Crock-Pot Meals Review

Crockpot Meals Review

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Take the guesswork out of what is for dinner. Have CrockPot meals that are fully prepared and ready to simply dump and cook in your favorite slow cooker. No chopping, no mixing, and no grocery ...

# of Meals/Week

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Servings

4 Adults

# of Menu Options

11

Cost Per Serving

$6.24

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Crock-Pot Cuisine meals are flash-frozen dinner kits that are ready to be dropped into your own slow cooker at home. You can start them in the morning and have a delicious meal ready when the day is done. While they don’t have a ton of choices, they are quickly adding to their menu – and adding a new twist to home meal kits.

Crock-Pot offers frozen, ready-to-cook meals for your home’s slow cooker.



PROS:
  • Ready-to-Cook – No Prep Needed
  • Easy to Follow and Prepare
  • Easy Storage
CONS:
  • Not a Lot of Variety in Meals(ie: No Seasonal)
  • Meals Come Frozen - No "Fresh" Ingredients
  • No Special Diet Selections
  • No Instructions on Meal Kits
  • Final Results Not good


Meal Options: (Rating: 7/10)

The Good

Crock-Pot Meals Menu Options

There are some interesting meal options to choose from on the Crock-Pot site – giving you about 11 meal options. You can order as many as you would like each week. Because servings are a standard four to six servings per meal, you would just need to order more meals to get higher serving counts. You can choose one-time delivery or you can opt for a subscription of every two weeks or once a month for up to six months.

Crock-Pot Meals - Order Summary

You can review your past orders as well as check the status of your orders online – making reordering a breeze.

The Bad

There are no options for specialty diets (such as vegetarian or gluten-free). While they have 11 meals to choose from, these 11 don’t rotate or change out. Instead, you are stuck with these 11 options permanently (until they add more). Once you order your meals, you cannot switch them and there are no add-ons or extras.

Flexibility: (Rating: 9/10)

The Good

You can pick and choose from the 11 options and have them delivered as a one-time delivery or setup up auto-delivery to have them delivered every two weeks or every one, two, three, four, five, or six months. You can easily change the delivery date of all items on an upcoming order or change the delivery date of just one item in that order. You can also easily skip a shipment. You can cancel an auto-delivery order up until the time the order has processed – which will cancel all future deliveries.

The Bad

The only draw back is that meals can't be ordered for each week, only every two weeks, so you would have to order enough meals for two weeks at a time. Which with frozen meals, isn't really a big deal.

Food Variety: (Rating: 6/10)

The Good
When you look at the menu, you do have quite a good variety to choose from – such as lemon herb chicken, beef lasagna, Creole-style foods, etc.

The Bad

The recipes are extremely basic and they definitely don’t encourage experimentation. While they have awesome variety, there’s nothing unique or fun – they don’t give you a reason to branch out from the norm. Even though they are slow cooker meals, there is always room for experimentation.

You also are not getting “fresh” ingredients as you would with the other meal delivery kit services we've reviewed. These are your typical frozen slow cooker style meals, and you have the same 11 menu options to always choose from. There are no seasonal type meals to pick from and the menu options rarely change.

Nutrition/Quality: (Rating: 6/10)

The Good

Most of the meals come with a fairly reasonable calorie count – even some as low as 310 calories per serving. All of the meals from Crock-Pot are flash-frozen, so the vegetables and meats are frozen at their peak freshness.

The Bad

While everything is flash frozen, it turns to mush – so that sort of defeats the purpose and makes it difficult to tell just how “quality” the ingredients were prior to being frozen. Unfortunately, not all of the recipes have nutritional information on them – so you would have to wait until they arrive to find out the details. Also, because their serving sizes are extremely small, the low calorie count may not necessarily be true – since the average person is likely to double up on a serving.

Crock-Pot Meals Conflicting Nutrition

Unfortunately, Crock-Pot is not very clear about their nutritional information. When you first go to order, you will see an estimated servings per recipe (most being four servings per recipe). But, when you scroll down to read the actual nutritional label, they will have anywhere from four to 10 servings – not matching what they are advertised. So, in order to calculate out the calories and nutritional information, you would have to determine how many servings you actually get, then multiply that calorie information on the card. In some cases, it is impossible to figure out the average calorie count – and most of their recipes all seem to say 150 calories per serving, which is just impossible.

Cost: (Rating: 5/10)

The Good

Cost-wise, Crock-Pot does have one of the cheaper per serving prices and their meals all come at $24.99 per meal for four to six servings (serving count depends on recipe selected). Shipping is supposedly free after $49.

If you do pick recurring ordering, you will save 5% off the total, but you must have $70 worth of products for each shipment to get the free shipping. This is excessive considering most companies cost the same on a weekly basis with free shipping.

