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Now you can eat airplane food at home, because why not

If you're one of those contrarians who insist they love airplane food even though it's gross, then rejoice: there's now a delivery service for you in Germany, weirdo.

Air Food One preps plane-style grub for you to eat of your own volition. No, really; an eight-week trial period is currently underway, with deliveries rolled out to Dusseldorf and Cologne. Diners have more variety to choose from than they ever would in the air (but less variety than, say, a sane person ordering takeout). And it's much cheaper than the cost of a plane ticket; at around $13 a meal, customers can take their pick from chicken, steak, fried cod, cannelloni, and other vegetarian alternatives.

Why anyone would do this, however, remains unclear. Because it's airplane food, after all, which ranks slightly above cafeteria food and convenience store burritos in the food pyramid.

Delivered on a weekly basis, the meals -- which company founders hope will appeal not only to ground-level aviation geeks, but busy business people and parents -- are stored in chilled containers, enabling recipients to heat their dinner whenever they please, so they're fresh to the taste. Well, as fresh as airplane food gets, anyway.

Strangely, even the company hawking these meals isn't totally sold on them.

"They're astonishingly OK", Max Thinius, a spokesman for Allyouneed.com told CNN. "I didn't think one could do such stuff that you heat and eat it, but it works", Thinius, who clearly hasn't heard of a Hungry-Man dinner, added.

As yet, it undetermined whether the retailer will continue providing Air Food One's faux plane food to the public. "If it will be successful we will of course expand, if it's not, we won't", Thinius said in a very logical statement. "There's a lot of things we have to test, not just if the meals are liked by the customers, but also the logistics". 

In other words: If you really want to eat airplane meals when you don't have to, get this canned food delivered while you still can.

Check out more of airline delicacies in photos below.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. If she had to choose between plane food or pizza, she would always pick pizza. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.