Holiday Gift Guide: Hen in a Hurry

Stephs Cheers and Jeers was provided the samples mentioned in this post in return for an unbiased review.

Food is a really popular gift that people send around the holidays, in fact, last year I received several of those food-themed gift boxes for Christmas and while the thought is great I always felt like the food in those kits is sub-par and I often don’t even end up eating them. How about instead of sending boring food this Holiday Season send ready to heat chef-prepared meals?

Hen in a Hurry is a meal subscription that delivers tasty ready to heat chef-prepared meals to your doorstep. They offer over 100 different entrees and sides that are prepared fresh daily and most of these meals are comfort food that we have all grown to love. The idea behind Hen in a Hurry comes at the request of patrons of a popular Greensboro, North Carolina eatery, Iron Hen Café. What really drew me to Hen in a Hurry is that they pride themselves on being responsible and sustainable both locally and globally.

My Order:

I received 4 bulk family meals and I decided to choose Cheddar and Chicken Enchiladas with Creamed Corn,
Chicken and Dumplings with Stewed Spiced Apples, Grass Fed and Finished Beef Lasagna with Glazed Carrots and Bourbon Braised Pork Belly with Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese.

The meals are vacuumed sealed at a USDA facility and then frozen. They are then shipped in a cooler with freezer packs or dry ice(my package contained dry ice). I had no worry that the items would arrive safely to my doorstep this time of year, I actually wasn’t home when the package arrived and when I did get home there was plenty of dry ice left and the meals were still very cold.

Thoughts On The Meals:

The Cheddar and Chicken Enchiladas with Creamed Corn was my FAVORITE meal. One thing I really love about Hen in a Hurry is that the entree and the main dish are in separate containers. This allowed me to mix and match entrees and sides which was nice.

I was a little concerned at first that because the meals are frozen they would lose flavor but overall the food was good. The only dish I did not like was the Chicken and Dumplings and I thought the Grass Fed and Finished Beef Lasagna was a little dry but otherwise, the food was very tasty and I was overall very happy with my order.

Hen in a Hurry offers a variety of plans to choose, you can see a full break down below:

  • 7 main dishes with sides for $99 a week
  • 30 main dishes with sides for $315 a month
  • 12 bulk meals for $280 a month(96 servings as low as $3 each.)
  • 2 bulk meals with sides for $62 a week
  • 4 bulk meals with sides for $96 a week
  • 6 bulk meals with sides for $132 a week
  • Hatch Your Own Plan

I highly suggest recycling all of the packagings, I decided to make an ottoman out of the cooler I received and Hen in a Hurry includes a nifty little list with suggestions on how to upcycle the cooler.


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