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What Is Better Than Ready Cooked Meals Delivered To Your Door?

I’ll be the first to admit. Someone else cooking your food is so much easier. Especially in today’s world of Doordash and Uber Eats. With a few swipes of your finger, dinner appears hot and ready in your front door in a matter of minutes, so why not? 

As someone who has worked in the food industry for over a decade, I’ve become discouraged from the whole thing. Yes, my love for food was born here, but I can’t pretend it’s perfect. I’ve made cooking at home a priority for the following reasons: 

  1. A stranger with a wide range of emotions and mindsets is not handling my food. We all know people can become careless when handling foods. Cooks are no different. Especially when they are pressured to keep up a set ticket time. I’ve seen some sick things go down in a restaurant kitchen. It happens. It can happen to the food you eat.  
  1. I know exactly what is in my food. Restaurants like to use pre-processed ingredients to cut down on prep time. There is no telling what is in that soup that came out of a bag that just gets heated up. You can’t tell me honestly it is a healthy thing to eat. Frozen ingredients are also popular in restaurant kitchens. Those mozzarella sticks you love so much, they were frozen. The marinara sauce? Out of a can. 
  1. It saves money. Seriously. With the money you spend taking your family out to eat one meal, you can feed the same people breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a whole week. After all, convenience is expensive. 
  1. I can cook it better. I’m not being cocky. It’s the truth and it can be your truth. It’s common sense really. Fresh, organic ingredients prepared correctly with clean hands in a cheerful home kitchen is going to beat processed restaurant food 9 times out of 10. Those fine dining restaurants have me beat I’ll admit… if I want to pay 10x the price.  

So, What Are The Alternatives? 

Online Shopping 

If you want to start cooking at home but don’t want the hassle of grocery shopping (I know it’s a drag) then maybe you’d consider shopping online. Well into the Coronavirus pandemic, food companies have gone digital! Many online stores now offer delivery or curb side pickup. Just head on over to your favorite grocery store’s website and browse your favorite brands in the security and safety of your own home. Whole Foods offers a wide array of healthy organic options delivered to your door. The online grocery store is known for supplying quality products in a timely and efficient manner. Downside to doing your shopping online is it can be difficult at times to know exactly everything you need for the week or next few days. Especially for those just getting used to the whole experience of cooking at home.  

Subscription Services 

Take all the guess work out of cooking and subscribe to services like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron. While these two are the biggest names, there are a variety of service providers out there. These offer the convenience of sending you all the ingredients in the quantities necessary for the servings you request. They all come with recipes to follow with the food though how easiness varies from service to service. Some downsides to this option are having to deal with a lot of packaging and having leftover ingredients and having nothing to do with them. In all, I would say these services are a great way to get a person into the kitchen for the first time and whip up an amazing meal. Anything that gets more families eating together around the dinner table gets positive feedback from me. 

Private chef 

Now we are talking great eating at home with no work required. Why not just have someone else prepare a fresh meal in your own kitchen for you? Really, if you can afford it, why not? Private chefs truly are professionals. Most of them went to culinary school or have a lot of experience in professional kitchens to make up for it. Most offer an option where they will prepare the food for multiple days for you and just leave with heating instructions. This is the most convenient and probably tastiest option, but also the steepest in expense. After all, convenience is expensive. 

The Old School Way 

In your quest to find an alternative to ordering your food from somewhere else, you will find that doing it all yourself is the best way to go. I am also this way and several others in my culinary circle are as well. This way I can eat what I want, whenever I want it. Have a dinner menu for the week and make your shopping list of that. You can make it so that leftovers from one day are a part of the meal for the next day. This requires some knowledge of course on recipes and cooking techniques as well as tips for shopping. You can find all the information you require all over the web and even here on icookfresh.com. That’s right. I am committed to sharing all my culinary knowledge with you to make cooking for your family easier and enjoyable. 

I thank you for reading this post. Hopefully I’ve created another home chef.