oil, Primal Kitchen’s recipe offers a hefty dose of heart and brain-healthy satiating fats.
We don’t need to tell you what you can do with Primal Kitchen Mayo with Avocado Oil—you already know how tasty and versatile it is. What we do want to say here is that this mayonnaise uses organic cage-free eggs and absolutely no sugar.
Go ahead and enjoy mayo again with a 12 oz bottle of the Primal Kitchen mayo avocado oil spread for $10 or a 24 oz for $17.
Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayo Review
For a long time, dieters had to go without mayo. Considering the ingredients in the traditional version, they weren’t exactly worse off, but still, there’s something about a life without the creamy sandwich enhancer that feels a little empty.
The Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayo isn’t just healthy though, it’s full of savory garlic flavor to take your meals to the next level. With just seven simple ingredients, this spread includes avocado oil and organic cage-free eggs to keep your health and conscience in check.
This tasty Primal Kitchen mayo comes in 12 oz jars for $10.
Primal Kitchen Review
Primal Kitchen offers a range of dressings that also work as marinades. The majority are plant-based, but all are made with super simple ingredients bursting with bright and rich flavors.
You’ll find all of your favorites like Greek and Balsamic, with some exciting flavors thrown in the mix like BBQ Rwanda and Lemon Turmeric. Below, this Primal Kitchen review will showcase the brand’s best-selling dressing, Caesar.
Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing Review
A truly regal sauce, Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing is a tantalizing pick that can do so much more than just dress a bowl of romaine. With fresh lemon and garlic flavors, this sauce gets its richness from organic eggs and uplifting acid from heart-healthy apple cider vinegar.
Dip your veggies in the Caesar Dressing, or drizzle it on a delicious bacon caesar wrap. Grab an 8 oz bottle of this Primal Kitchen dressing for $8.
Primal Kitchen Ketchup Review
Personally, we can’t get enough ketchup—it goes on everything! But normal ketchup is loaded with sugar, almost 4 grams in 1 tbsp, which is the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of sugar.
Primal Kitchen Ketchup contains zero grams of sugar, using organic tomato concentrate and organic balsamic vinegar for depth. Ahead, you’ll find the brand’s best-selling ketchup, in Original and Spicy formulations.
Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup Review
Who needs sugar when tomatoes are already sweet enough? The Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup is perfect for burger nights or homemade BBQ sauces.
A winner of the NEXTY Best New Condiment Award in 2018, this delicious tangy sauce is perfect for those of all lifestyles. Grab a 12 oz bottle for $6.
Primal Kitchen Spicy Organic Unsweetened Ketchup Review
Some like it classic, others enjoy it a little caliente! The Primal Kitchen Spicy Unsweetened Ketchup uses eye-opening jalapeño for a hit of exotic spice. Turn cocktail sauce into a zesty surprise to serve alongside plump shrimp or make sweet and spicy meatballs.
The options are endless, but check out the brand’s recipe page for a little inspiration. Keto and plant-based, a 12oz bottle of this peppery favorite is $6.
Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce Review
If spicy is what you’re looking for, you’ve found it in the Buffalo Sauce. Primal Kitchen makes a few hot varieties of sauce, but this one brings the heat with aged red cayenne and the creaminess with cashew butter.
And since the creaminess comes from cashews and not cream, this sauce is completely vegan, but sure does make a great tosser for chicken wings. Heat things up a notch with the medium-hot Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce for $7.
Primal Kitchen Alfredo Sauce Review
Ah, Alfredo sauce…so rich and creamy, so full of unhealthy ingredients. Of course, it’s not rocket science to figure out that something that tastes as good as traditional Alfredo sauce does isn’t exactly figure-friendly. But then again, we hadn’t heard of Primal Kitchen’s delicious alternative yet.
To be truly paleo, this sauce couldn’t contain dairy. And that means cream, butter, and cheese—three things that make up traditional Alfredo sauce. So what did Primal Kitchen do? They subbed in rich avocado oil, creamy cashews, and a heap of delightful flavors.
In addition to being paleo, this sauce is also keto-approved. Due to popularity, the Primal Kitchen Alfredo Sauce is sold out right now. But don’t worry, it’ll come back in stock! If you need it right away, try searching for it online or at your local grocer. Normally, a 15.5 oz jar is $9.
