37 Foods by Subscription

Thoughts about food and technology by computer geeks who love to cook

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October 30, 2006

Over on

today, I posted a list of

you can get in the mail every month with a subscription. More than half of these are foods. I’ve personally been a member of a fruit-of-the-month club and a chocolate-of-the-month club, and for a while we subscribed to the Illy a Casa program to get coffee delivered every month. My overall impression of these programs is that the quality and convenience tend to be quite good, though that the prices seem out of proportion, at least if you have decent local markets. Even so, who wouldn’t like getting cookies or wine in the mail every month?

Avocados:

Bacon:

Barbecue Sauce: ,

(Amazing Clubs),

(The Month Club Store),

(Delightful Deliveries)

Beef Jerky:

(The Month Club Store)

Beer:

(Clubs of America), , ,

(Amazing Clubs),

(Delightful Deliveries)

Cake:

(Amazing Clubs),

(Delightful Deliveries)

Candy:

Cheese:

(iGourmet),

Cheesecake:

(Amazing Clubs)

Chicken Soup:

Chocolate:

(Clubs of America),

(Amazing Clubs),

(Delightful Deliveries),

(Delightful Deliveries)

Coffee:

(Clubs of America),

(iGourmet),

(Illy),

(Amazing Clubs),

(Delightful Deliveries)

Cookies:

(Amazing Clubs),

(The Month Club Store),j // (Delightful Deliveries)

Desserts:

(Amazing Clubs)

Fruit:

(Clubs of America),

(Amazing Clubs),

(Delightful Deliveries)

Gourmet Foods:

Gourmet Meals:

(Amazing Clubs)

Hot Sauce:

(Amazing Clubs),

(The Month Club Store)

Ice Cream: ,

(Amazing Clubs)

Jelly Beans:

Jelly:

(The Month Club Store)

Lobster:

(Amazing Clubs)

Mustard:

(Mustard Museum),

(The Month Club Store)

Nuts:

(The Month Club Store)

Olive Oil:

(The Month Club Store)

Olives:

(The Month Club Store)

Organic Fruit:

(Delightful Deliveries)

Pasta:

(Amazing Clubs),

(The Month Club Store),

(Delightful Deliveries)

Pickles:

(The Month Club Store)

Pizza:

(Clubs of America)

Popcorn:

(The Month Club Store)

Potato Chips:

(The Month Club Store)

Salsa:

(iGourmet),

(The Month Club Store)

Soup:

(The Month Club Store)

Steak:

(Amazing Clubs),

(Omaha Steaks)

Tea:

(iGourmet),

(Adagio Teas),

(The Month Club Store), /// (Delightful Deliveries)

Wine:

(Clubs of America), ,

(Amazing Clubs),

(Delightful Deliveries)

Posted by Joe Kissell in ,

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said:

So the question is, if I subscribed at least one of each of these, could I manage to go a whole year without at least needing to go shopping? And how much would it cost, all told?

Oh, I’m sure I’d want to go shopping, as there’d be cooking staples and the like to get, and it might be hard to use the jelly without some bread or similar. Still, it sounds like a crazy experiment, and likely one that someone has already documented on a web page somewhere. Probably worth a Google search.

said:

Brian: Some of these are mighty expensive, though the rates sometimes depend on how many months you purchase your subscription for. But take the Lobster of the Month Club. Its cheapest rate is $89.95 per month, or $1079.40 per year! I don’t think I’ve ever spent $90 on (fresh/frozen) lobster in a single month. Some of the beer/wine clubs are up there in cost too. So in terms of money, it could turn out to be a costly experiment.

I suppose that you could wrangle things in such a way that you could actually live off (only) this stuff, at least if you got extra subscriptions to fruit and so on, but you’re still going to be mighty short on vegetables, and the diet would have an awful lot of fat, cholesterol, and carbs!

said:

I suppose, if I wanted to not die by the end, I could combine it with my CSA subscription (though that’s more of a weekly thing), so at least from spring through autumn I could be vaguely healthy and get some vegetation in.

No, this is probably not the quest for me, but it’s a fun thought in any case. Maybe if I got corporate sponsorship…no, no.

Erica said:

Do you know if any of these places deliver to Canada?

said:

Erica: I’m afraid I don’t know if these places deliver to Canada, but I’m somewhat doubtful. Between higher shipping costs, duties, and agricultural regulations, it might be more trouble than it’s worth to ship these sorts of things across the border.

said:

Great article. I would like to add a website that actually has over 30 different gourmet gift clubs ranging from the above mentioned salsa, tea, olive oil and BBQ sauce of the month clubs to clubs like soda of the month and Ketchup of the Month. Take a look at

to get a true look at a of the Month club website.

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