Let’s face it, 2020 is nothing like we have imagined at the beginning of the year. Between the strong fires in Australia, a potential threat of World War III, and a pandemic, we’ve had more action in the first four months of 2020 to last us through the decade. And, since social distancing and quarantine have forced us to change our habits and lifestyle, they also allowed us to think outside the box, and consider some services that we didn’t think we needed before.
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With most shopping malls, restaurants, bars, and terraces closed, food options were limited to farmers’ markets for those who can cook, and takeaway restaurants for those with limited cooking skills or time.
Enter food boxes, a concept that, even though not new, has continued its popularity increasing trend during these uncertain times. With people stuck inside their homes, some felt more inspired to cook or try new recipes. If you’re one of them but still didn’t subscribe to a food box yet, below you can find a list of benefits. However, let’s start by picking the right box for you.
What type of food boxes are there?
Those who are new to the concept might be overwhelmed by the number of options available, in terms of ingredients, cuisines, and price lists. Therefore, the best way to navigate through this ocean of unexplored tastes is to know what you’re looking for.
First of all, there are various types of food boxes you can order online, depending on what you’re aiming for. If fresh produce and organic living are parts of you, some small farms regularly send to their customer’s small boxes or cases filled with a mix of veggies, herbs, and fruits. You can choose from a wide array of options, suitable for all culinary preferences.
Other boxes might only contain a mix of dried and fresh herbs and spices, perfect for passionate cooks who are willing to try something new. Others, on the contrary, will guide you through various international cuisines, sending you every month a new mix of cooking oils, herbs, seeds, and gourmet snacks to satisfy even the most exquisite tastes.
Why should you opt for food boxes?
Minimum food waste
Why order an entire set of spices just to use only a pinch of a specific one? First of all, food boxes aim to minimize food waste by sending just the right amount of products for you to experiment with.
Experimenting with new tastes and cuisines
Another important reason why you should opt for a food box is the opportunity to experiment with international cuisines and find out more about the cultural identity of each country.
Every month you will receive a set of gourmet snacks, dips, fresh and dried herbs, spices, nuts, and other edible products from a certain geographic area so you know what the world tastes without even leaving your kitchen.
Therefore, you won’t have to invest thousands of dollars in gardening and farming equipment, including products like the ones in this review.
Recipe cards and easy instructions
Even Marta Stewart burnt some dishes during her culinary adventure before becoming the food mogul she is. Thus, there is no shame in admitting that you still struggle to make the perfect foie-gras or sous vide steak.
One of the best things about food boxes is not only the new ingredients that you’re receiving every month or week but also the recipe cards with easy-to-follow instructions. This way, you can perfect your cooking skills and experiment with dishes you never thought you will be making.