Primal Kitchen Ranch Review
Perhaps the brand’s hottest-selling dressing, Ranch is loved by the masses for its melange of herbs and spices. Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing ups the ante by using organic cage-free eggs and avocado oil for a heart-healthy pick that’s a delicious choice for crisp salads, or grain-free pizza dip.
Usually made with canola or soybean oil and a heaping scoop of preservatives, this Ranch Dressing is a healthy alternative that you’ll actually want your family to use. You can get an 8.5 oz bottle for $8.
Primal Kitchen BBQ Sauce Review
Primal Kitchen makes four different BBQ sauces including adventurous flavors like Hawaiian, Golden, and Mango Jalapeno, but it’s the brand’s best-selling version you’ll get to know here.
Smoky with just the right touch of sweetness, the Primal Kitchen BBQ Sauce boasts 0 grams of added sugar and a boatload of delicious flavor. Slather this wonder on ribs before tossing on the grill or make a revolutionary Cauliflower Mac n’ Cheeze.
It’s made with simple ingredients like tomato paste and organic balsamic vinegar, leaving out sugary villains like high-fructose corn syrup. Pick up an 8.5 oz bottle for $6.
Primal Kitchen Frozen Meals Review
Eating healthy can be tricky, and it’s usually the prep work that makes some fall off track. To make things easier on you during busy days or weeknights, Primal Kitchen Frozen Meals were created to be delicious go-to’s that you can warm up in no time.
The brand offers a range of tasty chicken and beef dishes inspired by exotic cuisine, packed into microwave-friendly bowls or skillet meals. Below, this Primal Kitchen review will introduce you to its best-selling bowl.
Primal Kitchen Chicken Alfredo Bowl Review
Chicken Alfredo is traditionally loaded with heavy cream that packs on a lot of fat—but not the right kind. It’s a dish normally eschewed by dieters thanks to its sodium content and richness but has now been reinvented to be a healthy, paleo-approved meal.
The Primal Kitchen Chicken Alfredo Bowl is gluten-free and uses creamy coconut milk in place of heavy cream. With cage, antibiotic, and hormone-free chicken, this delicious, hearty dish packs in 17 grams of protein and is just 290 calories.
The coolest part? Instead of noodles, the Chicken Alfredo Bowl uses cauliflower for texture. We’re also loving its other ingredients like roasted garlic purée and roasted cashews for a delightfully creamy bite.
Grab this microwave-friendly dish for $8.
Primal Kitchen Collagen Review
Collagen is responsible for the elasticity and health of our hair, skin, and nails, and yet, we only have a certain amount in our bodies, and that amount decreases with time. Supplementing with collagen can help build up our body’s count and lead to more supple skin and stronger hair and nails.
Primal Kitchen Collagen comes in a variety of delicious flavors like Chai and Snickerdoodle, offered up in Fuel, Quench, Peptide, and Latte formulations. Next, you’ll meet the brand’s best-selling formula.
Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Drink Mix Vanilla Review
If you can capture rich vanilla flavor, then a drink mix is most likely to be a winner. This one uses extremely simple ingredients (just five) to create a creamy, dairy-free drink to bring you stronger skin, hair, and nails.
It’s made with luscious coconut milk powder to create a delightful sip with under 1 gram of sugar. You’ll get 10 grams of type 1 and type 3 bovine collagen peptides, a variety to bring about full bone, muscle, cartilage, and skin health.
With just 70 calories and 10 grams of protein per scoop, you can mix up a tasty morning beverage or afternoon treat without sacrificing your diet. Get a 13.05 oz tub of Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Drink Mix Vanilla for $40.
Who Is Primal Kitchen For?
Primal Kitchen seems to have all the bases covered when it comes to who its products are for. Not only are they Whole-30 approved, but the majority of them are also keto-friendly, and the brand even has vegan alternatives to some of its best-sellers.
Whether you’re avoiding added sugar, following a certain lifestyle, or simply want a healthier alternative to traditional sauces and dips, Primal Kitchen has an incredible lineup that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
Comparison: Primal Kitchen vs Sir Kensington’s
You’ve probably seen Primal Kitchen and Sir Kensington’s side-by-side in the grocery aisle. They’re similar brands that both focus on quality ingredients and even have some of the same products.
Sir Kensington’s inventory includes everything from dressings to condiments to marinades, all packed with bold, tasty flavors, clean ingredients, and some pretty posh product descriptions.
