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Good Food Meal Kits for Pandemic Dining

Good Food Meal Kits are the fourth meal delivery service I’ve tried. My first was Hello Fresh. Followed by Miss Fresh. The third one I’ve tried is Eden’s Taste. This review will not go into as much detail as the previous ones. Mainly, because it will be focused on similarities and differences that the services all share.

Good Food Box
The Boxes all seem to have been made at the same printer.

Good Food Delivery

There is one, small side benefit of the current pandemic. Until recently it has been much easier to be at home for the delivery. My delivery was supposed to arrive between 9 and 6 on the Friday.

It turned out that my delivery was before noon. That is a good thing. The better thing is that when the parcel was dropped on my doorstep, the courier made the point of ringing the doorbell before leaving.  That is definitely a point in their favour.

Prep Work

Good Food is trying to position itself as a gourmet kind of service. So, rather than calling it prep work, they use the chef-y word, mise en place.  This is good as far as it goes.

However, what I do not like about this when it applies to the meal kits, is that if I follow this approach there ends up being a lot of work, and even more so, a lot more dishes. I do not own a dishwasher, so having eight or nine dishes to sort out my mise en place, means more clean up work after the meal.

Good Foods Mise en place
Nine different dishes used for mise en place, according to the recipe card.

This also assumes fairly good knife skills on the part of the diner. The recipe cards always give a preparation time. My experience is I need about 20 per cent more time than they suggest. One other thing Good Food assumes. It assumes you have an adequately stocked kitchen with plenty  of pans and of gadgets.

Good Food preparation work.
How my Mise en Place actually turned out.

Enjoying the Food

The quality of the ingredients for the dishes is quite high. The vegetables that are in the packages are for the most part very fresh.

One of the things I really like about Good Food, is that on the order form, they give several options for the types of food you like. The one I appreciate the most is that they have a check box for spicy dishes.

My order contains three dishes each containing two servings. I chose the Vietnamese Style Caramelized Pork Bowls. Mee Goreng with Fresh Shangai Noodles, and Pancetta, Kale & Cherry Tomato Tagliolini(with toasted Pine Nuts).

Mee Goreng
The Mee Goreng with Fresh Shanghai Noodles is my favourite among the three meals I tried.

Of the three meals, the Mee Goreng is my favourite. It is spicier than the Caramelized Pork Bowls, and I enjoyed the noodles more than the rice.

My second choice is the Pancetta and Kale dish. The toasted pine nuts add a nice bit of crunch to offset the softer ingredients.

The one thing I do not enjoy about this dish, is that the pasta is hard to separate. The noodles for the Mee Goreng have a starchy powder on them, which makes them easier to separate.

My third choice is the Caramelized Pork Bowls. There needs to be a little more seasoning for this dish. I think it could also use a little more vinegar for the quick pickled vegetables.

Good Food Summary

On the whole, as far as meal kits go, this one sits at the bottom. The main reason is that there is more work to do than the other kits. On the whole, flavour is not an issue for any of the services I tried. The cost of each is similar.

One other thing with Good Food. I find it quite easy to order. It is also quite easy to skip a week. However, when it came time to cancel, I could not find a link on the website. I ended up needing to email them to make that happen.

Finally, for all the meal kit sites. second order time comes to soon. My Good Food order arrived Friday, and I had to withdraw by Saturday. That means I do not get the time necessary to try the product properly before needing to make a decision.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.