Skeptical? Me too!
I’ll admit it. I was skeptical that I would know what to do once the first box of weird, misshapen fruits and vegetables arrived at my apartment door a few weeks ago. I am not what most people would call a “food guy.” I watched Ugly Delicious, I figured Bourdain was probably a good hang and I know when something tastes nice, but was I ready to prepare anything myself? That remained to be seen.
I subscribed to Misfits Markets because I hated walking into the co-op or grocery store and being overwhelmed by the unknown. African cucumber? Jicama? Hell, I’m just getting comfortable with Kale in my smoothies. I certainly wasn’t ready to buy any of this on my own. I jumped at the opportunity to use a service that was going to act as a concierge grocery store and expand my taste pallet. The fact that they promote eco-packing, and source their offerings directly from farms from around the country only added to my enthusiasm.
Recipes to match
My first box, the Mischief, arrived and just as advertised: the offerings were atypical. Granted, they weren’t as weird as I thought they might be. It wasn’t like they sent me orangish bananas and yellow grapefruits. Instead what I found was a bit misshapen, a tad over or undersized, and a little bit beat up. No big deal.
My logic was: once I cut them up or prepared them, what they looked like out of the box didn’t matter too much. Case and point: one of the offerings in my box was a gigantic zucchini. What the hell was I going to do with zucchini this size?
I went to google and found that Misfits Market runs a blog with recipes for a lot of their offerings so naturally, I used the Zucchini Feta Bread recipe. This recipe called for three cups of grated zucchini, so I got out a shredder and got to work. The concept was simple. Like banana bread, but with zucchini and more savory.
The good news is that with every item I pulled out of the box, I found a relatively simple recipe to match. From there, it was just plug-and-play. As long as my kitchen was stocked with the basic ingredients needed for cooking—salt, fat, acid, and heat (yep, watched that one too)— I was able to whip up quite a few delicious meals (and drinks!).
No more grocery store panic
The nice thing about using Misfits Market is that it takes some of the complications out of the grocery store. I am not even talking about the current complications of what mask to wear, how close to stand to someone else, and how often you should hand sanitizer while in the grocery store, but the more typical ones of What do I do with that?
I used to be the type of shopper who stuck to granny smith apples, maybe a half dozen bananas, a few potatoes, and the bags of lettuce that always seemed to be wilted by the time I got around to making a “salad” (greens + cheese + ranch dressing = salad, yes?). Misfits Market is doing something pretty cool: introducing me to new things and providing me with an opportunity to put them into my weekly diet. Scallions? Beets? Plums? Never had I ever. At least not until Misfits Market dropped them at my door.
The options are simple. You can either grab the Mischief which offers 10-13 lbs of fruits and vegetables for a week or the Madness, which offers 18-22 lbs. I went with the smaller offering because Misfits recommended it for two people and the larger option for four or more. I had no trouble getting through my entire box and by the time the second box arrived, I was ready to jump back in for more.
The results are in!
I’ve received nearly a month’s worth now and the only thing I am still trying to work out is what I am supposed to do with fennel. If you have any suggestions, let me know. I guess that goes for most things. I am just a guy, with a bunch of new fruits and vegetables (and the old standbys too!) looking for fun ways to eat healthier and help cut down on food waste.
I would recommend Misfits Market to anyone who finds themselves in a similar boat. You won’t regret it.