The Bad

When we actually went to order from Crock-Pot, we found that shipping discounts didn’t work. They claim to offer you free shipping on orders over $49, but it still attempted to charge us shipping. The only way we could get a free shipping discount was to look for a coupon code online. On their site, they say “exceptions apply” to their free shipping, but nowhere do they explain this. This is poor advertising on their part and something they need to fix.

While they do have a great per serving price, their recipes yield extremely small servings. So, you may end up doubling up on a recipe to get generous servings that will satisfy everyone. If you do that, the per serving price becomes excessive. Also, when you consider the quality of the meal, the per price serving (even at $4 to $6 per serving) becomes way too much.

Recipes: (Rating: 5/10)

See hour our tests of CrockPot Meals Recipes turned out!

The Good

Crock-Pot Meals - Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken Recipe Card

The recipes are extremely easy to follow. There is little prep (unless you count dropping food into a slow cooker excessive).

Crock-Pot Meals - Creole Ingredients

Most recipes just have you add water to the slow cooker and start it.

The Bad

Crock-Pot Meals - Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken Final

While the recipes sound good and the pictures look extremely appetizing, the final product is nothing like what they show online. We’re still trying to figure out how they have such good reviews on these recipes too – since all three recipes tested were bland, mushy and unappetizing. Out of all three recipes, there are none we would try again.

Packaging: (Rating: 9/10)

The Good

Crock-Pot Meals - Initial Box Open

Upon arrival, you will find that your Crock-Pot meals are packaged in a Styrofoam box. While they were stored on ice, the packages themselves were already frozen solid.

Crock-Pot Meals - Individual Meal Boxes

Each slow cooker meal is in its own box – with the instructions and labels on the outside of the box.

Crock-Pot Meals - Inside Boxes

Inside each meal kit you will find the packages for the meals – some have just one, others will have a few packages – depending on what the recipe entails.

The Bad

Crock-Pot Meals - Box Exterior

You wouldn’t know that these were from Crock-Pot. Unlike other dinner kits we have tested, there’s no branding information and the packaging is all Styrofoam – while most companies use cardboard exteriors with Styrofoam inside.

Shipping/Delivery: (Rating: 8/10)

The Good

You can have Crock-Pot Cuisine delivered every two weeks, or each one to six months, or just order freely and have it delivered as often as you like. If you order more than $49 worth of products, you are supposed to get free shipping – although we had issues with this working without an outside coupon code. Standard shipping on 2 meal kits runs $9.99.

They offer shipping in the summer and their site does not specify if they have any delivery limitations.

The Bad

While they claim you get free shipping on orders over $49, we cannot seem to figure out how. We tried multiple times by placing more than $49 in the cart and they kept attempting to charge us for shipping. Therefore, we are not sure if they truly offer free shipping. The only way we could get free shipping on our order was to find a coupon code. The only thing we can possibly think of is that the free shipping only applies on auto-ship orders, and not one-time shipments.

Gifting: (Rating: 0/10)

There are no gifting options at this time for the Crock-Pot meals. They don’t offer gift certificates or gift memberships.

Customer Service/Support: (Rating: 8/10)

The Good

Crock-Pot does have a robust customer service option – including email, chat and phone. You can contact them 24/7.

They also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and you can request a full refund or replacement as long as it is done so within 30 days of the original purchase.

The Bad

Crock-Pot’s customer service is shared with all Crock-Pot products – not just their ready to cook meals. Therefore, you may have long wait times, but also, you may deal with customer service reps unfamiliar with the products.

They have very little information online about their ready-to-cook meal program. This is disappointing. You cannot find information regarding shipping, meal selections, etc. They need to upgrade their information about this program and at least expand their limited FAQs section to address additional common questions customers are likely to have.


Crock-Pot Meals Pricing

Meals are priced at $24.99 per meal with four to six servings per Crock-Pot dish or about $4.17 to $6.24 per serving. Free shipping is offered on orders over $49.


  • Product
  • Specification
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Take the guesswork out of what is for dinner. Have CrockPot meals that are fully prepared and ready to simply dump and cook in your favorite slow cooker. No chopping, no mixing, and no grocery ...

# of Meals/Week

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Servings

4 Adults

# of Menu Options

11

Cost Per Serving

$6.24

Crock-Pot Mushy final meal Cockpot Meals CrockPot Savory Beef Stroganoff - in crockpot cooking Crock-Pot Creole Meal

Crock-Pot Meals Cooking Skills: Novice

There is little need for any cooking knowledge with these meals. About all you need to know is how to turn on a slow cooker (well, I guess you need to own one too), and then possibly measure and pour water. Other than that, these meals are ready to open, dump and cook.


