As I’ve mentioned countless times, I struggle with knowing what meals to make and actually making them because the kitchen and I are really not BFFs. But I think I’ve found something that works. At least for the time being.
Last week I wrote about how I previously signed up for Blue Apron and Gathered Table to see what works best for me (and us). I wanted to provide my feedback, thus far, on how things are going (nope, not asked to do so by either entity and not paid to do this) in case anyone else has similar struggles or issues with food making.
Let’s start with Blue Apron. Once you sign up, you tell them the types of foods you eat and which weeks you want the food to be delivered. You can skip multiple weeks or have food delivered every week. Each meal per person is $9.99. When they send you the items in a box, they include all the ingredients you need for three meals for the coming week. Each ingredient is clearly labeled and they provide you with the exact amounts you need plus the recipes (which are super clear with pictures).
I’ve gotten two boxes so far (because I chose to skip a few weeks) and while I’ve found it to be immensely helpful, it is costly. The meals are very easy to make (if you know your way around the kitchen) and can be completed in under an hour. Not only that, they are really delicious. The ingredients they provide are fresh and tasty. But again, this is costly and not something we can maintain over the long run so I’ve decided to stop deliveries for the foreseeable future.
Then there’s Gathered Table. Similar to Blue Apron, you sign up and tell them your preferences. The difference here is they don’t have to provide you with the actual ingredients, but rather provide you with weekly recipes to make (if you so choose) based on what your preferences are. Then they make a grocery list for you (or you can make one) to take along when you are buying your ingredients for the week. It appears, for now, that the first six months are for free, but after that it is $10/month which is a lot more affordable than Blue Apron. Of course, you are not necessarily getting groceries delivered (although that does seem to be an option with them).
I’ve found Gathered Table to be more like Pinterest in a way, but focused on recipes, groceries, and planning. They even have a smartphone app which comes in quite handy, especially when grocery shopping and referring to the recipe while cooking.
Overall and over the long run, Gathered Table is the winner because it’s affordable and allows me to build a virtual library, while also letting me alter recipes (or put in my own) if needed. Blue Apron, however, did help me build a new schedule on when to cook: in the evenings, after I get back from work/gym, but the food is for the following day’s lunch. This way I don’t feel the evening pressure of rushing home and making a meal by a decent hour (which never happened).
Hopefully I can keep sticking to this and making (healthy) food at home!
Anything special that you are using at home? Or have used? Tips and tricks?