Carolyn Hatling: In defense of meal kits
I’ve never written a letter to the editor before, but I felt I had to comment on Jim Mullen’s column about “Discomfort Food.”
It seems clear that Mr. Mullen doesn’t know much about the people who receive “meal kits.” My husband and I receive a box with two Blue Apron meals a week. We’ve been married for 50 years, and frankly, I’ve run out of ideas for what to prepare each night for dinner. So, that’s two nights I don’t have to think about what to cook.
Blue Apron delivers recipes for dishes we’ve never tried before. The ingredients are all there, but not pre-prepared. Healthy too. Things we would never think to eat: freekeh, kale, quinoa, etc. We can choose from a variety of menus. We’re retired teachers, so we’re not the “techionaires” that Mr. Mullen refers to. I had to laugh at the description of the kitchens that Mr. Mullen thinks Blue Apron customers have. We have none of those things in our kitchen.
The cost is minimal, about $10 per meal/person. We can’t eat out for that price. Plus, my husband actually helps me prepare these meals, which is usually not the case (there is a considerable amount of chopping, sautéing, etc.). So, we’re doing more together for the meal prep. Yes, dinner is about sharing, talking, listening, healing, and being part of a whole.
We do that while we cook together. It’s a lovely experience. And yes, it can come in a kit.
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