Who Would Enjoy This Meal Delivery Kit?

Crock-Pot Cuisine is ideal for those that love slow cooked meals and want something quick and easy to prepare – with little to no prep work required. They are ideal for those that are also on a budget and want a meal kit delivery service with low per serving rates. Because you can order as many as you want to accommodate multiple servings, there are no limitations on how many people you can feed with this meals – except for the limitation of how much your slow cooker can hold.


Crock-Pot Meals Specifications

Specification

Pricing & Plans – Meal Kits

Average Price Per Serving: 4.17 to 6.25

# of Available Plans/Boxes: 1

# of Meals per Week

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

# of Servings

4 Adults

Types of Meals

Meal Options

You Pick Your Meals

Average Calorie Count per Recipe: Not Available

How Many Meals(Recipes) to choose from each week?: 11

Preview Recipes

Recipes

Provide Photos with Recipes

Cooking Skill Level

Novice

Gifting Options

Shipping

Offer Summer Shipping

Shipping Costs: $9.99

Customer Service

Live Chat

Phone Support

Email Support

Provide Return or Guarntee Policy

Special Perks or Access for Members?


What We Like About Crock-Pot Meals

Cheap Per Serving: Crock-Pot is extremely affordable – averaging about $6ish per person.

Easy to Follow: Literally there is little to do with Crock-Pot meals other than add them to the slow cooker. Unlike other home meal kits, you don’t have to prep or cook. This is great for those that want to just dump and go and have something ready when they get home.

Easy Storage: Crock-Pot Meals come quick-frozen and ready to throw into your freezer until you are ready to use them. So you can always have a meal box or two in your freezer ready to throw in the crock-pot for an easy meal.


What We Don't Like About Crock-Pot Meals

Crock-Pot Mushy final meal

Mushy, Bland Food: While we understand why they would freeze the meals – because most Crock-Pot meals are frozen, these ones turned out extremely mushy (even on the shorter cooking times). They were unappetizing and worse, very bland. The descriptions make them sound appetizing and flavorful, but the final result is nothing like the picture. We don't know how you would freeze already cooked noodles, thaw them, and recook them and have them turn out anything but a mushy mess – which is exactly what ours did! We actually threw this entire meal out as it was totally unedible.

Stingy Serving Sizes: Compared to other companies, Crock-Pot’s meals have very small serving sizes. Most companies we’ve tested say they are servings for two, but easily serve three. Crock-Pot, on the other hand, barely stretches to the serving amounts they claim. The meals that say they offer up to six servings definitely cannot accommodate six and the meals that they claim will feed up to four would only do so if you serve an additional food item with the meals.

Calories: We cannot guarantee or even specifically state what the calorie or nutritional information of these meals are – and Crock-Pot Cuisine probably cannot either. Their labels do not match up with the servings listed on the website and considering the labels on the site average 150 calories per serving, these are either extremely small (unrealistic servings) or inaccurate and repurposed data. Therefore, we don’t recommend using them as a calorie reference if you are in fact counting your calories.

“Free Shipping”: While Crock-Pot Cuisine claims to have free shipping, during our testing we could not get them to actually give us free shipping. If you order more than $49, you are supposed to receive free shipping, but their system automatically charges you shipping regardless of how much products you are ordering. So, we had to find a coupon code from a third-party site in order to actually receive free shipping.


Final Thoughts

Overall, Crock-Pot’s meals are extremely affordable – averaging about $6.24 per serving. But, because they have such poor flavor and the final product is nothing like the picture, we find it hard to recommend them to anyone at this time.



6.3 Total Score
Affordable, Quick and Easyu

If you're looking for fast, cheap per serving meals, Crock-Pot Meals can deliver just that each week. Each meal arrives frozen and is designed to simply dump and cook - and dinner is on the table just in time.

Meal Options
7
Flexibility
9
Food Variety
6
Nutrition/Quality
6
Cost
5
Recipes
5
Packaging
9
Shipping/Delivery
8
Gifting
0
Customer Service/Support
8
PROS
  • Ready-to-Cook – No Prep Needed
  • Easy to Follow and Prepare
  • Easy Storage
CONS
  • Not a Lot of Variety in Meals(ie: No Seasonal)
  • Meals Come Frozen - No "Fresh" Ingredients
  • No Special Diet Selections
  • No Instructions on Meal Kits
  • Final Results Not good




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Lynn is the founder and chief editor at ReVUEzzle.com. She is responsible for strategy and business development. Her background is in software development, marketing, and project management. She loves camping, traveling, and all things soccer related. She has been married for over 30 years to one great guy and has two adult children. Lynn is also the human companion to two cats – Jynx and Spanky. She is based in Minnesota, USA.

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