Because both of these brands started out making mayo, we decided to zoom in on Sir Kensington’s Classic Mayonnaise and compare it to our featured brand’s options.
The competitor uses organic certified humane free-range eggs yolks sourced from family farms in Eastern Iowa. Though we don’t know the source that Primal Kitchen uses, we do know they’re cage-free.
As for other ingredients, Sir Kensington’s mayo uses sunflower oil, a smart pick for dressings that is said to have some heart-healthy benefits thanks to the linoleic acid found inside.
Its other simple ingredients include water, distilled vinegar, fair trade organic cane sugar, lemon juice, citric acid, and lemon oil. That lemon oil will definitely give this mayo a brighter taste, the kind that Sir Kensington’s is known and loved for. The same brand does offer an avocado oil version as well just like our featured company does.
Now, what makes these brands so different is that Primal Kitchen products do not contain added sugar, making most of them suitable for a keto diet. Its Mayo is made with avocado oil and absolutely no sugar.
Though Sir Kensington’s doesn’t sell its products on its website, judging from what we scoped out online, its mayo appears to be around the same price as its competitor, at $10.
We also appreciate that our featured brand offers a vegan line of items that’s just as tasty as its regulars. In the end, Primal Kitchen offers a great variation of products for all types of lifestyles like keto, vegan, and whole 30.
Primal Kitchen Reviews: What Do Customers Think?
There’s a reason obesity rates are skyrocketing in America—if junk food didn’t taste amazing, we wouldn’t eat it. The key to getting people to eat well? Make clean food tasty. That’s certainly what this brand has set out to do, and also may very well be why it’s become so popular.
To find out exactly what its products are like, in this section of our Primal Kitchen review, we’ve rounded up ratings from across the web that mention their taste and quality. To kick things off, we’ll start with a few ratings from the brand’s website, then jump into some reviews:
- Garlic Aioli: 4.7/5 stars from 155 reviews
- Vanilla Collagen Peptides: 4.9/5 stars from 505 reviews
- Classic BBQ Sauce: 4.7/5 stars from 191 reviews
- Ranch Dressing: 4.5/5 stars from 1,916 reviews
- Organic Unsweetened Ketchup: 4.9/5 stars from 429 reviews
So far so good, but to learn more about what it is that customers love so much about the brand’s products, we decided to take a closer look at the Organic Unsweetened Ketchup.
Ketchup is such a versatile condiment, one that brightens up everything from burgers to eggs to Mac n’ Cheese. Just like the brand, we won’t sugar coat things here, so we’ll tell you that natural ketchup is harder to master than you think. Let’s see what buyers think of Primal Kitchen’s version. One wrote:
“Even though the ketchup is unsweetened it has a hint of sweetness to it. The spice combo is right on and the best part is that you get a quality product that is good for you.”
Others definitely agree with this opinion, writing that it tastes just like regular ketchup. That’s certainly an important factor in drawing customers towards something new and healthy, so it’s refreshing to hear that the brand hasn’t just made a good-tasting product, but it’s very close to everyone’s original favorite.
For our next stop, we turned to a Primal Kitchen review on a blog called Hip2Keto. The post reviewed five different products, but we took a closer look at the Matcha Collagen Latte to see how well a traditionally savory brand translated to a supposedly sweet item.
The Primal Kitchen review said that the latte was “sweet, but not too sweet and it has a very authentic matcha taste that isn’t ruined by artificial flavors or additives.”
When creating anything that’s clean and sweet, usually some form of natural sweetener is used, and sometimes, the taste of said natural sweetener can be a bit overpowering.
What we love about the Matcha Collagen Latte, is that not only does it have an authentic taste (self-proclaimed matcha obsessed here), but that the sweetness tastes natural, yet the product itself has zero grams of sugar.
For our final serving of feedback, we headed to Amazon to check out what seems to be the brand’s most popular product, Ranch Dressing. 1,152 shoppers awarded the dressing a 4.3/5-star score that breaks down like this:
- 5 stars: 67%
- 4 stars: 13%
- 3 stars: 10%
- 2 stars: 5%
- 1 star: 6%
One Primal Kitchen review read, “This is probably my favorite healthy dressing on the market… so much so, I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on it.” Others say that this dressing used to be thinner, but they’ve since added yeast to the formula to beef it up and make it creamier.
