Recently I noticed that MissFresh, a meal kit service, was offering 500 AirMiles for first time users. Having tried HelloFresh and Edens Taste, I figured this would be a good chance to try another one and start drawing some comparisons.
Trying My First MissFresh Order
MissFresh deliveries are made on Fridays. This happens to be my day off. They promise delivery between 9 am and 6 pm. On my first delivery the order arrived by around 11 am. That is not too bad. I still had the rest of the day to run errands, etc.
When I opened the box, the first thing thing that caught my eye was the amount of plastic used. This is different from HelloFresh where the meal ingredients are in paper bags. There are also a whole lot of little plastic bottles. Most do not seem to have recycling marks on them. Plus, it is a lot of extra cleaning to do after making the meal.
One thing I did notice as I looked through the recipe cards that came with the kit, the portion sizes were larger than with HelloFresh. On average, the meals from MissFresh were 100-150 calories larger than those from HelloFresh. When it came to dividing up the food after cooking this made it a lot easier, because a half portion felt like a full meal. With HelloFresh I had four portion meals, but dividing them into four left me feeling like a had not had a full meal.
I am not going to go through all the meals. On the whole the flavours are good, but I prefer the HelloFresh flavours. The tend to be bolder than the MissFresh flavours. What I do like with MissFresh is that there are more vegetables in the meals. Including salads.
On the other hand this means that there is more prep work to do and more dishes that need to be washed after the meal is finished. Of the 8 meals I tried the one at the top of this post would be my favourite. It was inside round steak, that featured mashed potatoes along with wilted greens and red grapes. To top it off there was some blue cheese which really brought all the other flavours to life.
One of the problems I encounter with all these delivery services is knowing when I need to cancel. In the case of MIssFresh I asked, and was told I could cancel up until the Wednesday before. It turns out, though, that their Wednesday is nine days before your order comes and not two days. This meant I ended up with a second order.
This time around the Friday delivery did not arrive until after 2 pm. This meant that I spent a whole lot more time at home. Yes, you can arrange for a drop off for pickup, but the boxes are not easy to carry home on the bus. So, while ordering one of these boxes is supposed to save on the time spent shopping, you have to have a full day at home planned to take advantage of the delivery. This is too much like waiting for internet services calls.
One of the things I do like about MissFresh is that the menu cards are very well organized when it comes to explaining what is necessary to prepare the meals. Although putting not included next to the water in the ingredient list does seem to be a bit silly.
There is a lot more fiddly work with this meal service. I found it interesting that in one ;meal kit, the recipe calls for minced garlic, and they give you minced garlic. In another recipe they call for minced garlic and they give you a clove of garlic to mince yourself.
There are also other odd directions. One recipe was for a baked potato soup, and they tell you to peel the potato. What is the point of a baked potato soup if you are taking the skin off. I left the skin on for my soup, and it made for a much better tasting soup.
Although the portion sizes are very good, and the flavours are pretty good, not great, I doubt I will use MissFresh again. There is too much waste plastic, and the prep time is longer than the cards say. Also, the nine day lead time on orders and cancellation is too long.