Takeout Kit Meal Subscription Box Review – October 2017

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Takeout Kit October 2017

Takeout Kit is a meal subscription box aimed at helping you explore international food at home.

Each month, Takeout Kit will send along the ingredients to a globally inspired dish that ups the ante on your favorite takeout cuisine. According to Takeout Kit, all of their ingredients have a two-month shelf life, so you can cook your meal right away or wait until you have a free night to indulge.

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Takeout Kit October 2017

The Subscription Box: Takeout Kit Around the World Subscription

The Cost: $32.00+ for 1 kit per month, or $48.00 for 2 kits per month. Shipping is free!

The Products: The ingredients you need to make takeout-inspired meals from around the globe.

Ships to: U.S.

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Takeout Kit October 2017

Takeout Kit‘s menu assortment is quite extensive. Currently, you can choose from 10 offerings. This month, I went with Moroccan Shakshuka with Freekeh and Harissa. You can read a bit of history on each takeout meal along with the region in which it originated on the info card provided.

Takeout Kit October 2017

On the flip side of your info card, you’ll find your recipe along with a visual guide to what supplies you’ll need (pots, pans, etc.).

Cook Time: 25-35 minutes

Serves: 4

Here are the ingredients:

Takeout Kit October 2017

Cracked Freekeh – Estimated value $4.00 based on similar items

This high-fiber grain is used in Mediterranean cooking. I had never tried it prior to this recipe, but I was excited to learn that it has a whopping 8g of protein per serving and 4x the fiber of brown rice.

Takeout Kit October 2017

Marconi 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1.75 oz. – Value $1.61 (buy a case of 96 for $154.00 from Amazon)

It’s nice that Takeout Kit provides pantry items like EVOO! With weekly meal kits, you are expected to stock your own basics like oils, simple spices, sugar, and sometimes eggs.

Takeout Kit October 2017

Carmelina San Marzano Italian Peeled Tomatoes, 14.28 oz. (2) – Value $6.00

I’ve made shakshuka in the past, and the majority of the dish is tomato-based, so I was thrilled to see such quality tomatoes here.

Takeout Kit October 2017

Dried Onion

Takeout Kit October 2017

Coriander Spice Blend

Takeout Kit October 2017

Harissa Spice Blend

Takeout Kit October 2017

Roland Whole Red Pimientos, 13.75 oz. – Value $3.57

These red peppers were juicy, firm, and would be great for stuffing as well.

Takeout Kit October 2017

Bay Leaves

Takeout Kit October 2017

Tea Forte Moroccan Mint Green Tea – Value $1.25 (by 50 loose bags for $15.00 from Amazon)

A smooth, mint tea that’s often enjoyed with Moroccan dishes.

I started off this simple recipe by rehydrating my onion in a couple tablespoons of water.

Takeout Kit October 2017

I then moved on to the freekeh, a grain that I was previously completely unfamiliar with. The cooking process is similar to rice or quinoa though: bring it to a boil and then turn down to low and let simmer, covered.

Takeout Kit October 2017

The canned tomatoes are whole, so they need to be chopped down. I actually chopped mine up directly in a large bowl, but you can also remove them from the juice so that they’re chopped separately on a flat surface.

Takeout Kit October 2017

Same goes for the red peppers: I chopped those up, roughly, into 1 inch pieces.

Takeout Kit October 2017

The rehydrated onion was added to the heated olive oil in a very large pan. The recipes actually called for a skillet, but I don’t own any cast iron, so a nonstick pan had to do. I then added the red peppers and allowed those to soften for a few minutes.

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The spice mixtures and tomatoes came together, and I added this blend to the hot pan.

Takeout Kit October 2017

I chose to crack 4 eggs into my shakshuka (totally optional, but it really makes the dish, in my opinion). I just let them simmer in my covered pan for 10 minutes with the bay leaves on top. Because it’s not a necessity to the dish, you must provide your own eggs. Feta cheese is also suggested as a potential garnish. I think that parsley would be great as well!

Takeout Kit October 2017

The final product was super delicious. The tomato-y baked egg mixture is served with freekeh to give it somebody, and the mint tea is a wonderful compliment. I found the steps to be extremely easy and the ingredients to be authentic. Perfect for breakfast or an easy lunch!

Verdict: I really loved this month’s Takeout Kit dish. It continues to impress me that Takeout Kit provides its subscribers with such unique meal offerings from all over the world. As someone who loves travel and experiencing different cultures, it’s a real treat. The $25.00 box cost (including free shipping) is also pretty reasonable for an authentic Moroccan meal that serves 4. These kits would be terrific for someone with a busy lifestyle and adventurous palate, or even as a gift for someone like a college student who wants easy, unusual dishes on hand.

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Written by Jess Cole Payne

Jess Cole Payne

Jess’s love for subscription boxes began with a makeup and skincare fixation. She’s looking forward to broadening her horizons in discovering new products within the lifestyle and food world of subscription boxes.

Posted in Food & Drink Subscription Boxes, Meal Kit Subscriptions, Subscription Box Reviews, Takeout Kit Reviews| Tags: takeout kit | 6 comments


  1. Well I was going to try it but not with the price increase, I understand they want to make money but it just isn’t worth it to me at the higher price.

  2. $48 for 2 kits a month seemed totally reasonable to me (and with a 15% discount no less?) but I Just went to the website to order and it says two kits ship for $62 a month.
    With 15% off it’s still not a bad deal but I’m a bit thrown off with the price being $14 more than it’s shown here.
    That being said the one per month price on here is the same as on the website, So I might try just one.
    (Someone should totally correct me if they can find a price on there of 2 for $48 like it’s shown here.)

    • I too thought two kits for $48 was great and went to subscribe but was thrown by the price difference. I would’ve assumed it was a typo, but the verdict also says the box was $25.00.

      Can we get some clarification?

      • Yup! It’s about $56 for 2 kits/month now with the discount ($28/kit). We had to raise prices to cover increasing shipping costs. BUT we also offer 3 kits/month now for ~$26/kit when you use the discount code.

  3. Looks delicious. I love shakshukah

  4. This looks good and I love that you can order previous boxes without subscribing. I’m thinking about ordering the Spanish Paella with Chorizo & Artichokes just to try it out.

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