CookUnity is a chef collective that ships hand-crafted prepared meal subscription boxes curated by skilled, award-winning, local chefs right to your door. Their mission is to become more than just a meal subscription - they want to bring the creations of talented chefs to your kitchen table.
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CookUnity gives you access to small-batch meals curated by talented chefs, which means the first thing CookUnity needs to know about you is where you live to know what’s available in your area. While their reach is limited for now, they are rapidly expanding - check their delivery map to see if it is available in your area.
To get started after that, you first pick how many meals you want each week. You then have access to pick what meals you want based on the menu that week. If you don’t feel like picking, the chefs can pick for you. From there, meals will show up each week based on your shipping preferences!
Recipes will vary depending on your city and what the chefs have curated, but when we looked here’s some of what we saw:
When selecting recipes, CookUnity gives you a ton of filters - for seafood, red meat, poultry, vegetarian or vegan, under 600 calories, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, low sodium, keto, paleo, and whole30. What’s available is entirely up to the chefs, however.
CookUnity has free delivery. The price is based on how many meals you get per week. When we went through the sign up process, this is what we saw for one person:
|Meals Per Week||Price Per Meal||Price Per Week||Monthly Total|
|Diet||Is CookUnity Good For This Diet?|
|Keto||Yes, you can filter for this|
|Gluten Free||Yes, you can filter for this|
|Vegetarian||Yes, you can filter for this|
|Vegan||Yes, you can filter for this|
|High Protein||Yes many options|
|Low Carb||Yes, you can filter for this|
|Organic||Maybe - depends on the chef|
Your meals come prepared and ready to heat, but of course there’s more than one way to reheat a meal. In this case, CookUnity tells you the “fast” way, and the “chef’s” way based on how they think it will taste the best. The fastest way is usually a microwave which gets your meal hot and ready to eat quickly, but if you have the time and the equipment, reheating via the oven, a pan, an air fryer, or other cooking methods can bring a dish to its peak.
Also: are you a talented chef? You can become a chef on CookUnity yourself!
If you’re looking for restaurant quality meals curated by award-winning, talented chefs delivered straight to your kitchen, then for the price CookUnity is definitely worth it. If you have dietary restrictions you can browse the meals beforehand to know for sure if the meal options seem worth it to you, too.
If you don’t need that personal chef’s touch and are happy with still delicious but potentially less creative dishes, you might find more affordable options with other meal kits. Or, if you have more strict dietary needs and the options on CookUnity don’t quite fit, there are some other more catered options out there as well.
CookUnity VS Freshly: Both CookUnity and Freshly are prepared meal subscriptions, so they are both fast options for quickly heating and eating. However, CookUnity is more expensive at a minimum of $10.49 per meal versus Freshly at $8.99 per meal. With CookUnity, you are paying a little more for the award-winning chef curation and variety, whereas Freshly is a good option for more average day-to-day eating if that isn’t as important to you. Freshly also has a wider reach for delivery (for now, as of September 2021. Check delivery in the FAQ below).
CookUnity VS HelloFresh: First, CookUnity comes prepared and HelloFresh does not, so you’re saving time with CookUnity. Second, CookUnity is chef curated whereas HelloFresh offers more standard fare. Put those together and you end up saving about $3/meal with HelloFresh. Third, CookUnity has much more specific filtering for dietary restrictions with lots of options for most. One other small difference is that HelloFresh assumes you are serving at least 2 people, whereas CookUnity is more centered around one person - but you can always order as many individual meals as you like and serve however many people you want either way.
CookUnity VS Home Chef: Home Chef, through it’s Fresh and Easy service, and CookUnity both offer prepared meals. They also both offer many dietary filters. The key difference between these is also the chef curation that CookUnity offers which leads to more variety and creativity in the dishes. This leads to CookUnity costing about $1.50 more per meal.
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