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What to Look for When Choosing a Meal Kit Delivery Service

There is now a boom in meal kit delivery services, thanks to more people wanting to try their hand at cooking but do not have the time to shop for ingredients, or, have no necessary skills whatsoever. In the past, you can count in your hands the number of companies offering meal kit deliveries. The environment is vastly different these days with so many brands competing. Companies, therefore, have to be innovative.

Fresh ingredients and recipe in a box for a DIY hearty mealIf you have been shopping around for a meal kit delivery service, there are several things that you must look for. The most important thing here is for you to know for yourself why you want to avail of the service. Do you like cooking but do not have the time to shop and prep the ingredients? Do you have zero cooking experience and you want to try it? Do you want to try different recipes? Or, do you want to lose weight and you want meals planned for you? Whatever your reason is, you must know why you want to subscribe to this service in the first place.

If you are still unsure as to what service to try, here are some tips and questions to help you decide:

1. What are the meal options available?

You must check the company’s meal options available (Consider: Terra’s Kitchen review) if these can cater to your needs. Are you on a dairy-free, gluten-free, meat-free, or sugar-free diet? If, say, you are on a gluten-free diet, make sure that your service of choice offers this option. Even if a company has great reviews, if it cannot cater to your needs, then it’s a waste. If you are unsure, contact their customer service to ensure that their options can accommodate your needs.

Budget constraints might hinder your meal kit services2. What are your budget options?

Apart from the meals available, the budget is another important consideration. Unless you are willing to pay hundreds of dollars a week for these meal kit delivery services, make sure that you are going with a company that won’t break your bank. In truth, these services cost more than with you doing all the shopping and prepping up of ingredients. However, you also pay for the service of others doing all those time-consuming things for you, even up to the delivery of these prepped up ingredients right at your doorstep.

You can try for one week first to see how the service works for you. Don’t get into the temptation of signing up for one full year because it appears to be cheaper. But then again, if you end up struggling to pay for meals, then you are not giving yourself the best experience.

3. How does the delivery work?

Some companies deliver your orders right at your doorstep, and there are some that can only do store pick-ups. When picking the service, make sure to go with a company that will offer convenience for you. If pick-up and home delivery options cost the same, then go with a service that can do home deliveries. You are getting this service for convenience, right? So, why not go with one that can offer just that.

Consider these tips when choosing a meal kit delivery service that will fit your needs. If unsure, go with the company’s trial service first, so you can test the waters before you purchase their meals.