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  • MEAL KIT
  • Updated September 2019
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  • PREPARED MEALS
  • Updated September 2019

If you are looking for a way to spice up your weekly dining experiences without having to waste any effort or dollars, then meal kit and meal delivery services have been designed for you. By using a meal kit or a prepared meal service, you will be introduced to different culinary styles from all over the world and new weekly recipes that will broaden your tasting horizons.

Meal kit and fully prepared meal services are surprisingly affordable and provide pre-portioned ingredients which means no waste. As they do the meal planning, grocery shopping and in some instances, meal preparation for you, then you will also save a lot of time, that you can then use on doing things that you love.

The only issue with deciding to use a meal kit or a prepared meal service is that the industry is now quite large, with many companies offering very different services. As a result, it can be difficult knowing where to start. That is where we come in! At the Meal Kit Review, we provide a place where you can find the information you need to embark on your meal kit journey. On our website, you will find company comparisons, company profiles, ‘best for’ lists and much more.

Today we are going to be looking at two well-established companies that provide contrasting services; Home Chef and Freshly. Home Chef is a meal kit delivery company that is focussed on providing classic, delicious meal kits that are easy to prepare and that your entire family will love. Freshly is a meal subscription service that delivers meals fully prepared and unfrozen to your door.

Home Chef and Freshly both offer attractive services, but each company is quite different, so let’s get started with this comparison.

Home chef box
Freshly box

Variety of Plan:

Home Chef provides a flexible subscription service to its customers. They have only one basic plan, but this can be easily adapted to your requirements. There is no maximum order so you can order as many meals as you like. They do have a minimum order of 2 dishes per week and can cater for 2, 4 or 6 people.

Freshly provides four different plans that can deliver from four to 12 meals every week, depending on the plan that you choose.

Meal Variety:

As a Home Chef customer, you will have the choice of 11 dishes per week which includes 3 options for vegetarians. Their menu also includes 3 no-cooking-required lunch options such as salads, grain bowls and sandwiches. As a Freshly customer you will have the choice of 30 dishes per week which includes entrée and breakfast options.

Style and complexity of dishes:

The meals of Home Chef tend to be more classic and well-known, and they usually include a generous portion of vegetables. Home Chef is passionate about helping their customers increase their intake of fresh produce, so you will find that seasonal vegetables are a big part of the Home Chef menu. Even though their menus are quite popular, they usually include a healthy, modern twist to keep things different. Their recipes are quite easy to prepare, but they still have an upscale feel to them.

Freshly is all about convenience, so their meals arrive fully prepared and only take a few minutes to heat before they are ready to serve. The menu of Freshly is extensive, and you will find all sorts of culinary styles included such as Asian, Mexican, Italian and more. The style of meals ranges from quite simple breakfast options to more sophisticated evening meals.

Spicy Plantain and Black Bean Taco by Home Chef
Spicy Plantain and Black Bean Taco by Home Chef
Spaghetti squash by Freshly
Spaghetti squash by Freshly

Quality of ingredients:

We are always impressed with the ingredients that Home Chef includes in their meal kits. Home Chef is very proud of the suppliers that they partner with. Home Chef is focused on delivering ingredients that are of the highest quality and come from operations that practice sustainable and responsible farming practices. The Home Chef ingredients always look great, are fresh, and taste delicious.

Freshly is very proud of its status as a fully certified gluten-free company, so all their ingredients are guaranteed to be 100% gluten-free. They are focused on including the healthiest of ingredients in their meals, and none of their dishes include any artificial ingredients, preservatives, refined sugars or hydrogenated oils.

The delivery:

The meal kits of Home Chef arrive in a specially designed food delivery box, and the proteins are packed at the bottom of the box with enough ice to cool them cool during the delivery process. The contents of the Home Chef delivery are very well organized with all the separate ingredients, packaged and labeled according to which meal kit they belong to. No sorting is required when unpacking your Home Chef delivery.

As your Freshly meals are delivered fully prepared, each meal is wrapped in a branded sleeve that features the name of the dish, heating instructions and nutritional facts about each dish. Unpacking is also easy with Freshly, and your meals simply need to be stored in the fridge until you are ready to heat them. Freshly is focused on the environment and the wrapping and meal containers are 100% recyclable, and the delivery box is made of material using recycled denim insulation.

Home Chef Box Review
Freshly Boxes

Managing your account:

Both Home Chef and Freshly provide easy-to-use websites that make managing your account completely stress-free. Home Chef also has an app. For both companies, you begin your customer experience, by registering your account and subscribing to their service. Then your online account will allow you to select your menu preferences, skip weeks if needed, check future menus, update payment methods and even cancel your account.

Plan terms:

Both Home Chef and Freshly are available as a subscription service, so the first thing you will need to do is subscribe to their service. However, both services are available with enough flexibility to keep anyone happy! You can skip weeks whenever necessary and cancel your account at any time without penalty.

Bottom line:

We had delicious and positive experiences with both Home Chef and Freshly. These two companies provide a service that is all about convenience and enjoyable dining experiences that taste great! There always needs to be a winner, and today our choice is Home Chef. Even though there is a little preparation and cooking required, we enjoyed preparing the Home Chef meal kits, and we felt that their dishes were a little more fulfilling. The Home Chef meals included a range of beautiful flavors, and fresh ingredients that were faultless.

We just thought that everything with Home Chef tasted wonderful!

HOME CHEF IS OUR WINNER

  • Meals are delicious! Familiar but always with an interesting twist
  • Ready in about 30-minutes
  • Best value for money
  • Great quality of ingredients

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