This week I tried out Peach Dish. Their model is a little different than other services. With Peach Dish, you can either check out as a guest or become a subscriber. The same foods are available for guests and subscribers, but subscribers aren’t charged for shipping. The number of dishes and servings that you can choose from are also a little different than the other services. You can choose 2 dishes with 2 servings each (standard package), 1 dish with 4 servings, 3 dishes with 2 servings, 1 dish with 6 servings, and 4 dishes with 2 servings. The standard package is $50, making it one of the more expensive services at $12.50 per plate.
When subscribing, you can choose from four different menus: omnivore, omnivore – no pork, vegetarian, and pescatarian. I went with the pescatarian menu, but both dishes this week were vegetarian.
The box also had a couple of added treats: a perfect little parcel with two single servings of dark chocolate, a food magazine, and two postcards with an adorable crocodile eating a peach. All of the ingredients for each dish were bundled in a colorful mesh bag which can be reused. I’m going to use them as reusable produce bags at the grocery store.
Dish 1: Rainbow Bowl with Brown Rice Noodles & Sriracha Nuts
Dish 2: Whole Wheat Couscous with Cucumber, Walnuts, and Dates
How many recipes would I make again? 1.5/2
The first dish was great. The second dish ok. Compared to the other services, the recipes were a bit hard to read. I spent a good ten minutes trying to figure out where the dates were supposed to go. Most of the other services make the ingredients in the preparation section bold so they’re easier to see. I didn’t realize how helpful this was until I was cooking this recipe.
The pictures were fairly helpful. The picture of the couscous actually helped me determine when the couscous was ready, and the image of all of the ingredients helped to demonstrate how large the ingredients should be cut.
The added bits and pieces were appreciated. I enjoyed reading the magazine, the little bites of chocolate were lovely, and those postcards were just darling. I liked that the ingredients were bundled in a reusable mesh bag; although, they did use a lot of those tiny zip top bags that I can’t recycle or reuse. The insulation for the box, however, was made from #1 plastic, so I can recycle that.
The ingredients were very good quality, and have I mentioned that fabulous salt blend? So good.
The only downside was the price; $12.50 per plate is a bit steep.
Overall rating: B+