Who doesn’t love a good creamy Ranch? It’s one of America’s favorite dressings and dips, probably because it masks the taste of veggies quite well. With this one, the thing you’re smothering your broccoli and carrots with is just as healthy for you as the veggies themselves.
Overall, Primal Kitchen is a really well-received brand with amazing flavors that translate really well into the world of health. Customers enjoy the taste, but more so, that they feel good about what they’re eating.
Is Primal Kitchen Worth It?
The jury is in, these sauces are delicious. Throughout this Primal Kitchen review, we scoped out just how simple the brand’s ingredients are and it’s one of the things we’ve come to appreciate about them most.
We love brands that put a healthy spin on traditional favorites because it shows us how absurd those “favorites” really are. Why make a dressing with 26 chemical ingredients when all you need is a handful of natural ones?
Primal Kitchen has a full stock of flavors to pick from, and if there’s something we’ve learned from the realm of natural foods, it’s that variety is usually lacking. This brand seems to have thought of everything, from clean ingredients to spot-on flavors to recyclable glass packaging, so we definitely think it’s worth checking out!
Primal Kitchen Promotions & Discounts
As with anything clean, healthy, and simple, Primal Kitchen products cost a little more than your average condiments and sauces. Though it seems like a paradox that simple recipes would be more expensive than chemical concoctions, that’s the name of the game right now until they become the public’s first pick.
Until then, to help make its products a little more enticing (as if that’s even possible), the brand has offered a few different ways to help customers save:
- Subscribe and save 10% + free shipping on US orders over $25
- Primal Perks, earn points for discounts + gifts
- Sign up for the newsletter to get 20% off your next purchase
- Free shipping for US orders over $50
Where to Buy Primal Kitchen
Primal Kitchen is a bundle of things, but if there’s one in particular that this company is, it’s accessible. Not only can you find Primal Kitchen in grocery and health stores around the world, but you can shop for it online at iHerb, VitaCost, and Amazon, as well as directly from the brand’s website: PrimalKitchen.com.
If you’re more of an in-person shopper, search for locations close to you using the brand’s Store Locator tool located on its website.
Who owns Primal Kitchen?
Initially founded in 2017 by Mark Sisson, Primal Kitchen was acquired in 2019 by Kraft.
Is Primal Kitchen clean?
Yes, incredibly clean. Using simple, whole food ingredients, every meal is Whole 30 approved and includes a super honest lineup of things like avocado oil, cage-free eggs, and spices.
Is Primal Kitchen keto?
A lot of the brand’s products are certified keto, but not all are. Though its entire inventory is free from refined sugar and gluten, certain picks like its frozen meals don’t 100% adhere to the diet’s strict rules.
Does Primal Kitchen ship internationally?
Yes, it does! Just keep in mind that some products are restricted in certain countries—mainly the Primal Fuels, Collagen Fuels, and Mayo.
What is Primal Kitchen’s Shipping Policy?
Primal Kitchen offers free shipping on one-time orders over $50 or on subscriptions over $25 in the US. For orders under that amount, all shipping options will be listed at checkout. The brand ships out products same-day if you get your order in before 12:00 pm. If you order after that time, they’ll ship out the next business day.
Once your order does leave the warehouse, you’ll receive an email with a tracking link that you can use to keep an eye on where your order is on its way to you.
What is Primal Kitchen’s Return Policy?
It’s not often that a food brand allows returns. Many just chalk their products up to being perishable and call it a day. No refunds whatsoever.
You can tell Primal Kitchen cares about how its products are received because of its 30-day return policy—and that’s even after you’ve tried them. The only way your product is guaranteed for a refund though is if it meets the following qualifications:
- You contact them within 30 days
- You bought your product through PrimalBlueprint.com or PrimalKitchen.com
- It’s in new and unused condition
- You get in contact with customer service before returning it
To make a return, use any of the contact methods listed in the very last section of this Primal Kitchen review and let them know. A customer service rep may give you an RMA number which you’ll need to include along with a copy of the original invoice in your box.
Send all returns to: Primal Nutrition LLC Attn: Returns/Customer Service 1101 Maulhardt Ave Oxnard, CA 93030
How to Contact Primal Kitchen
If you need any other information that wasn’t included in this Primal Kitchen review, you can get in touch with the brand Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm PST by using any of these contact methods:
- Phone: +1 (888) 774-6259
- Email: [email protected]
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