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Consumer Watch: Home-delivered meals vs. grocery shopping

Jen French
March 15, 2017 07:32 AM

As meal mail-delivery services increase in popularity, KOB-TV wanted to know if the service is actually worth the price.

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Helping her mom buy vegetables is much easier for Maylen Mason than actually eating them. For Maylen and her mother, KOB producer Wendy Mason, grocery shopping is done together.

KOB-TV asked the two to buy specific ingredients at the grocery store identical to the items delivered by three popular meal delivery companies: Home Chef, Plated, and Hello Fresh.

Each meal delivery box had two to three meals for two. Much of the food was shipped from California and chilled with ice packs.

For moms like Wendy Mason, it’s the most convenient home cooking has ever been.

"It's all measured out." she said. "It tells you exactly what to do--step by step. Even if you skip a step--you're not going to mess it up too badly. You know what I mean?”

With premeasured ingredients, feisty shrimp linguini from Hello Fresh took approximately 30 minutes to prepare.

Per plate, Home Chef cost $12.45. Plated cost $13.50.  Groceries from Albertsons cost $11.12 per plate, but offered bigger portions due to store packaging.

Hello Fresh was the best deal at $9.99 per plate.

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Jen French

Copyright 2017 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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