NEW YORK (WABC) -- They cost about 60 bucks a week, promising mouth-watering offerings. But are these services that promise to provide ingredients, recipes, and instruction worth it? We put one to a price test and a taste test.
Most services require subscriptions and a minimum of three meals you get to select per week. Pick, then click, the quickest free delivery we found was Home Chef at the door within six days.
For $59, 7 On Your Side received all the ingredients to cook three meals for two people. It included Thai pork lettuce wraps, shrimp jambalaya and steak frites, along with all the spices, condiments and oils in the recipe.
Next we went to the supermarket to buy all the same ingredients and see how much it cost.
Our grocery total? $13.29. The meal kit entrees cost $19.90. But, the store didn't sell black truffle oil, 1/2 ounce comes in the kit to flavor the fries.
If we had found it, this black truffle oil it would have cost about $15 dollars for just 3.5 ounce bottle.
Now it was time to cook. We started at 1 p.m., the recipe states it takes 45 minutes to chop, bake, sautee. At exactly 1:45 p.m. it was time for a taste.
It was delicious and looked exactly as pictured.
We compared the cost of ordering ingredients online for the other entrees, it was $10 more than the meal kits to make the wraps on our own, and $22 dollars more for the Shrimp Jambalaya.
Since shipping was free this comes out to $9.95 per person. 7 On Your Side would definitely order from there again because it would be tough to get a meal like for under $10 a person.
Are cook-at-home meal delivery services worth it?
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