A few weeks ago, we decided to give Chef’s Plate a try. As the primary cook for the household, I found it tiring trying to come up with ideas of what to make for dinner, and also the challenge of trying to get the appropriate groceries for the week. As a result, we fell back on take out, and also found ourselves throwing out a lot of food gone bad.
After the initial trial period where you get a bunch of meals for really low prices, we get a two 4 serving meals a week. Sometimes we just go with what they offer, other times we go into their website and pick our meals.
The quality of the ingredients has been great. I find their meat quality to be better than anything I can get from our local grocery stores.
A couple times we ran into issues – one week they didn’t deliver until a couple days later, and another time they had omitted the primary ingredient (no salmon for a salmon chowder). Both times their customer service was very responsive and resolved the issues to our satisfaction.
The box of 2 four serving meals costs around $70 – so each serving is around $9. About half of what we would spend when ordering out. The preparation times on the meal cards are reasonably accurate – and are usually around 30 minutes – so not far off from a typical wait time for a DoorDash order.
The meals come with a letter sized card that details what ingredients the meal includes (and qty), and step by step instructions for the preparation. The cards are great – we save them (and save the repeats for family and friends). I find them useful for meal ideas without a kit. The one thing that can be a challenge is finding the appropriate spice blends they use in most of their meals. These are often the ‘magic’ that makes their meals. The do provide ingredient lists and recipes for many of their blends (but not all) over on their Facebook page.
The meals are packed in a medium sized box with each meal individually packed in it’s own recyclable or biodegradable bag. A third insulated bag contains a well sealed ice block along with any perishable ingredients from either of the meals.
I have a hard time throwing out the boxes – it doesn’t feel right. Instead, we’ve been saving them. Having a bunch of uniformly sized boxes is helpful to get things organized.