Crockett and I have been doing those food delivery thingies. Like, where you pick some recipes and then get a box full of the ingredients necessary to make them.
Those food delivery thingies.
I just finished the third dinner of our sixth week, and I am ready to offer opinions, but this is fucking nablopomo, my darlings. There will be no premature trigger pulling.
Here's how it works. We've subscribed to Green Chef, Blue Apron, and Hello Fresh, and every week I add all of the available recipes from each service to our shared google doc and we decide which one to order from. That gives us ~15 meals to choose from (but only in one of 19 3-meal combinations, because various maths). Should you choose to emulate us in this, be forewarned - you gotta turn this shit off. The default is ON, and you might end up with more meals than you want. We haven't ended up with double deliveries yet, and we've coincidentally ordered from each place twice.
Each of these services delivers enough food for three dinners, two servings each, every Thursday. (In our area, obviously. Your weekday may vary, but all deliveries are on weekdays.)
Each of these dinners is between 500 and 800 calories, which means many of the meals will feed Crockett once and me twice if we portion them correctly.
Not gunna lie, they're expensive.
- Green Chef is the priciest, at $80.94/week. The upside to Green Chef is that everything that can be organic is organic. The default plan (at the above price) gets you one seafood based meal, one meat based meal, and one vegetarian meal. You can go all veggie for cheaper or all meat for more. There are no meal selections here - you either take the meals in your plan or you don't.
- Hello Chef is $69/wk. Upside: locally sourced, I think. There are always five meals, and you choose three.
- Blue Apron is $59/wk and the most famous. We're actually getting our delivery from them this week too, which means they're pulling ahead. It's not because they're better, necessarily, but they offer six meals from which you choose three. However, you can't choose ANY three meals. There's definitely some cost saving algorithm at work - if you choose the steak dish, you can no longer have the pork dish. It's not quite that simple though, I haven't figured it out.
Tonight I made something I from Blue Apron that I picked without Crockett's input: Spicy Korean Chicken Wings with Rice Cakes & Baby Bok Choy. The rice cakes were little boiled pasta-y thingies and I super wanted to try them, and they were good.
I was going to use that example for pricing, but here's the thing: it had a soy glaze, the weird rice cakes, and Gochujang, a Korean chile paste. Those things were probably not expensive, but I got the correct amount of each one of them they aren't things I necessarily would have found in a grocery store on my own. (Ok, the chile paste and soy glaze are def at Whole Foods. Still, I would have had to buy a bunch of each. And the rice cakes are a total fucking mystery to me.) I'm guessing it was 8 or 9 dollars worth of actual food, based on my many, many years of grocery shopping. That means tonight I paid a 100% markup, give or take, for having things delivered. That's rough, but also I like to cook and this is one of the less valuable examples. Two weeks ago we had 10 oz of pretty amazing steak (from ... not Blue Apron) and it was probably worth $12 on it's own. Still, it would very, definitely, completely, without a doubt be cheaper to pick recipes and go shopping.
But it would also be hard for two people to have a weekly menu that didn't use anything twice. And it would require a lot of shopping.
Anyway, tomorrow: Blue Apron! Meals, thoughts, pictures.... so much to look forward to. A happy nablopomo to us all!