TRAVEL HERE: THE FINAL MEAL KIT CONTENDER
Here we are at Meal Kit Service #5 and for this particularly homemaker, the final contender. Freshly’s box arrived pretty early on a Friday morning and I felt a deep sense of relief. I’ll tell you why.
Juggling the Vendors
I didn’t exhaust the list of possible vendors, but I saw enough to feel as if I could make a reasonable decision. If you’re the type who pursues bargains over and above everything I have an idea for you. Pretty much every meal kit company will give you a bargain on your first week or two. You could take all of them up on their offers and save lots of grocery money, but I’m warning you, as soon as the bargain week(s) are over, cancel the service. Juggling them all until you pick the one(s) you want will make you feel like you’re chasing a three ring circus. It’s a game of we’ll-send-it-unless-you-say-no and you have to say no on a week-by-week basis. There’s no going to the site and clicking “hold.”
I’ll also say this. If you’d like to try any of these, let me know. By referring you to them, I can get discount on a week of food and after all this work, I think I deserve it! In some cases, you’ll get a free box or a deeper discount, too. It will also be nice to know that someone is benefiting from my ramblings.
“Your food is here,” Bill called up the stairwell. His office overlooks the front porch, so he’s always the first to know about deliveries. When I opened the front door, the box was sitting there on it’s side. Would it kill those delivery guys to set the box upright? I know it’s a small thing, but it shows a level of pride that just doesn’t seem to be a part of today’s reality. They could also lean over and ring the doorbell. They have to know that a Freshly box contains food and if my husband didn’t see them, it would be nice to know food had been delivered – but I digress.
I like the Freshly box. It’s very simple as you can see from the photo, but there’s an elegance about simplicity I appreciate. As I began to unpack, Bill strolled in to observe. He’s almost as curious about packaging as I am. Instead of throwing the insulation materials into the recycle bin, he’s actually recycling them in our attic. He says we’ll end up with the best insulated house in the neighborhood!
The items inside the insulating materials were pretty boring. Six microwave meals in individual cardboard sleeves, printed with the name of the entree. Blue Apron is still my favorite delivery. Classy box, attractive packaging and a wonderful assortment of ingredients to marvel at as you unpack the box.
Since Freshly food is already pre-cooked and all you have to do is nuke it, there’s no recipe card to pore over. I’ll confess, I don’t think this is going to work. I’ve really enjoyed cooking with meal kits, so this pre-made stuff is probably not going to fly, but we’ll see. Come back next week for the Freshly reveal.