I Tried the Meal Kits from PeachDish and Here's What I Thought

I Tried the Meal Kits from PeachDish and Here's What I Thought

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Kelli Foster
Mar 16, 2016

Service: PeachDish
Price: Prices vary based on how many servings you order. The minimum order is $50, which is the standard box that includes two meals each with two servings. There's also a variable shipping charge should you choose to order without a subscription.
Overall impression: PeachDish is a meal kit delivery service offering Southern-infused seasonally inspired recipes to cook at home. There are eight different meals offered each week (four meat/fish and four vegetarian).

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PeachDish: A Quick Summary

Characteristics and specs: Described as an adventure in a box, PeachDish offers Southern-infused, seasonally inspired recipes developed by classically trained chefs. Each order includes all the ingredients (minus salt, pepper, oil, and water) along with a detailed, step-by-step instruction card for two dinners, with the option for two or four servings.

PeachDish gives you the option to subscribe for weekly delivery or order without subscribing. Shipping is included for weekly subscription members, while those ordering on a one-off basis will pay $7 or $22, based on which state the order is delivered to. PeachDish currently ships to the entire continental U.S.

Favorite details: I really like the concept of Southern influence in some of PeachDish's meals. It's not a style of cooking that I'm very familiar with, so this would certainly be a fun way to learn more about that.

While most meal kit delivery services are subscription only, this one is optional. Yes, there is a premium that goes along with ordering meal by meal, but it's nice to have that choice.

PeachDish also has a separate store on its website with desserts, jams, spice blends, flavored salts, meats, cookbooks, and more. It reminds me a little of Good Eggs.

Potential problems: Variety is limited. While there are eight meal options each week, only four of these change on a weekly basis, while the other four change seasonally, so it does seem like there could be a good deal of repetition.

Of the weekly meals offered, I also didn't actually feel like very many were Southern. Those meals seemed to make up only a small portion of the weekly menu, while the majority of the meal offerings were Asian, Italian, or American options.

As with any meal kit delivery service, there's a considerable amount of waste from the individual packaging of ingredients. Most of the materials with this service are biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable, and there seemed to be less packaging than services I've previously tried.

Who would love this? Anyone whose goal is to cook dinner more often, without overcommitting to too many nights. PeachDish will get you in the kitchen two nights a week, with the opportunity to potentially try some new-to-you recipes.

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My Review of PeachDish

I tried two meal from PeachDish: Beef Hot Pot with Asian Greens, Ginger, and Potatoes and Curried Chicken Breasts with Bok Choy and Basmati Rice. While I was excited to try my hand at Southern-style dishes, both of these Asian-inspired meals seemed too delicious to pass up.

All of the ingredients were well-packaged (particularly the meat, which was in an insulated bag) and separated by meal, which I found very helpful. The recipe cards were tucked between the box and the insulation, and seemed a little hidden. I almost got rid of the box and recipe cards, but thankfully found them before it was too late.

Each recipe card included a large photo of the finished meal; an ingredient list; step-by-step instructions, along with small photos; nutritional information of the meal; and a short bio about the chef who developed the recipe. I found that both recipes were detailed and easy to follow, and think someone with limited cooking experience would also have an easy time following the instructions. The prep and cook times were accurate, although if you're an experienced cook, the time may be less.

Both the beef hot pot and chicken curry cooked up exactly as they looked on the recipe card, and had well-portioned serving sizes. While both were certainly delicious, I found the flavors to be more mild than the way I'm used to cooking (although that would likely be beneficial to anyone cooking with these ingredients and flavors for the first time).

I was also excited to receive two very fresh navel oranges and two bite-sized pieces of dark chocolate — a positively sweet way to end my meals. Overall, I really enjoyed the quality of the ingredients included in my order, and they made for fresh-tasting dinners.

AT Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the service did give us products for review purposes.

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