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Cooking from Meal Kits (Hello Fresh, Purple Carrot, Gousto, and so on)


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We've been getting one for awhile now, actually (HomeChef). It got us cooking again, and it's a particularly customizable one,  so it suits us. My husband does the cooking, neither of us love to cook, but we're easily bored with the same ol'. At the same time, we're not super adventurous, plus we have a carboholic child. :)  It does the trick at this stage of our life. 

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"Civilization means food and literature all round." -Aldous Huxley

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I spent about 2 hours, ironically, researching the meal kit market and reviews and meals available currently. 
 

  Nothing appealed at all. The meals were either literally microwaveable or they offered stupid (as in I can make it already) meals or they had bad reviews and were unappealing. 
 

   I don’t mind using a grocery store meal kit— I can at least look at it and it’s subscription free. 
 

  I agree this market has collapsed. So much invested. 

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1 hour ago, gfweb said:

I think home delivery is a real niche, but meal kits don’t seem to solve a problem for most people. And they aren’t cheap. 

 

Last time I had this discussion with my son they used meal kits.  (Two teenagers, two adults.)  Can't see it myself.

 

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Cooking is cool.  And kitchen gear is even cooler.  -- Chad Ward

 

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Bumping this to provide a view from the other side. This is a writer I follow (her historical Queens of Infamy series on Longreads is great fun), who's in her 30s and just never...quite...got around to learning how to cook before the pandemic rolled around.

 

How Meal Kits Changed My Mind about Cooking

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My 25-year-old single daughter who is a CCRN at the local hospital's emerg, uses various meal kits, mainly Hello Fresh. She works 12 hour days and lots of overtime lately. This girls loves food and cooking and is not a fast food fan. She does some batch cooking on her days off, but also uses meal kits and she figures the saved time and lack of waste make it worthwhile for her. She chooses her meal orders judiciously, looking for recipes that will freeze or keep for a day or two. She often orders meals for 4 so that she can cook once and eat for 4 meals. Recently she has teamed up with a fellow single nurse working the same line as her, who also uses the meal kits, so they take turns providing each other with lunch (or dinner, depending on the shift.) Because she is a frequent flyer, she was able to get me 4 free meals for 2. I enjoyed the ease of prep and the recipes were quite good - I've saved a couple for future use. Also used some cuts of meat I don't normally buy (eg. scallops of turkey.) Because I have all the time in the world to prep and shop since I retired, I don't see myself making use of such a thing but for a single, working person who enjoys cooking and a variety of food, they are great.

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@MaryIsobel Makes sense. My only exposure was through a temporary room mate. The sister, a nurse with husband who needed full time caregiver was stressed. Had packed on a few extra pounds. She enjoyed the portion control aspect and did like the exposure to different flavor combinations. The carer liked the leftovers to supplement her patient's meals and the dietary info was helpful to her.  She bought a short subscription for my room mate who disliked the environmentally excessive packaging at the time but enjoyed being able to try something new without searching out items she might not use again. She did not renew but it was a nice kickstarter. I think it was Hello Fresh.

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I used Chef's Plate for a short while.  Everything was really fresh and tasty.  If I needed to use a meal kit again, I'd happily use Chef's Plate.   No duds among the ones I got. I saved some of the recipes I really liked and still make them.

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