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10 best recipe boxes and food deliveries sent right to your door


independent– The virtues of recipe boxes are almost endless. You get a food shop delivered to your door; you often don’t have to think about measuring or even chopping ingredients; food waste is minimal; it makes it easier to get your hands on top-quality produce; you can get specific diets and allergies catered to; and the recipes are often loved by kids both big and small. To many busy Brits, they make perfect sense.

Offerings range from classic boxes from the likes of organic produce stalwarts Riverford and Abel & Cole, who have been delivering fruit and veg to people’s doors for years, to bright frozen vegan meals from newbie Allplants, or homemade Indian cooking dropped off by bicycle by the pioneering, East London-based DabbaDrop.

There is literally something for everyone, whether you’re a calorie-conscious city dweller or cooking for a family in the suburbs.

And at a time when shopping in supermarkets is becoming more difficult in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, these delivery boxes will provide an important lifeline for many.

One comment for almost all the products is the amount of non-recyclable packing that was used. There’s been a massive reduction in single-use plastic across the board, but tiny measures of sauces and spices still arrive in plastics, many of which aren’t recyclable.

It makes us question why recipe box suppliers don’t offer a starter pack of cupboard staples for when you subscribe to a recipe box service, or being provided with a list you can buy yourself.

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Pasta Evangelists feels like a recipe box for grownups. A letterbox-friendly parcel gets posted through your door, containing two different fresh pasta recipes – you can choose from 10 different recipes each week, and you can also get next-day delivery, which is a big tick.

It’s an incredibly clever idea because pasta is so easy to transport and takes so little prep – as the sauces are premade, you’ll never have to spend more than 10 or minutes cooking, and you get up with near-restaurant quality food. Dietary requirements are well-catered for: we had vegetarian cacio e pepe and vegan orecchiette with pesto and a pistachio crumb (we ended up adding a fair amount of salt and pepper to this, but that’s a very minor complaint). Now all you need is a nice bottle of wine…