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Meal kits: what's the point?

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  • lemurcat12lemurcat12 Posts: 30,886Member Member Posts: 30,886Member Member
    So people are both simultaneously lazy, but should be eating a tin of tuna and a bag of lettuce, or getting take out for dinner? What the even?

    Heh, I was also struck by that.
  • lemurcat12lemurcat12 Posts: 30,886Member Member Posts: 30,886Member Member
    WinoGelato wrote: »
    Hmm.... wonder if there are any meal kits that come with a wine or beer pairing?

    Hello Fresh recommends a wine pairing, but doesn't send the wine. Clearly this is a market opening for someone entrepreneurial!
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 21,443Member Member Posts: 21,443Member Member
    lemurcat12 wrote: »
    WinoGelato wrote: »
    Hmm.... wonder if there are any meal kits that come with a wine or beer pairing?

    Hello Fresh recommends a wine pairing, but doesn't send the wine. Clearly this is a market opening for someone entrepreneurial!

    Winc will send you wines and include recipe cards for each wine. My husband and I did it for a while and really enjoyed it. It was a neat way to try new food and wine pairings.

  • clicketykeysclicketykeys Posts: 3,729Member Member Posts: 3,729Member Member
    Hello Fresh and Winc should set up a two-subscription discount ;D
  • cs2thecoxcs2thecox Posts: 533Member, Premium Member Posts: 533Member, Premium Member
    OMG people, BAGGED SALAD, are you *kitten* serious?

    You do know that SOMEONE ELSE has grown that, harvested it, washed it, chopped it, put it in an unnecessary bag, shipped it to the supermarket and overcharged you JUST FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, right?! :p

    Sigh.

    (I used to get Gousto, which is basically the same as Hello Fresh but presumably UK only. It was ace. I stopped when I went lower carb though. I kept all the recipe cards and still make my favourite recipes now I've invested in some of the more niche ingredients. No regrets.)
  • lemurcat12lemurcat12 Posts: 30,886Member Member Posts: 30,886Member Member
    lemurcat12 wrote: »
    WinoGelato wrote: »
    Hmm.... wonder if there are any meal kits that come with a wine or beer pairing?

    Hello Fresh recommends a wine pairing, but doesn't send the wine. Clearly this is a market opening for someone entrepreneurial!

    Winc will send you wines and include recipe cards for each wine. My husband and I did it for a while and really enjoyed it. It was a neat way to try new food and wine pairings.

    My sister does Winc but we haven't discussed it (some podcasts we both listen to advertise it, so I assumed that's where she got the idea). Didn't know about the recipe cards, that's cool.

    I was actually thinking of Winc as a comparison here, because of course you could just go buy some 2 Buck Chuck at TJ's or Yellowtail at the 7-11 or Walgreens -- and some people figure out that they can learn what wines they like and try new things just by experimenting over time and going to the local wine store -- so therefore a wine matching service that some find helpful in branching out and fun must be for lazy fools, no?

    ;-)
    edited June 2017
  • DamieBirdDamieBird Posts: 651Member Member Posts: 651Member Member
    WinoGelato wrote: »
    Hmm.... wonder if there are any meal kits that come with a wine or beer pairing?

    There are! Or, there were - I think Blue Apron had an optional wine pairing at one point. I follow My Subscription Addiction, and they post wine/beer subscription and meal plan reviews fairly often.
  • Penthesilea514Penthesilea514 Posts: 1,189Member Member Posts: 1,189Member Member
    Just heard the Amazon Prime got a beer and wine license in my state that in cities where Amazon does grocery delivery, you can order beer and wine to come straight to your door same day.

    Kraft Mac and Cheese singles and wine on daily Subscribe and Save, please lmao
    edited June 2017
  • goldengirl111goldengirl111 Posts: 620Member Member Posts: 620Member Member
    Aerona85 wrote: »
    Will state up front I have never used them myself but have considered it: Convenience (going to the store isn't that simple for some...store a long way away, etc), not having the think about what to cook, new recipes to try (easier to get others to try stuff if it isn't "some crazy recipe you got online"), not having to make decisions, not knowing how to cook (they are more or less cooking lessons in many ways), and not having to eat the same stuff over and over (because many recipes out there make enough for 6-8 people, not everyone is fond of leftovers), variety. The benefit of services like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron isn't money. That said, I can think of arguments against too, ultimately why I haven't tried them. :smile:

    Long commute... sometimes option....gift certificate...
  • Speckle38Speckle38 Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member

    Answered before I realised this is a ghost thread.
    edited February 12
  • KevinWH87KevinWH87 Posts: 64Member Member Posts: 64Member Member
    I did HelloFresh when I was a very amateur cook. I knew how to make eggs and a passable stir-fry... that's about it. After doing HelloFresh a couple times per week for a few months, I fell in love with cooking. I picked up some ideas along the way, and the inspiration I gained was invaluable.
  • RailgrlRailgrl Posts: 14Member Member Posts: 14Member Member
    Its not for me. I enjoy shopping for and preparing my meals. The price seems high as well.

