Tired of the same old meals every dinner time? Then why not try out a meal kit? Have a look at this Simply Cook review to see if it’s for you.
I am a rubbish cook. However, over the last few months, I have become far more adventurous when it comes to destroying my food. This is all thanks to meal kits. If you’ve never seen one, a meal kit is a pack sent to your door with everything you need to create a tasty meal. All you need to do is follow the instructions and cook.
These kits are great for trying new food but can be a little pricey. However, an advert caught my eye for Simply Cook which seemed far cheaper than other companies I had tried before. So, all excited, I hastily ordered 4 meals for under £10. And it turns out that I should read things I sign up to more carefully. Unlike other meal kits, Simply Cook just provides you with spices and recipe cards. The rest of the ingredients you have to buy yourself. Oh well, you live and you learn.
Who is Simply Cook?
Simply Cook Limited is a British company based in London and incorporated in 2014.
Taken from their website:
At SimplyCook we want to get Britain cooking! Despite our nation’s love of food, recipe programs and celebrity chefs most of us only have 6 meals or less in our repertoire. We aim to change that by making cooking a simple and hassle free process so you can expand your repertoire with ease!
We want to achieve 3 things:
We love flavour – we want your dinners to taste amazing.
We want to save you money – our short shopping lists mean you don’t have to spend on 20 ingredients to cook a tasty new recipe and our meals work out between £2 and £6 per person in total.
Ultimate convenience – you can use our kits when you want, cooking takes around 20mins, and the items you have to add are easily accessible.
How does Simply Cook work?
Just sign-up using the app or the website and order 4 recipes that take your fancy. Within a few days, your recipe kits will arrive in the post, along with a shopping list that includes other items you need to buy.
Then you can order further meals every 2-4 weeks, whichever works best for you.
How long do Simply Cook boxes last for?
We all get sidetracked from time-to-time, or things fall to the back of our cupboards. Kits will generally last for 2-3 months and all have an expiry data written on them.
There are dozens of meals to choose from, so all tastes are catered for. You can set your dietary requirements too so you can avoid anything that’s likely to make you unwell or you just don’t like the taste of. You can set the frequency of your kit deliveries to weekly, fortnightly or monthly. The box fits through the letterbox, so at least you don’t need to be in for the delivery.
The plus point of not receiving fresh ingredients is that you can cook your own meals in your own time. With other meal kits, you have a limited time before your food starts to turn, but not with Simply Cook.
You still have to do your shopping as usual. Which means that my life is no easier at all. In fact, it can be a little harder. Some of the ingredients that I needed weren’t in stock at my local supermarket so I had to compromise. And when I start adding my own ideas, there seems little point in following the recipe.
There is an expected cost per meal listed with each recipe. These aren’t that accurate as many meals seem to cost between £2-£6 each. Obviously, the cost depends on where you shop, but surely prices don’t differ this much?
My first box
As I said earlier, I was expecting much more to my kit and was quite surprised when my box arrived with the rest of my post. Each kit comes in a box that is split into a further 4 boxes, each containing 3 different ingredients pots. Each recipe card had a little tear-off section with the ingredients which you can take shopping if you wish.
The recipe cards are generally quite easy to follow but could do with a few more images. Sometimes I get a little confused by the descriptions and it’s not totally clear what to add when. Although I am a cooking simpleton.
The meal kits I chose were:
BBQ Tandoori chicken with sweet potato wedges
Masala lamb chops
Sichuan dan dan noodles
Is Simply Cook any good?
Taste-wise, there’s no complaints here. The food was very nice and the cooking times were accurate. I can still never get my food to look like it does on the recipe cards though. Although we dodged the salad for the meal below…
My Simply Cook review conclusion
So, is Simply Cook worth it? I did like the food, but I can’t help thinking that Simply Cook isn’t much more than an expensive cookbook. Yes, they provide you with some flavour pots but I’m sure they’re not worth very much. Plus, I still have to go through the hassle of food shopping. With that in mind, this isn’t a subscription I’m going to carry on with.
A little tip
When I went to cancel my subscription I was offered 20% off. For life! That meant all my recipe boxes would cost just £7.99 each. Not bad value, but still a little expensive for me. But if you like Simply Cook, this is something to consider.
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