From well-known names such as HelloFresh to organic, plant-based or chef-led options, we’ve tested out the best recipe box subscription delivery services so you can find the perfect option for you. Read on for our full review of the Feast Box recipe box subscription service.
Feast Box is a recipe delivery service designed to help customers explore the world through food – with a slogan of ‘travel the world every single day’. Feast Box helps you experiment with ingredients and new cuisines without having to source unfamiliar ingredients, and stops everyday meals becoming boring. Recipes are designed to be authentic and increase awareness of cultural traditions, with recipes from all over the world including the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and South East Asia.
Choice: There are 12 recipes to choose from for each delivery day (boxes arrive on Wednesdays and Fridays), including veggie and vegan options, without the fake meat. With the breadth of cuisines covered you’d never get bored and always be discovering something new – meals we saw included gyudon with lotus root, lamb gozleme, prawn jiaozi dumplings or an Afghan lubia. You can choose 2-4 recipes each week, for either 2 or 4 people. Recipes are individually priced, between £5-9 per portion, so you can adapt decide how much you want to spend. Recipes also have wine or beer pairings with in-depth tasting notes that you can add to your box.
Occasion: Feast Box has a real range of recipes to choose from – from quick everyday stir-fries and stews to interesting weekend projects like homemade empanadas or dumplings, perfect for spending time in the kitchen on a Saturday afternoon.
Quality: We tested out Vegetable Manti (described as ‘the missing link between Chinese and Italian cuisine’) and Aubergine Kofta Rolls, both to serve 2. The ingredients were all high quality (meat is 100% British), fresh and lasted well in the fridge for a few days. Everything you needed came neatly packaged and clearly labelled. The meals certainly didn’t lack flavour, with lots of herbs and spices in every dish – just our two dishes included Baharat, sumac, paprika, chilli, cinnamon and pomegranate molasses along with plenty of fresh mint, parsley and coriander. One issue we had was our packet of dumpling wrappers for the manti had entirely glued themselves together so we had to handroll each one, making an already slightly complex recipe pretty time consuming and not getting such light results.
The recipe instructions came on A4 recipe cards with full pictures of the finished dish on one side. There’s also interesting background information explaining the origins of your dish. Our recipe cards were different styles, and unfortunately the Aubergine Kofta Rolls card had the subheadings for a completely different recipe on each step which made it a tad confusing. Aside from this, the methods themselves were clear and detailed to follow.
Despite these hiccups, we were very pleased with the results: portions are generous – our boxes for 2 easily served 3. Spicing is also generous, so perhaps go easy with the quantities and taste as you go – our aubergine kofte rolls were on the sweet side from a lot of pomegranate molasses. Our vegetable manti had three different sauces to make, but all balanced together for a really unique dish.
Packaging and delivery: Packaging was highly recyclable with instructions for how to best dispose of each element – food was kept fresh with non-toxic cooling packs in recyclable plastic and was packaged securely with reclaimed and recycled cotton industry offcuts.
Value for money: If you feel stuck in a cooking rut, Feast Box is a brilliant way to branch out and is good value for money. It offers the chance to authentically try new cuisines, experiment with flavours and learn new techniques. This would suit slightly more experienced cooks, willing to trust their own instincts and try slightly more complex recipes.