Marley Spoon is a meal kit subscription service which simplifies the process of cooking at home. With a selection of delectable recipes which can each be made in six easy steps, Marley Spoon would be most suitable for those who are time-poor or who are just learning to cook.
Each week has twelve different recipes to choose from, from which subscribers choose two to four options (depending on their subscription level).
I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to review a Marley Spoon box. I found it hard to decide which recipes to order, but eventually settled on Mexican chicken burgers with potato gems and Asian caramel chicken with cucumber ribbon salad. The next week, my box of ingredients arrived at the nominated time.
Inside the box were two paper bags containing the ingredients for each recipe, plus a chilled box keeping the meat safe (meaning that it is okay if you are not home to receive the delivery, as the meat will stay cold for hours). Simple recipe cards show what each meal is supposed to look like on the front, and step-by-step instructions with pictures on the back.
Ingredients for the Mexican chicken burgers recipe by Marley Spoon.
The recipes contain very basic and clear instructions, with no difficult techniques or niche cooking equipment needed. The recipe cards even specify what utensils and extra ingredients are required, so you can see at a glance what you'll need to prepare. The simplicity of the recipe cards makes Marley Spoon an ideal option for those with limited skills in the kitchen.
All ingredients are measured out into the correct size (except for vegetables, which are sent whole). Wastage is minimal, and it is near-impossible to mess up the proportions for each meal.
I had thought that there would be no way that my assembled meals would look remotely like the professionally styled photographs on the recipe cards. But, by following the simple provided instructions, I was surprised that the meals turned out looking decent. They tasted good, too - despite being easy to prepare, they were flavoursome and incorporated a range of textures.
The assembled Mexican chicken burger recipe from Marley Spoon.
There are many different subscription options for Marley Spoon, ranging from $8.95 per serving to $13.75 per serving depending on the size and frequency of the boxes. A two-person box of two meals costs $55 per week. As you might expect, the pricing is somewhere in between the cost of take-out and the cost of cooking from scratch yourself. Delivery is available to most major cities in Australia.