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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

What is Misfits Market + My Honest Review

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Have you heard of Misfits Market? A reader had mentioned receiving her misfits box in one of my Facebook groups, so I asked for more information about it.  After reading what she had to say as well as researching online, I decided I would try it out.  I was very impressed by the company's mission and excited to hop on board so I signed up for my first box.

Before I continue with my review of the product, here is a brief history of how the company got its start.

Almost a billion people globally are either starving or malnourished.  Even more disturbing is that over $1 trillion worth of food is wasted annually, much of it not being sold only to rot in stores and warehouses, or being thrown out by farmers because the produce is "ugly", misshapen, or the wrong size.  Modern-day beauty standards for food create much of this unnecessary waste.  This ugly food could feed some of the starving population out there.

These shocking facts are what inspired Misfits Market to come up with a mission to help reduce food waste.


Misfits Market is a produce based box subscription, where food deemed to ugly to sell is instead packaged up and sent out to members, at a fraction of the cost you would pay at the grocery store!  All food is organic and comes from local farms. Their mission is to make healthy food not only affordable but to prevent it from being wasted.

I have been subscribing to Misfits Market for a month now on a bi-weekly plan.  I have received 2 boxes as of this writing with my third expected this coming Saturday.  I am already looking forward to receiving it!

The first box I ordered was the "mischief" (smaller) size, as I wasn't sure what to expect.  This starter box costs $19, comes with 10 to 12 pounds of organic mixed fruits and veggies, and retails around $35 - $40. It is the perfect size to serve 1 to 2 people for one week.

My first box did not take long to arrive.  I received notification of shipment and the package was at my doorstop the next day.  My kids excitedly helped me go through the contents of the well-packaged box.  Here is a picture of all we received that week:

Misfits Market Box 1   Misfits Market box contents


I was so impressed with the contents, much of which didn't look ugly to me one bit! Maybe I'm not as picky as "typical" shoppers but in all honesty I would have bought much of this at the supermarket.

I was probably most disappointed in the eggplant as it is my least favorite but my husband loves it.  I never buy eggplant, so it was probably his favorite thing to see in the box.  ๐Ÿคฃ

The cucumbers, oranges, avocados and green/orange peppers we snacked on throughout the week.  One day I used the limes to make fresh limeade. The yellow potatoes I used for dinner one night.  The sweet potatoes and beets I made homemade chips for a movie snack.

   

The two onions I peeled, cut up, and froze for future use.  The zucchini I used to make 6 loaves of bread.  The butternut squash I cut, boiled and scooped into a glass baking dish, adding butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  I then popped that in the freezer for a future side dish.

   

Finally that eggplant.  Well I Googled some recipes and found this Turkish Eggplant Casserole. My husband loved it and I will admit that I ate 1/4 of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

   

I was so happy with my first box that for my next delivery I upgraded to the larger "madness" box.  This larger size costs $34, comes with 18 to 20 pounds of organic mixed fruits and veggies, and retails around $65 - $70. It is the perfect size to serve 4 to 5 people for one week.

Again my kids and I excitedly opened this much larger box and were completely impressed by not only the quantity but the quality too!



Here is what we received in the madness box:

   

This time we had much more to go through, so I quickly got to work figuring out what I was going to do with everything!

The oranges (4), apples (6), cucumbers (8), and avocados (4) we snacked on throughout the week.  I used the limes (8) to make more limeade but this time after I squeezed out the juice I used each lime half to help me clean my kitchen sink and stove top.  The citric acid in the pulp is an excellent way to break down hard-to-scrub areas.  I used one head of cabbage and half the potatoes for corned beef & cabbage, which ended up perfect being so close to St. Patrick's Day.


The second cabbage I cooked, cut up and froze for a future side.  Not sure what to do with the 3 turnips, I peeled and cubed one then roasted it along with some cut up onion.  It was a very tasty mixture but I decided to save the rest to add later to a soup.


I also received 2 large bunches of kale.  When I posed the question to my Facebook page on what to do with kale, I received a number of great (and funny) responses!


One thing I decided to try was using it in a white bean soup. I happened to have a Jennie-O turkey burger leftover in the fridge that I cut up and added to the pot (substituting it for sausage as I didn't have any).  Then I added the fried onions & turnip, ripped up raw kale leaves, added a can of Bush's Beans White chili beans, a smaller carton of chicken broth, a can of Campbell's condensed cream of chicken soup and a can of skim milk.  I mixed everything together and cooked as a soup, which ended up being so delicious!


I also used half a bunch to make kale chips as suggested by a number of readers.  The remaining bunch I ripped up into pieces, then froze to use for future soups & stews.



I cut up the other 2 onions and 2 green peppers, then froze for future meals as well.  I diced one set to use for something like chili and then I sliced the other set to use for something like fried peppers and onions or fajitas.

There was a really nice size bag of brussel sprouts, which happens to be my daughter's favorite.  I ended up halving those, coating with olive oil, salt, pepper, and Parmesan, and roasting in the oven.  They were amazing!  I also received a good amount of mushrooms.  Half of the mushrooms I ended up using in a salad and the other half I made stuffed mushrooms with.

Oh almost forgot.  This time I received 2 eggplants.  Yay me. So again not knowing what to do with them, I cut both into thick slices, coated each in egg, then dipped in breadcrumbs.  I fried each slice until golden.  I then used half of the slices to make eggplant Parmesan.  The other half I froze, layering with wax paper in between each slice so they didn't stick.  My plan for those is to make eggplants sandwiches one night.  I also froze the eggplant Parmesan and that reminds me I promised I would make it for my hubby this week.  I have to make sure I do that! ๐Ÿ˜€

  


Misfits Market is a small Philadelphia-based operation that delivers to select regions in the Northeast (including my hometown of Buffalo, NY).  It is expanding its mission to even more states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire - how exciting!

Interested in trying out Misfits Market?! Well if you can't tell by now I highly recommend trying it out!  There's no obligation and you can cancel anytime.  There is even an option to skip delivery, if a particular week doesn't work out for whatever reason.  Like me, you can opt to get deliveries every other week.  I also chose a Friday delivery so that I can use the weekend to figure out what I'm going to do with the items I receive.  Many produce items freeze great, so that is always an option to keep in mind.  The prep work takes time, but I've been too excited to notice, turning on some music and getting to work with no issue.

Get started and join the misfit produce club!  ๐Ÿ˜Ž If you go through my referral link here, you will even save 25% on your first box!!!  Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. i loved this review - so detailed - you are creative and competent cook - who uses all your bounty - good work - i might try them - i used to belong to a CSA - and got burned out from the every week pick ups - so i like the every other week option.

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    1. Thank you so much Mary! I always wanted to try a CSA. I really like that the Misfits box is delivered right to me at a flat rate of $4.50 (either size box). So far this has been an affordable option for us and I like the flexibility of this program.

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