unning out of cooking ideas can happen to anyone, especially those with children. If you have been searching for new ways to spice up your lunch or dinner, you may have thought about ordering a subscription food box. Food boxes, like Green Chef, consist of premeasured ingredients for recipes, including refrigerated and frozen products, like Eggs for example.
Because all of the prep work is done, you can put it all together fairly quickly and have a homecooked meal that is probably healthier than taking out.
You could save a lot, and we mean a lot of time by cutting out your grocery shopping and have ingredients laid out for you. Prep work does account for a lot of time, so don’t let those Tasty videos with quick shakes of hands and ingredients magically producing a delicious result.
Food boxes do not appear but a full grocery list, but rather what is required for the recipe you get to pick out. For example, if you are receiving a food box for Chicken Caesar Salad, you’ll likely receive the specific portion of ingredients to fulfill that dish for about 2-3 people. This is also a benefit of not wasting ingredients and may be useful for the environment overall.
Here are some other benefits of Food Box Delivery:
- No grocery shopping needed
- Cooking Time is cut in half by avoiding prep
- Pick the meals you want
- Try cooking with new ingredients and enhance your cooking skills
Financially, however, these types of services are up to debate. For one, the time saved could equal to gas saved and time spent on money earning activities. However, if you add up most of the costs associated with just one week of boxes, you could do the work yourself and save money. This is the double-edged sword, whereas most people do not do this and where food boxes could still fill a need.
Here’s Our Experience with Green Chef
There are several brands you can look to order from, most giving you hefty discounts for your first order (since they want to win you over). Some popular ones:
- Blue Apron
- Hello Fresh
Every food box has its unique benefits, like Blue Apron being one of the more popular ones and having the most options. Hello Fresh is a well-ranked food box that is reasonably priced in the space. MoneyHax sought out to try them all, and Green Chef reached out to us and let us try their box. We were blown away by the presentation of the Vegan box we ordered!
Green Chef arrived at our door in all recyclable packaging, even the dry ice that was included was of good quality and was reused for storing some of our other refrigerated products when we went out of town!
Given the stiff competition from the food box delivery business, Green Chef offered some of the freshest ingredients out of all the choices. Even the Sriracha sauce was organic and the Broccoli, an element that not everyone loves, looked super edible out of the box.
With our box came a card directly from the founder of Green Chef thanking us for their consideration and business. A nice personal touch that makes sure that we are still connected in the industry even though we are just clicks and keystrokes! Options are available in Keto, Vegan, and more!
If you are interested in trying a Green and Organic option for Food Box Delivery, you should consider Green Chef. Ever have an experience you like or dislike about ordering a food box? Let us know below with a comment!
Available Food Boxes
Ok, I get it, you may be looking for new boxes that you’ve never tried and perhaps a coupon for a free trial. I’ll cry in the corner over there in a minute.
Anyways here they are…and don’t be bashful to comment if you know about other ones
- Blue Apron
- Hello Fresh
- Green Chef
- Marley and Spoon
- Candy Club
- Home Chef
- Butcher Box
What about some other “Boxes?”
Yes, you’ll undoubtedly find that the subscription model has hit not only the food industry but also several other categories like Clothing and even Gaming.
You could argue that the first subscription-based model was Gamefly, a video game subscription where you would get a few games via USPS mail and return when you are done playing them. This model goes back all the way to 2005!
You’ll find other similar gaming models including newer game streaming models including Google’s new video game streaming model Stadia.
You can play the latest games like Assassin’s Creed and Madden using pretty much any device using a reliable internet connection. This could change the gaming industry as we know it!
While clothing appears to be a questionable box to subscribe to, because of a few factors like:
- Trying them on
- You don’t know the quality until the arrival
- and so forth
It makes sense for those with a lack of time to try out a clothing subscription box. After all, most of the clothing “picks” are by fashion professionals so you know you are getting a solid addition to your wardrobe.
Stitch Fix is a widely popular clothing box model where you can try on clothes and purchase the ones you like. A pretty good idea. So good that you’ll find other similar models from companies like:
- Trunk Club
- Gwynnie Bee
- many more!
Kids and Babies
A pretty obvious subscription model would include babies and children. Why? Parents often have a lack of time due to potty training, changing diapers, and catching up on much needed ZZZZZZs.
Dyper, for example, will send you diapers via mail on a subscription model, making it one less item you’d have to worry about as a parent. While these diapers (Dypers) aren’t priced cheaply, you should have to factor in that you don’t have to make those midnight visits to CVS or Walgreens for an emergency diaper!
Another cool model is Kiwi Crates. Although we’ve seen newer alternatives to this model on Amazon, the idea here is to send kid’s toys based on age range. You’ll be able to send toys that will help stimulate their growth!
Conclusion (Should You Do It??)
The subscription model is one of convenience not of price. Time is a valuable asset too, and here we do talk about that as well. Boxes will help you save time shopping for specific items found through boxes so that you can devote those minutes and hours elsewhere.