There have been a plethora of food boxes designed by the supermarkets during this pandemic and some of them have been really good, my Morrisons Vegan Box amongst them. I thought I would just try out one more box to see if it matched up in value and quality and when I spotted a free delivery code for the Aldi Food Parcel I thought this would be the one I would go for.
I ordered it to arrive on Wednesday 24th as this is when my current food Challenge is over, but somehow it came on Saturday 20th, very strange. But as these are all tinned or packet items I guess it wouldn't matter if they brought your order early. Better early than late!!
Getting free delivery saved me around £3 so that was good.
It was quite neatly packed, there was some scrunched up packing paper on top of the food to stop it moving around in transit. This was added to the log basket to be used for starting the fire.
The contents were pretty much the same as on the website.
The two differences were the chocolate, I got a block of white chocolate instead of milk and also the rice. Here I got two pouches of microwaveable rice instead of a 500g pack of white Basmati rice, which I guess is a similar value but not the same amount of rice. I could have made many more meals with a pack of 'proper' rice.
Of the foods in the parcel these are the foods I can't eat, either because they contain meat or dairy.
And these are the ones I can eat.
It's a really good store-cupboard filling box, with the addition of a pack of toilet rolls and some anti-bacterial handwash ... two items that were originally in very short supply. This particular box has been criticised by some as not having many actual meals in it but I actually see quite a few and a lot more if you are able to get a few extras, either by going out yourself or asking a family member or kind neighbour if you are self-isolating ... as lots more people are now doing here once again in North Wales due to a fresh outbreak of Covid-19 on Anglesey.
Although I am not going to do a Challenge as such with this box I couldn't resist sitting down and quickly working out how I would use it if I were a meat-eating, dairy consuming person with a partner. And also using only the contents of the box with no store cupboard extras.
I could just about manage 14 main meals with a bit of playing with the ingredients to hand. If I could add a couple of potatoes, some cheese, a loaf of bread and some spread or butter this would have made a week's worth of lunches as well as the one main meal a day I have managed. And of course a bit of fruit, even just a bunch of bananas and a pack of 6 apples would mean an even healthier menu.
So here's my quick off the cuff menu to feed two people from this box.
Rice Pudding for 1 day
Tea or Coffee with 3 of the packets of biscuits divided into quarters over 6 days
14 Main Meals
3 x Pasta with Pasta Sauce, Tuna and Sweetcorn
2 x Pasta with Chicken Noodle Soup
2 x Rice and Chilli con Carne with Sweetcorn and crushed salted peanuts
2 x Rice and Baked Beans with Tuna and Sweetcorn
3 x Tomato Soup, bulked out with Tinned Tomatoes and Sweetcorn
2 x Minestrone Soup with added Tinned Carrots
Bar of White Chocolate
2 tins of tuna
How would you do it?
What did I LIKE about this box -
I liked the mix of foods, the addition of hand wash and toilet rolls and the speed at which it was available for delivery.
What did I DISLIKE about this box -
That every single tin, except for the shrink wrapped sweetcorn and tuna tins was dented.
As the box was in pristine condition after delivery and there wasn't much room for movement inside the box I'm guessing that they must be packing dented cans.
Have you had a Food Box delivery during lockdown, what did you think of yours?