Sometimes, the grocery store is too far away, doesn’t have what you need or you just don’t feel like perusing aisles trying to get inspiration for meals. Perhaps you’re not a fan of meal kits because you want to express your food creativity, or you have too many dietary preferences that you can’t commit to a week full of meals. If you’ve ever found yourself in one of those situations, a specialty food subscription might be just what you need. You get high-quality ingredients that you love without limits on how you make them.
Cost varies on how you fill your shopping cart, free delivery over $100 (GTA) or $250 (rest of Southern Ontario)
We’ve all paid a little too much for a bag of frozen tilapia fillets. You know, the ones you have to defrost and they just look so bland and sad. If you’re over the frozen stuff and want fresh, never frozen seafood without paying an exorbitant price, check out Seafood Crate! You can shop for fresh seafood and then turn that purchase into a recurring subscription. They have everything from BC Snapper to lobster tails to carabineros (Google says it’s Chile’s national police force but in terms of seafood, they’re jumbo prawns)! They also have partnerships with Toronto’s own The Butcher Shop, so you can add fresh, quality meats to your order, and Chuck Hughes, who has a bunch of different sauces that you can enjoy with your seafood and meat!
Cost varies on household size and frequency, shipping is free
If you’re outside of Southern Ontario but would love some high-quality meats and seafood, truLOCAL might have your area covered. In addition to the meat and seafood basics, they also have pre-marinated cuts of meat like Korean BBQ short ribs, pre-made sausages and they even have grass-fed bone broth. They also have different sized boxes depending on the size of your household. The meats are frozen and your box will be packed with dry ice to ensure they stay frozen on their journey to you.
Starting at $50/month, shipping varies between $12 to $25
Just because you’re vegan or plant-based, doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the specialty food box action. The Very Good Butchers offer a few different subscription boxes of their very own vegan “meats” and even a “cheese” box by The Cultured Nut. Whether you’re a life-long vegan or someone who wants to dabble on being vegetarian for meatless Mondays but don’t want it to feel like they’re meatless, you can try their boxes that cover your needs for everything from BBQ season, charcuterie nights and even holiday roast needs.
Starting at $58.99/month, shipping is $9.99
Let’s be honest, keto grocery shopping can be a bit boring. Meat, fats, low carb greens and cauliflower. Lots of cauliflower. But hey, just because your local grocery store might not have exciting and specialty keto foods, doesn’t mean you have to suffer. This is where Keto4All comes in! Every month, you’ll receive keto pantry staples like coconut flour, keto ketchup and baking kits and more so you can experiment and have fun with different keto recipes and snacks.
Starting at $69.95/month, shipping varies depending on the weight of box
When you’re a cheese connoisseur, the cheese they sell at your local grocery store can seem a little bit #basic. If you want to tickle your palate and try out different gourmet cheeses, you can join Cheesy Place’s cheese club! 3 gourmet cheeses, some bonus items and pairing notes every month? Count us in! Oh, and don’t forget to check out our little article here that has some wine club subscriptions because what goes together better than peanut butter & jelly? Well, that’d be wine and cheese!
Starting at $24.99 for snack box, shipping if $9.99
If you’re looking for cured meats, as opposed to meat that fresh from the butcher, Carnivore Club gives you two options. The first is a Classic Box, which has 4 to 6 premium handcrafted cured meats. They’ll include items like salamis, prosciuttos and more! Their Snack Box is smaller than the Classic Box and has 4 to 6 snacks like jerky and meat sticks.
Starting at $35/month, shipping is free (except in remote parts of Canada)
For those of us whose brains know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but our bodies just won’t cooperate by getting up a little earlier to make a nutritious meal, there’s Oatbox. They have a few different kits you can get, which all include different amounts of yummy granola, oatmeal packets, and breakfast bars. Each month, you get different flavours so you’ll never be stuck having apple cinnamon oatmeal for months on end. They even have certified gluten-free kits for those who are gluten-intolerant or averse.
Starting at $6.75/cup, shipping is free
You can 50% off your first box with code SUPER50
We get it. Sometimes, you’re too busy to sit down and chew. For those days, why not try a smoothie chock full of nutrients? Or maybe you’re sick of throwing away kale and spinach that’s gone off because you started the week thinking you were going to stick to salads but Chinese food every night was just too hard to resist. For days that you’re not too busy to chew but still too busy to make your own meal, Revive also has oatmeal, antioxidant-rich acai bowls, and even pre-assembled salads you can add to your subscription.
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