Here are three ways to make sure you’re getting the best food delivered.
1. Fruit and veggie box deliveries
If you live near a main centre, it’s likely you’ll have access to these services. In Sydney, I’ve tried a few and Lettuce Deliver comes up trumps. They’ve been in the game for over 20 years, so have established relationships directly with growers and producers. Some fruit and veggie box delivery companies will go to the wholesale markets and then on sell to you, which is fine, but you do end up paying a bit more. Many offer extras like eggs, milk and bread in addition to other pantry and personal care items.
Have a search online for local, smaller family businesses offering these services. Near me in Sydney, The Fruitful Boxes do a good job of getting the freshest from the markets to your door. There’s even a pub down the road selling fruit and veggie boxes – a nice innovation!
Buying a mixed box of fruit and veggies is a great way to get in season produce for less at its peak freshness.
Usually delivery will cost between $7-10 and most often you’ll need to order a few days in advance, although some companies such as Doorstep Organics offer “day before” orders.
Online stores such as Catch and Grocery Run sell packaged foods like muesli bars, tinned tuna and noodles as well as household staples like oil and honey.
2. Back your local
For a good selection of staples, the smaller niche market, Harris Farm is a winner. My advice is give yourself more lead time to have your goods delivered. Many local suppliers are also offering delivery. Find out if your local café, butcher or grocer is offering delivery services.
You might pay slightly more, but you’ll be supporting the local stores and we’re all spending less on eating out now, so it evens out.
Click and collect is also an option. Companies such as Naked Foods offer this service, so you can shop and pay online, then visit the store for a quick swing by and pick up your food.
3. Recipe box delivery services
These subscription services deliver a box of pre-portioned ingredients and recipes to your door each week. It means less food wastage and encourages you to cook meals you may not have thought of before.
We tried the “3-meals-a-week for 2 people” option from Hello Fresh and found that it was exciting to get the boxes delivered and discover what was inside. You can make your choices for the three meals out of 15 different available options.
At $70 a week for three meals, that’s about $11 a meal/pp. Slightly more than I would usually spend on a cooking a meal at home. But you are paying for Hello Fresh to buy your produce, create recipes and deliver, so for us, it’s a good investment. Plus, we could make one meal stretch for dinner and enough for lunch the next day if we added extra veggies – like spiralised zucchini or grated carrots. So, you can really halve that cost per meal.
The meal kits were a good way to change up the midweek meal and like other subscription-based services, you can subscribe for a while and then have a break. We kept the recipe cards so we can make the meals again later.
Can’t be bothered cooking at all? Innovative companies like the Dinner Ladies deliver a batch of freshly cooked meals to the door.