I was asked by the team at Gousto if I would like to try their new service, and in the interest of research said yes. This is a new service, delivering a bag of food for a couple or a family to your door, with enough for 3 or 4 meals ready for you to cook. No waste, no real weighing out, just quite interesting food ready for you to cook.
And I do mean cook, not pop in the oven or microwave. I choose two of their easy recipes, Pork Chops with Stilton, Pecans and Pear, and Venison Sausages with honey braised Cabbage. Neither took much more than 15 minutes to put together, and was cooked within 30 minutes.
Even cooking the sausages for myself was probably about as quick as putting a ready meal in the oven (can’t abide the microwave) and the results were certainly tastier. The sausages were from a named butcher in Devon, from free range pork, so not cutting corners. They weren’t as interesting tasting as I might have hoped, but pretty passable once I added some redcurrant jelly to the plate.
Each dish comes with an easy to follow recipe card and I reckon any level of cook could follow this. I didn’t try the more complex recipes, as not sure if you were confident cook if you would buy in food like this. In fact, I’m not sure if this would really appeal to families, although there is a family size bag, certainly not for everyday. BFF made a good suggestion that this is a great idea if you’re on holiday in rented accommodation and don’t want to eat out all the time, and I can see that working.
These were good ingredients, put together with thought into a good recipe. Yes, at £42 for 3 meals for 2 people, it’s not the cheapest thing to buy, but then what would 3 ready meals of a similar quality cost you? I also think the portions for two were more generous than the average ready meal. It only relies on you having a simple larder of ingredients to hand, and there is very little waste.
Started by two friends, who loved to cook but didn’t have time to shop, they started out working food markets, and now seem to be trying for the big time. Who knows, it could well take off, and I hope so, as always good to see new businesses with a good, unique idea make it good.
Thanks again to the team there for letting me try the service. As always, this is my honest view of what I’ve tried, I’d give it a go if we were away, but guess as keen cooks with good shops to hand then I’m not really the target audience!