Stuck in a Recipe Rut?
Going to the grocery store is a chore, and let’s face it – it’s always the same experience. You go in with intentions of cooking up flavourful, mouthwatering dishes, but week after week you buy too many of the same ingredients, and end up in a recipe rut – boring!
With tight budgets, it becomes tough to be creative in the kitchen and try new recipes. You might hear about an intriguing pasta dish from one of your friends with a Southeast Asian flare, or a new modern twist on a Mexican classic, but you’re missing nearly the entire pantry of ingredients at home. Is it worth it to buy huge bunches of herbs that spoil quickly, and several jars of spices that you may only use a few times?
From Wallet to Wastebasket
To put this into perspective, an average Canadian family of four throws out around $32 of food per week, which adds up to $1650 over the course of a year! Those are some huge numbers, and can be broken down a little bit further. Two thirds of food is thrown away because it spoils before it gets used, and the remainder comes primarily from serving portions too large, and scraping the excess into the trash. Chefs Plate easily combats both of these issues by delivering you only ingredients that you’re going to use right away so that there’s no spoilage, and by perfectly portioning the serving sizes there should be nothing left to throw out at the end of a meal.
Even thinking about meal planning feels like homework to busy families, but without it it’s all too easy to resort to take-out, or trips to the grocery store with no idea what the dinners for the week are going to be. Buying a whole bunch of ingredients without a concrete plan on how you’re going to use them each day is a surefire way to create food waste.
We spend HOW much?
If you’ve been grocery shopping for a few years, you’ve undoubtedly noticed your bill inch higher and higher each year. In fact, since 2013, the average grocery bill has increased by 16%. The numbers are even scarier if you’ve been trying to cut back on processed food, with the price of fresh meats and produce skyrocketing over 30% between 2013 and 2016. Prices have since taken a step back from the highs of last year (what a relief!), but trying to be mindful of food choices still means getting squeezed out of 23% more than a mere four years ago. Doesn’t leave much room in the budget to try new things, does it?
Chefs Plate allows you to try a wide variety of recipes from around the globe without having to stock your pantry with ingredients you’ll never use. Want cook a recipe that uses a few tablespoons of champagne vinegar, or a teaspoon of togarashi, but don’t want to go all the way to the grocery store to pick of a few oddities that are going to sit in the back of your cupboard until the end of time? No problem, because Chefs Plate delivers you the exact portion of every ingredient that you’re going to use in each recipe, giving you the freedom to explore new cuisines without wasting valuable cupboard space with unique items that will stay there long past their expiry date.
Without even factoring in the extraordinary convenience of having the week’s ingredients shipped to your doorstep, Chefs Plate seems like a clear winner in giving you the ability and freedom to try tons of new dishes from around the world without the headache of hunting for exotic items and factoring them into your budget.
Want to start eliminating food waste? Try out Chefs Plate and see the difference you can make!