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#Review: Riverford Recipe Box

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 13-04-2015

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Riverford are well known for their vegetable box delivery service – we’ve had a few of them ourselves in our time – but they have recently started doing “Recipe Boxes” as well. Each box contains all the ingredients – save for the salt and pepper – that you need to create three meals for two or four people. You get all the vegetables, the meat where appropriate, the herbs, and anything else, all measured out and individually wrapped. There’s a choice of three box options – Original, Quick, and Vegetarian – and all promise tasty seasonal meals. We were sent the Quick box to try – the one I thought would be most appropriate for us. Three meals all ready in around 30 to 40 minutes with virtually no preparation apart from chopping a few vegetables. Sounded ideal to me.

The box we received contained the ingredients to make Baked Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Herb Ricotta, Lamb Steaks with Saute Potatoes, and Pork & Apple Sausages with Braised Vegetables. All sounded delicious to me and the box itself looked brilliant when it came. The packaging and organisation that went in to it was first class.

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There was a complete list of what you’d received in case anything had gone missing or you were unsure as to what something was, and details were included as to where to store things. All the meat and anything that needed to be chilled – in this case butter and some cheese – were stored in a reusable cool bag which, along with the box, can be returned to your driver upon his next delivery. Everything which arrived was in first class condition and looked as if it had been packed mere moments ago.

Conveniently for us this box arrived a few days before our seventh wedding anniversary. We had planned a takeaway to celebrate, but instead took the opportunity to make one of the meals. We have in fact made all three meals, but the one we had for our anniversary was the one I actually remembered to photograph – I will never make a very good food blogger… – and as luck would have it, our overall favourite.

Here are all the ingredients needed to make the Sausages with Braised Vegetables.

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As you can see everything comes fully weighed out for you, including the pots of butter and caraway seeds, and you even get sent a stock cube. I’m sure you’re all thinking those carrots look far too clean to come from a vegetable box but yes, I did wash them before taking their photograph. Everything looks beautifully fresh and is indeed seasonal.

Along with the ingredients are simple to follow recipe cards. There’s notes and information on the recipe, a list of equipment and utensils you may need – nothing too fancy, serving number and preparation times, and then step by step instructions. This recipe was completed with just eight steps, and to be fair they were incredibly simple and nothing more strenuous than occasionally stirring a pan. After about half an hour we served up the meal.

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Super easy to make, much healthier than the planned takeout, and, most importantly, delicious. Everything was beautifully cooked and seasoned, I used items which typically I would never have picked up in my weekly food shop, and it was, as described, quick.

Now these boxes start at £33 and that gets you three meals for two people. If you want to feed a family of four it goes up to £58. Its not a cheap way to eat, but as an occasional treat or even as a quirky gift for someone, I think its ideal. Its clearly not something that I’m going to be buying every week, but its something I would certainly consider once in a while, particularly for special occasions when we’d perhaps typically go out for a meal. The quality is incredibly high and the attention to detail is such that it makes your cooking experience easy, which is precisely what you’re looking for when buying a box like this. A definite success.

You can find more details on the Recipe Boxes as well as all the other box delivery options available via the Riverford website.

Product Review: Riverford Dairy Range

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 25-03-2012

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You’ll all remember my review of Riverford’s Vegetable Box at the end of last year. Fruit and Vegetable boxes are what Riverford are known for, but their impressive online store also boasts a huge range of meat, store cupboard items, bread, plants, and a large dairy range.

The Riverford farm is of course home to a dairy, and here is one of their lovely herd:

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The herd will be back out in their field now too – here’s last years video of them eager to get back into the great outdoors:

The team at Riverford sent me a selection of their dairy range to test out, and I must say it was all delicious!



Home-made scones (using the Riverford butter of course!) with Clotted Cream was a must. Double Cream spooned onto fresh strawberries was also enjoyed by everyone in our house. Little Man tucked into the Organic Milk with his cereal, and also enjoyed the Yogurt with fruit. As for the fudge, well that was rather popular with Daddy. Absolutely delicious melt in your mouth fudge, though I defy anyone to eat more than one piece at a time!!

If you fancy a trip to either the Farm & Dairy down in Sunny Devon, or organic milk farm up in Yorkshire you should enter the competition which is currently running on the Riverford website. The prize includes a visit to one of the two farms plus one night bed and breakfast for the winner and a guest.

Product Review: Riverford Medium Vegetable Box

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 16-12-2011

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If you follow me on Twitter (@SussexMummy) then you may recall a couple of weeks ago I was asking about the organic vegetable boxes you can get delivered by a variety of companies. Abel & Cole and Riverford are the main ones I’ve heard of so I was trying to gauge opinion on them both. I must admit that people are pretty much divided on who is the best! The person behind Riverford’s Twitter feed contacted me and offered to send me one of there’s to sample and review – now who would say no to that?

Riverford was born in Devon after Guy Watson began delivering vegetable boxes to around 30 of his local friends. Nowadays Riverford – with the help of its delivery team and its regional farmers – delivers approximately 40,000 boxes per week.  As well as providing delicious organic vegetable boxes, Riverford also offers fruit, meat, salad, milk, eggs, bread and all manner of food items direct to you front door.

Here’s the medium sized vegetable box we received:

A medium vegetable box is designed to feed 3-4 people and comes with 10 varieties of vegetable, generally always having potatoes, carrots and onions. The contents change with the seasons and the availability, and so the week we got a box we received potatoes, carrots, onions, vine tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, Jerusalem artichokes and leeks. Now there are two adults, one 1 year old, and two fat guinea pigs in our house and the box has lasted us two full weeks. Obviously how long it lasts will depend on your cooking style and the appetite of the people in your house.

The difference in taste and flavour of the vegetables from what I usually buy in my weekly supermarket shop was phenomenal. Something as simple and basic as a carrot tasted totally different. When I’m preparing vegetables for cooking I’m always snacking on it as I peel and chop. That one taste of a slice of raw carrot had me converted instantly. Whilst I still buy supermarket vegetables for my guinea pigs – they need a constant supply of green beans – I won’t buy it for the family any more. A fortnightly medium box will be getting delivered to me from now on. In fact only yesterday I placed my order for a box for next week – Christmas is going to be very tasty and healthy… kind of! The contents are already listed on the Riverford website and we’re getting parsnips, cabbage, sprouts and more.

With Riverford I know its organic and I know its fresh. With each delivery I get a leaflet telling me how to store my vegetables and some handy recipes using the contents of my box. What I loved about the recipes was that they don’t just include one vegetable, they include multiple to ensure you use up the contents of your box. The Riverford website is also bursting with more recipes. If you get anything you don’t recognise or know what to do with – I did get a bit stuck with my Jerusalem artichokes but thankfully Grandma was on hand to cook them for me – you can give them a ring and they’ll help you out.

Go to the Riverford website now to order your Christmas Vegetable Box – they come in a variety of sizes so you’re bound to find one that suits you and your families needs – or any other of their delicious produce.