What A Crock Review - UPDATED Apr 2018
What A Crock is an innovative meal delivery service that allows you to stock up on its delicious, crock-pot-ready meals. What A Crock team does all the prep work for you, so all you have to do is place the meal into your slow cooker and enjoy it when it is done. This What A Crock review allows you to get acquainted with all aspects of this meal delivery service, from its rich menu and meal plans to the prices and ordering options.
How What A Crock Works
At What A Crock, meals are prepared using fresh, natural ingredients, trimmed, chopped, and browned by pro chefs and frozen fresh to preserve the flavors and nutrients. All the meals you receive are ready to go into the slow cooker so the effort you have to invest into making your meals is the same as in the case of frozen dinners, just with better, more delicious results.
You can decide between one-off orders and regular deliveries with one of its 4 meal plans. You can cook for 1-6 people and order 1-4 meals per week with its 3 pre-defined meal plans, create a unique meal plan of your own with its customizable Build A Box plan or order as many meals as you want with the single-order option.
What A Crock meals can be delivered to your home or you can pick them up yourself in one of the company’s stores if you happen to live nearby. Regardless of which ordering option you choose, you get to enjoy great flexibility. You can change your meal plan, skip a delivery or end your subscription whenever you wish.
What Makes What A Crock Different
What A Crock team has come up with a creative way to allow you to spend virtually no time in the kitchen and still enjoy a delicious, homemade meal, created with the help from professionals. It offers everything from entrées, soups, and sides to dips and desserts, so you get to find out what desserts made in a slow cooker look and taste like (awesome – if you ask us).
Apart from offering an abundance of meal choices, it also gives you plenty of room to customize your orders and adjust your deliveries to your schedule. You can order only once or as often as you want. You can also opt for a meal plan that suits your needs or create your own custom meal plan. You can order only a couple of meals or a whole bunch of them. You can have your meals delivered, stop by a store and just pick what you like or place an order and pick it up a day or two later, once it is ready. Plus, you get to save money by buying meal bundles or opting for meals that are currently on sale.
What A Crock also offers meals designed in accordance with different special diets. You can purchase vegetarian or vegan meals or you can choose from its selection of gluten-free dishes.
If you need a nice gift for someone and you need it fast, you can always opt for the What A Crock gift card. You can choose the value of the gift card, with the values ranging from $10 to $250, and purchase as many cards as you want at once.
Meals And Recipes
In this section of our What A Crock review, we will offer a more detailed view of the meal plans and the company’s menu, so you could get a better sense of what is waiting for you in the What A Crock kitchen. Let us start with the plans.
The 4 meal plans at your disposal differ in the number of servings per meal and the number of meals per week. The 1-Person plan allows you to receive 3 or 4 single-serving meals per week. The 2-3-People plan allows you to receive 2, 3 or 4 meals per week for 2 hungry people or 3 people with average appetites. The 4-6-People plan is designed for families and people who love throwing dinner parties. It brings you 1, 2, 3 or 4 meals per week with 4-6 servings per meal, depending on the appetite. The Build A Box plan lets you decide on everything from the number of meals and portions per meal you want to receive to the selection of meals in your order and the frequency of your deliveries.
Although the plans are referred to as weekly plans, they are not shipped weekly. With the 1-Person plan, the 2-3-Person plan including 2 or 3 meals per week, and the 4-6 Person plan including 1 meal per week, you get deliveries on a monthly basis. If you order 4 meals per week with the 2-3-Person plan or 2, 3 or 4 meals per week with the 4-6-Person plan, your orders are shipped bi-weekly. With the Build A Box, you can receive deliveries weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or bi-monthly.
If you opt for a one-off order, you have the whole menu at your disposal and you can decide which meals you want to cook and order as many portions of the same dish as you want. If you are not sure how many portions you need, the company offers a handy portions chart that allows you to easily figure out how many people you can feed with 1-4 portions of its meals.
When purchasing individual meals, you can take a look at the full menu or browse by categories. The categories include beef, chicken, pork, seafood, vegetarian and vegan, and gluten-free meals, as well as soups and sides, dips, desserts, and meals that are on sale. There are dozens upon dozens of meals at your disposal, so you can easily find something you want to try.
The company also offers particularly affordable weekly meal bundles, which include 5 dinners and an appetizer. You can order for 1-6 people. There are as many as 13 bundles at your disposal, designed with different special dietary needs, tastes, and occasions in mind.
We would like to emphasize that the menus differ depending on whether you are ordering online and having the meals shipped to you or you are picking up the meals at a store. At all times, you can view both the shipping menu and the selection meals available at each of the company’s stores.
In this section of our What A Crock review, we will take a look at its prices. Here is how much the meals cost, depending on the ordering option you choose. If you are purchasing meals individually, each meal comes at its own custom price. However, we can say that the price per portion ranges from just $3.99 to $12.99.
With the weekly bundles, the price depends on the number of people you want to cook for. The 1-Person bundles cost $7.85 per serving, the 2-3-People bundles cost $5.88 per serving, and the 4-6-Person bundles are the most affordable ones and cost $5.44 per serving.
As far as the meal plans are concerned, the prices depend on both the number of meals and the number of servings per meal. The 1-Person plan costs $27.49 per week if you are ordering 3 meals per week and $33.99 if you are ordering 4 meals per week. The price per week with the 2-3-People plan is $33.99 for 2 meals per week, $49.99 for 3 meals per week, and $64.99 for 4 meals per week. With the 4-6-People plan, the price per week is $33.99 for 1 meal per week, $64.99 for 2 meals per week, $94.99 for 3 meals per week, and $124.99 for 4 meals per week. With the Build A Box plan, the prices start at $58.99 per week.
As you can see, the more meals you order, the lower the price per serving, ranging from around $9 with the 1-Person plan including 3 meals per week to only $5.20 with the 4-6-People plan including 4 meals per week.
The states that fall within What A Crock’s standard shipping area include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. In these states, the minimum order is $40 and all orders over $99 come with free shipping.
The company also delivers to Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, and most of Minnesota, which belong to its extended shipping area. In these states, the minimum order is $99 and shipping is free on all orders over $199.
For other continental US states, there is no free shipping and the shipping rates may be incredibly high. What A Crock meals can be picked up at the company’s stores in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Booths Corner Farmers Market in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, and at Quakertown Farmers Market in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
If you are in a hurry, you can place your order online for in-store pickup. The orders are usually ready in just 20 minutes. At Fierce Nutrition in Ridley, Pennsylvania, you can place your order ahead of time and get a notification from the staff when the order is ready, usually in one or two days.
- Fresh, good-for-you ingredients
- Incredible range of meals
- All meals crock-pot-ready
- Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan meals
- Offers entrées, sides, soups, dips, and desserts
- Multiple ordering options
- Reasonable prices
- Free shipping only on orders over $99 or $199
- Minimum order
- Too steep shipping fees for states outside the company’s extended shipping area