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    Post #1 - May 19th, 2018, 1:27 pm
    Post #1 - May 19th, 2018, 1:27 pm Post #1 - May 19th, 2018, 1:27 pm
    I've noticed that Jewel is pushing Plated now. Has anybody here tried this.? I believe that this was first promoted on Shark Tank, and has really taken off since they got involved. I would never buy it because it is $8 to fix your own dinner. I can fix dinner for myself a lot cheaper. I like to cook though, and a lot of people don't.
  • Post #2 - May 19th, 2018, 7:03 pm
    Post #2 - May 19th, 2018, 7:03 pm Post #2 - May 19th, 2018, 7:03 pm
    Hi,

    I haven't. I have no interest for pretty much the same reasons you shared.

    I was amused there was a marketing professional standing at the Plated display presumably to engage in conversations with shoppers. Except she was busy reading all those important messages on her phone. She would have accomplished her job, if she wasn't so distracted.

    At my cookbook club, there is a woman who purchases eight dinner servings per week from Blue Apron. She loves the variety and not having to plan and shop for dinner.

    A friend who inherited a ready-to-prepare meal advised he learned a few new culinary tricks.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #3 - May 19th, 2018, 7:28 pm
    Post #3 - May 19th, 2018, 7:28 pm Post #3 - May 19th, 2018, 7:28 pm
    Why does she belong to a cookbook club if she orders 8 Blue Apron meals a week?. When I mentioned over on mashupmom last summer about how much I love Henry's mesclun mix at the farmer's market, somebody replied that it was too much trouble to fix a salad. She would much rather hit the $2.99 Saturday salad bar at Jewel. The salad bar at the Jewel that is the closest to me is mediocre at best.
  • Post #4 - May 19th, 2018, 9:16 pm
    Post #4 - May 19th, 2018, 9:16 pm Post #4 - May 19th, 2018, 9:16 pm
    NFriday wrote:Why does she belong to a cookbook club if she orders 8 Blue Apron meals a week?

    We all have our hobbies. :D
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #5 - May 23rd, 2018, 5:13 pm
    Post #5 - May 23rd, 2018, 5:13 pm Post #5 - May 23rd, 2018, 5:13 pm
    I have tried Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron.

    They are all very similar, I think the accompanying instructions with Hello Fresh are a little better written and easier to follow than the others. Most of the recipes are pretty straight forward, but there are some good techniques and ideas that can be picked up.

    The some of the things to like about any of them are the following: 1) Convenience of not having to shop and/or plan. 2) Variety of tastes that wouldn't necessarily be in my normal repertoire. 3) portion controlled 4) the majority of the recipes took less than 30 mins to prepare.

    In terms of the cost $8-10/portion is not extreme. Ordering in pretty much anything is going to cost more. Per portion cost may be slightly less if doing it on your own, but you lose not just the convenience, but the possibility of waste as well. Since each recipe comes with the requested spices, vinegar's, produce, pasta, etc., there is not a percentage of a purchased jar/bottle/package left to spoil, stale, or whatever if not used again.

    I cook and I find most of the food enjoyable and tasty. A friend of mine who was not much of a cook before hand, was able to perform the steps and come up with a fairly accurate rendition of the attempted dish. I had a few weeks worth of them sent to my college aged kids and they liked them, though because the smallest portion is for 2 people, they weren't overly enamored with the same meal the next day for lunch or dinner. I heard similarly from single friends.

    I think they are a great tool/resource for people who don't cook, but want to try and learn on their own. The step by step instructions make it fairly easy. Even the more "difficult" recipes can be accomplished by a novice. The only drawback is that for a non-cook, some of the techniques or queues that a cook would find second nature are not as obvious or explained as well. So and instruction like "cook for 3-5 minutes", means the possibility of over or under-cooked exists, or cooking rice in a pot and not knowing to add more water if necessary, or the difference between a simmer and a boil can lead to burned/crunchy rice. I think a major improvement for most of them would be to try and foresee some of these issues and offer the visual clues necessary. Maybe more detailed instructions for the "novices"
  • Post #6 - May 23rd, 2018, 6:26 pm
    Post #6 - May 23rd, 2018, 6:26 pm Post #6 - May 23rd, 2018, 6:26 pm
    Hi,

    Jewel sent an email offering 40% off Plated selections for the next three weeks. I don't recall if it was pick up and/or delivery.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #7 - May 23rd, 2018, 11:18 pm
    Post #7 - May 23rd, 2018, 11:18 pm Post #7 - May 23rd, 2018, 11:18 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:Hi,

    Jewel sent an email offering 40% off Plated selections for the next three weeks. I don't recall if it was pick up and/or delivery.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    Delivered
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #8 - May 28th, 2018, 12:14 pm
    Post #8 - May 28th, 2018, 12:14 pm Post #8 - May 28th, 2018, 12:14 pm
    Hi- I was in Jewel on Saturday, and I noticed that they had all of their plated dinner kits on sale for B1G1F. The sale might only run through tomorrow though. I am not sure. I looked at the selection, and they had two different dinners to choose from, and I know the salmon dinner package was $16.95, which was supposed to feed two people. That means you get four meals for $16.95, which is not so bad.
  • Post #9 - May 29th, 2018, 2:06 pm
    Post #9 - May 29th, 2018, 2:06 pm Post #9 - May 29th, 2018, 2:06 pm
    Speaking of meal kits.....
    Kroger is buying Home Chef, the largest private meal-kit company in the U.S., for $700 million in order to boost the chain's online grocery business.

    https://www.fierceretail.com/stores/kro ... ansparency
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin

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