- Food Allergen Options? Yes
- gluten-free, vegetarian
- Cost Per Meal: $25-$50
- Wine Option? No
- Dessert Option? Yes
Peach Dish was an interesting meal kit delivery service I wanted to try because they specialize in Southern ingredients and recipes. The food selection was definitely unique compared to other similar services with mostly target fusion and modern recipes with their kits. However, Peach Dish was simply one of the most expensive meal kit services that I've ever ordered, which made it cost-prohibitive, and the main reason I can't fully recommend it.
The ingredients were fresh, and the food was tasty for sure. But considering the ingredients were relatively simple, and recipes were as simple as a 3-bean Tex-Mex stew, it's hard to justify paying $39 to have someone deliver some beans and butternut squash to my home. I have some other critiques of this service I dig into further down below, or you can head over to my current favorite meal kit delivery service, Plated.
Ordering Peach Dish
Getting started with Peach Dish was very fast and easy. I was surprised to learn that they are a bit different than most meal kit services in that you pick out how many meals you want, one by one, unlike most other services which sign you up for a set amount of meals per week as part of a subscription. After looking at the cost of the meals, I decided to just get two instead of the standard three as I would have gotten with most other services like Sun Basket or Green Chef.
Wow, the meal kits are pretty expensive in Peach Dish. The cheapest one I could find was $25 per meal (2 servings), and they range all the way up to $46 per meal. That doesn't include shipping or other fees! I'm sorry, but even if I'm ordering a nice steak I'm not paying $50 per meal unless I'm going to a steakhouse.
There's also a $15 shipping fee if you order less than $50 worth of food, but that's easily met by ordering just two meals. What I wasn't aware of is that as a “guest”, you also pay an additional $12 fee. Those states would be: AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, KS, ME, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY. So even though I didn't pay shipping, I paid the guest fee, thus a total of $78 for two meals. That's pricey for the basic meal kits I got. You can avoid this $12 fee by subscribing on auto-ship as with a traditional meal kit service.
As you browse through the meals, they list the important allergen information and other facts. Gluten Free and Vegetarian would be the main things to look at. Other options would be seasonal, quick fix, and blue ribbon. From what I've seen, there are enough options for vegetarian and gluten-free to have at least 3 meals from each of these categories each week.
Another cool thing to mention about Peach Dish is that they have a big selection of desserts to choose from – more than any other meal kit delivery program I've reviewed. Again, Gobble is one that offers desserts, but only one or two per week, and they were simple items like chocolate chip cookies. Just today I counted five available at Peach Dish, and they were large items like apple/pecan pies, crisps, and bread puddings.
Shipping & Packaging from Peach Dish
To be honest, the packaging for Peach Dish was a little weird. When I opened the box, I was surprised to find lacy sacks instead of plastic bags. It honestly looked like a cheap gift I'd pick up for Valentine's day or something my Grandma would have lying around in her sewing room. It didn't look like what food should be delivered in. Although unexpected, it didn't affect the quality of the food, obviously.
I prefer to have the plastic bags so I can dump all my discarded ingredients, including meat packages and unwanted veggie parts into the bag. The porous bags were not able to serve that function! I also almost threw away the recipe cards since they were stuffed into the side of the box between the insulation and cardboard. Good thing I didn't throw away the box right away! They should put a note in there.
Cooking with Peach Dish
Meal #1: Butternut Squash & Three-Bean SuperFood Chili
I was honestly a little mad that I paid $39 for this meal. See, that's why I test these meal kit services – so you don't have to. It was just a bunch of vegetables mixed into a stew. There wasn't even a special spice or at least something unique to make it worth the cost.
Yes, it was tasty, but it wasn't amazing.
Meal #2: Potato & Chorizo Sopes with Tomatillo Salsa
This meal was at least a little bit more worth the cost in that I learned a new type of food to cook. It was my first time using masa harina, which is a finely ground corn starch. $39 is pretty pricey for corn and potatoes, but at least the final result looked pretty cool and I can use this knowledge in the future.
My issue with this recipe is that it took way too long to make. 15 minutes prep wasn't enough time (more like 20-25 minutes), plus the cook time, it was about an hour or more from start to finish. Meal kits were supposed to make my kitchen time easier!
These were pretty tasty, but would be better with just meat on the inside.
Canceling Peach Dish
There was some confusion about what I was signed up for. I was under the impression that I was a “guest”, but when I signed back into the online portal to cancel, I saw that the next week's meals were scheduled, and chosen for me. Luckily, I was able to cancel in time! I do like that you are able to cancel online instead of calling or emailing like many services make you do.