    I can see lots of reasons people would try it, though. The most difficult part of meals for me is deciding what to to have. It is nice to have someone else set the menu every now and then. There are lots of comments above that make sense too. (Delivery, learning to cook, trying new things, limited prep work, good quality ingredients, adding new spices etc.)
  • WinoGelatoWinoGelato Posts: 13,402Member Member Posts: 13,402Member Member
    I don’t know why this got bumped but I did enjoy reading back through it for the LOLs and the hypocrisy.
  • nowine4menowine4me Posts: 3,974Member, Premium Member Posts: 3,974Member, Premium Member
    I’m not lazy and I like to cook. But I’m busy AF. Being able to select from a handful of meals that sound good, then having everything (down to tiny salt packets) delivered is a huge time saver. The hours I would have spent searching recipes, prepping and shopping is eliminated. We spend time together cooking and enjoying meals. And, BTW, I’ve tried many different box brands.

    In the summer I find it much easier to browse the farmers market and grill outside.
    edited February 12
  • glassyoglassyo Posts: 4,197Member Member Posts: 4,197Member Member
    If anyone is familiar with Red Dwarf, I keep reading the title in the voice of Marvin, the Paranoid Android.

    I looked into meal kits for about two seconds until I realized I'd still have to cook. Otherwise, I think they're a good idea.
  • susandslpsusandslp Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    When my husband was dying the meal kits were perfect. I didn’t want to leave to go shopping, didn’t have time or concentration to make a list or plan. Didn’t want to eat garbage, or make the same things over and over.
    The groceries come to the door in exactly the right amounts - beats all the waste of buying a whole X if you only need 1/2.
    Good quality organic ingredients
    Planning done, everything you need is in the box.
    Recipes take approx 30 mins.
    Several studies show it’s not more expensive than groceries. Yes buying a loaf of bread and a can of tuna and mayonnaise and celery and salt and pepper and butter and lettuce will make 10 sandwiches with mayo etc left over and cost less per sandwich if you make ten sandwiches, but what if you only need one sandwich? Meal kits send you and nine other people just the ingredients needed.
    They are also great to take to airBnB or cottage. You know you have everything you need (including that teaspoon of mustard you would have forgotten to pack) and There’s nothing to take home or store or waste.
    Life is short.
  • Nony_MouseNony_Mouse Posts: 5,107Member Member Posts: 5,107Member Member
    glassyo wrote: »
    If anyone is familiar with Red Dwarf, I keep reading the title in the voice of Marvin, the Paranoid Android.

    I looked into meal kits for about two seconds until I realized I'd still have to cook. Otherwise, I think they're a good idea.

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ;)
  • glassyoglassyo Posts: 4,197Member Member Posts: 4,197Member Member
    Nony_Mouse wrote: »
    glassyo wrote: »
    If anyone is familiar with Red Dwarf, I keep reading the title in the voice of Marvin, the Paranoid Android.

    I looked into meal kits for about two seconds until I realized I'd still have to cook. Otherwise, I think they're a good idea.

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ;)

    Dammit, you're right. I don't even think I've seen Red Dwarf! Read the books tho.

    What was I thinking?

    I suck as a nerd. :)
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Posts: 5,374Member Member Posts: 5,374Member Member
    yes susandsip, that sounds a very good scenario for using meal kits.

    or perhaps you know, you were just lazy for not shopping and putting everything together from scratch while your husband was dying t1827.gif

    On a sort of similar note, we have been considering getting them for my parents - my mum liked cooking and was a good cook but now dementia has reduced her skills and she cant go to the shop to buy ingredients anyway as her drivers licence has been taken away on medical grounds

    But she still wants to experience cooking, albeit in more simplified form - and my dad can help/supervise her if simple instructions and techniques - because he really isnt much of a cook at all.
    and sure ,he could learn - but he is 80, I dont think he wants to take a crash course in gourmet cooking.

  • DecadeDuchessDecadeDuchess Posts: 81Member Member Posts: 81Member Member
    Since people're adding new opinions to this thread, I'll add my reasoning for whilst even though I haven't {expense} & also haven't been cooking via scratch for 3 years {disability}, when I use to sometimes it was difficult to obtain all of the ingredients especially at 1 store. Many times, I either was doing without and/or substituting.
    edited February 13
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