What’s the difference between pre-made meal kits and DIY produce kits?

Meal delivery kits and DIY produce kits have been on the rise over the past few years. From stressed out parents to busy young professionals, thousands of Australians have signed up to meal delivery services with the intention of removing some of the unnecessary stressors from their everyday lives. 


But with so many options out there, how do you figure out which option is best for you? 

Pre-made meal delivery boxes vs DIY produce delivery kits


At first glance, pre-made meal delivery boxes and DIY produce delivery kits may seem identical. But in reality, they’re two very different products and services. Pre-made delivery meals are pre-cooked, pre-portioned meals that simply have to be reheated before they can be enjoyed. Produce delivery kits and recipe boxes, on the other hand, are essentially boxes of ingredients and produce items that can later be cooked to create healthy, homemade meals. 


Although produce delivery kits still require you to cook the meal, they make the process of cooking much easier as all the ingredients are already laid out for you. All you have to do is follow the recipe card! 

Pre-made meal delivery boxes: pros and cons

Pre-made meal delivery boxes have long been a popular option for busy people who simply don’t have any time to spare in the kitchen. Since the meals come pre-cooked, there’s little to no prep work that needs to be done. Many meal delivery companies will also have different meal plans available for customers to choose from, making it a great option for those who have specific dietary needs or goals – for example, weight loss.


One of the most obvious downsides of pre-made meal delivery boxes is the waste it creates. Every meal is portioned into individual plastic containers, which usually can’t be reused. Additionally, since the meals come pre-portioned and pre-packaged, it’s not an ideal arrangement for families or people who like to have dinner together. That’s why meal delivery boxes are usually better suited for people who have specific nutritional needs and for people who live alone or with housemates. 

DIY produce delivery kits: pros and cons


DIY produce delivery kits have been on the rise in recent years. The pandemic has undoubtedly aided in their growth, as more and more people are opting to have their groceries delivered


A DIY produce delivery kit is essentially a box of grocery items that’s delivered to your doorstep. These items can be used alongside easy-to-follow recipe cards to create delicious and nutritious home cooked meals, or simply provide fresh produce without the hassle of going to the supermarket. DIY produce delivery kits are a great option for people who still enjoy cooking and enjoy eating freshly cooked meals, but don’t love the hassle of meal planning or grocery shopping. These boxes are also extremely well-suited for families, as the meals can be prepared and served family-style. 


One of the biggest benefits of ordering DIY produce delivery kits is that they’re great for minimising waste. When you buy a produce box, you’re only buying enough produce for that week’s worth of meals. That means you’re much less likely to throw out a heap of food at the end of each week. Produce boxes also usually contain better quality and fresher produce, so they’re more likely to stay fresher in your fridge for longer.


With that being said, DIY produce meal delivery kits can feel quite limiting for those who enjoy having full flexibility over what they eat in a week. When you buy a delivery box, your meals for the week are essentially set in place, so if you’re the type of person whose plans often change throughout the week, then going down the subscription kit route may not be the best option for you. 

Enjoy full flexibility with Jim’s Home Fresh produce delivery services

For those who don’t want to commit to a monthly subscription plan for meal kits, booking in for a produce delivery service is a good way to test the waters. At Jim’s Home Fresh, we offer flexible and reliable produce delivery services to suit a wide variety of individual needs and tastes. Without having to pay for a subscription, you can buy premium produce direct from farmers and have beautiful, fresh fruit and vegetable boxes delivered straight to your home in no time at all. You can even check out some of our recommended recipes. Best of all, all our packaging is fully compostable, so you don’t have to worry about waste! 



If you’re looking for fresh produce delivery in Melbourne, get in touch with us at Jim’s Home Fresh today. Our grocery and produce delivery services are a great way to save time and money. Give our DIY produce delivery boxes a try this year–visit Jim’s Home Fresh Deliveries today to order your first box. 

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