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Started by Jotavitch on Sep 22, 2018 9:19:30 PM
ready made meals

i'm researching on ready made meals, but those who are regularly delivered not bought from supermarkets. Any hints, please? Due to my disability i won't be able to go back to chef in a regular kitchen, so i'm planning to start a catering biz with a kitchen adapted to my needs (and that of other disabled chefs) and i'm thinking a ready meal service might be better than cooking on demand like a restaurant... better cooking as previously planned; and yes, i'll make PIES ;)

Jotavitch - 22 Sep 2018 21:23:25 (#1 of 19)

i'm with the Slow Food movement, and will obviously cook local, organic produce. By local i mean Northumbrian, Cumbrian and from the Scottish Border.

Anchorman - 22 Sep 2018 21:25:06 (#2 of 19)

I'd research the market ,probably order a few meals in to check out the quality and prices and then see if you can provide the same or better at around the same prices.

Several of my elderly customers have regular meals delivered and they say they're pretty good.

Try googling

home delivered hot meals for the elderly

TrouserFreak - 22 Sep 2018 21:26:00 (#3 of 19)

You can get Maccys to deliver now. Uber eats or deliveroo.

Anchorman - 22 Sep 2018 21:26:42 (#4 of 19)

This is the company my customers use

Anchorman - 22 Sep 2018 21:27:39 (#5 of 19)

Reasonably priced

mancurse - 22 Sep 2018 21:29:13 (#6 of 19)

Yes, I was just going to mention Wiltshire farm foods, freezable microwave meals delivered to your home on a weekly or monthly basis, lots of meal choices, special diets catered for, and different sized portions available too. Lots of my patients used them, never heard a negative review.

JennyRad - 22 Sep 2018 21:30:19 (#7 of 19)

Aside from Wiltshire Farm Foods, I also hear good things about

Jotavitch - 22 Sep 2018 21:46:40 (#8 of 19)

Thanks. I requested the brochure from Wiltshire Farm foods, but im looking for ideas, so they could be from overseas too.

Jotavitch - 22 Sep 2018 21:52:24 (#9 of 19)

I'm also thinking not only on regular meals, delivered twice a week, but also catering for home / small office events, from a dinner party to a romantic meal for two.

Impedimenta - 22 Sep 2018 22:18:03 (#10 of 19)

Peacock - 28 Sep 2018 10:24:00 (#11 of 19)

Jota, did you manage to lose some weight? I remember your threads on Guardian Talk and your Cuban recipes

WibbleAgain - 28 Sep 2018 10:48:38 (#12 of 19)

Google "frozen meals" and "ready meals" you get the whole menu, from a gazillion companies.

foghorn - 28 Sep 2018 11:07:49 (#13 of 19)

I´m sometimes overwhelmed, often surprised, but there always seems to be a new niche for decent catering. People need food.

My kids uncle had quite a lot of success in Germany a few years back with fairly basic crowd pleasing ethnic or particular dietary needs ready meal catering until he basically lost interest.

He got a commercial kitchen together and mostly hired ladies who were often quite limited for employment options to make catering amounts of their regular thrifty but tasty home cooking weekday type meals for schools, workplaces, hospitals and so on. A lot of language and cultural fun. The Turkish community are quite large, but there were other minorities alongside the usual German style catering. It wasn´t high end, but perfectly decent and solved a headache economically for situations with a range of dietary requirements or rules to cater for. Those situations where you get what you are given.

He even got to shake some political hands and got a large cash award for his buisness contribution to integration.

Not sure about that in the UK right now, but the basic idea worked.

Peacock - 28 Sep 2018 11:11:09 (#14 of 19)

if im going ready made meals then Im going frozen and cheap. why bother with lux ready made meals, you can cook it yourself

WibbleAgain - 28 Sep 2018 11:36:41 (#15 of 19)

It's aimed at people who can afford lux prices but can't/won't cook, for all sorts of reasons. It's cheaper than hiring help, for starters.

There's one outfit in Oxford that aims at the easy dinner parties market, and you can order stuff in advance. A variation and competition for M&S which has a shop opposite.

HouseOfLametta - 28 Sep 2018 12:57:06 (#16 of 19)

This isn't very informative, but this is a little shop in Rock, Cornwall that (seems to) does its own ready meals. They are frozen in foil trays and a wow with people staying in posh holiday cottages.

In large part, ready meals have replaced meals on wheels. Wiltshire Farm Foods seem to sustain the coffin dodgers rounf here. It looks pretty decent to me.

Peacock - 28 Sep 2018 12:57:55 (#17 of 19)

that's useful Lammers for the holidays

HouseOfLametta - 28 Sep 2018 13:01:07 (#18 of 19)

It's good stuff, and feeding a family on holiday is ruinous.

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