I know that Blue Apron has been around for a while. If I were to guess I think they were one of the first meal delivery services. I remember first hearing about them probably 3 1/2 years ago. When I first heard about them I thought, who would EVER pay for that! Well, obviously I just did, but a lot of other people have because there are a few of these companies coming up now!
When I was on the website after I signed up for their services. I was disappointed in the number of meal options they had to choose from. I was getting 4 meals and they only provided 6 different meals. One of the meal options was Vegan. My husband loves his protein, so I knew that wasn’t an option! So that left me with 5 to pick from. The other delivery services I have used gave me at least I would say 8-10 options.
When I opened the box, I was again disappointed that the ingredients were just in the box. There was no separate packaging of the meals that I ordered. Again, I know it is not tough to separate the food (I do it when I go to the grocery store and plan my own meals), but when you pay a premium for these services, you kind of expect top notch service.
I will say I did appreciate the packaging of the proteins. I provided you a picture of them still in the box above. Each protein was packaged in their normal packaging, but the company went above and beyond and put each protein in an additional bag! WHAT?! I LOVED this aspect of it because I have had bad luck with HelloFresh and the meat packages have holes and getting blood everywhere on the bottom of the box. This was a big plus for me!
Also, Blue Apron, only required me to use my own oil for preparing the meals. The other services, HelloFresh and EveryPlate, made me use my own butter and oil. Blue Apron provided me a thing of butter and even an egg in it’s own carton! I don’t think HelloFresh has ever provided a meal that required an egg. The ingredients with Blue Apron were of a better quality I would say. They provided top notch cheese’s and protein cuts!
As for the meal preparations, it was very simple and straight forward. The recipes maybe had a few more steps and wording then the other companies. I liked how Blue Apron broke out the recipe and simply stated what you were doing, “Prepare Ingredients”, “Cook Chicken”. Then it would give you the step by step you needed to do to complete it. I did not always like how they would tell you to cover something since you it was completed to keep it warm. I usually prefer that each item be done at the same time so it is hot out of the oven.
The flavor of the food was good. I wouldn’t say it was “Wow! Amazing!”. I thought that some of it again was flavorless. It probably just needed more salt! Again, I felt though I was salting everything so much and was going to get swollen ankles after I was done!
For the price of the meals, I would say it was worth it if you can find a discount. I believe their cost per serving is more expensive than HelloFresh, around $9/serving. Some of the recipes were unique and not something I would normally try, but they were good. I would just say salt your food!