We’ve subscribed to meal kits for about 3 years now with mixed results. Unlike you, we do enjoy prep and cooking in general so the kits were pretty great in that menus were easy to put together, all ingredients were provided, instructions were complete, and the food reasonably good for the cost. We did BlueApron for 2 of those years and enjoyed it but found the quality of ingredients going very much downhill in our last year so cancelled. Then we switched to HomeChef for awhile and still use them. We suspended HomeChef deliveries for a few weeks to try out HelloFresh. We found that to be both more expensive (costs the same but food provided was significantly less than HomeChef), and the meals were heavy on kale, quinoa, and other food items we don’t especially care for. So we cancelled HelloFresh and revived our HomeChef subscription.
May I be so bold as to suggest the Tovala might be a great option for you. I went through the website and if most of that is true, it sounds like a good fit for someone who does not wish to go through the bother of prep and cook. The oven, even at $300, seems not too expensive for what it purports to do (steam as well as heat, plus multiple timing controls and QR code reader). At $100, it’s a steal. Can’t speak to the quality of the oven without seeing and testing it and it could be awful or terrific. I didn’t pursue the warranty info on it or Torvala’s customer service reputation but probably worth looking into for this critical component of their service. For us, we don’t want another countertop appliance and as I mentioned we do enjoy cooking together.
We’re trying another approach as well. The meal kits tend to cost about $65/week for 6 meals: 3 different meals for 2 persons each. And that’s with ordering the meals priced at $10 per serving. There are many options that increase the per serving cost such as doubling the protein, higher cost proteins (think steaks, scallops, etc.), and you still have to eat the rest of the week. For us the difficulty was always the meal planning, shopping, and always having a missing ingredient or two for the dishes we wanted to make. Our solution was the meal kit but now we’re thinking a better (for us) solution is a meal planning app called Mealime (sic). For $50/year you get very good recipes thoroughly explained, a full shopping list for the week’s selected meals, a calendar to schedule those meals, close watch on extra and waste food, and a superb interface to Kroger, InstaCart, and a few others to actually place a food order from within the app. Mealime is one of many of such meal planning apps but the most well thought out and functional of the several we tested. So far it is working well for us, so well that we may by cancelling the HomeChef subscription, now on hold. We have seen a reduction in weekly, and therefor overall, food costs and what we eat is higher quality and better in all regards.
Good luck with your choice and of course bon appetit.
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