This is an unsolicited review of Blue Apron meal delivery service. They have no idea who I am and I paid for this service on my own and am sharing my thoughts with you.
If you’re like us these days, you’re barely treading water. You know those weeks (months!) when life just seems to be whirling by? We are in them. And during these busy times, it’s hard to sit down and meal plan, much less actually go to a grocery store! And take-out is great during crunch time, but it gets old pretty fast and I do enjoy cooking as a way to unwind a bit after the hectic day, even if it means eating at nine o’clock at night.
Blue Apron’s meal service delivers all of the ingredients for three meals (2 servings each) along with the recipe and instructions. You don’t really get a say as to what the meals are, save for some options you choose when you sign up (vegetarian, eats fish/pork/beef, etc.). We tried this service for two weeks when even getting to the store was a seemingly impossible task and enjoyed cooking and eating 6 different meals.
Of course there were some hits and misses, but over all, we had a great experience. There’s something to be said for not having to worry at all about what you’re going to be eating for dinner. These meals come right to your door so you never even have to go out for that one thing you forgot while shopping. They have been great during this horrible winter weather too. And as a bonus, Derek cooked a couple of the meals for us and we cooked a couple together so it was a nice change of pace from me having to do all of the planning, shopping, and cooking.
How it works: you get a big box full of fresh (mostly) ingredients delivered to your door. The first week we got Shrimp Po’Boys, Orange Beef Lo Mein, and Chicken and Sage Biscuit Pot Pie. The po’boys and pot pie were excellent. The lo mein, was not our favorite, but it did include gai lan, a vegetable we never use at home that I will be sure to try again. By the time we got around to making the pot pie, the purple topped turnip had shriveled to nothing and one of the celery stalks was dried out as well. I just omitted both and the recipe turned out just fine.
The second week, we got Tilapia Meuniere, Crispy Chicken Thighs, and Lamb and Beef Shawarma. We really enjoyed the tilapia dish and the shawarma. The portions for this week’s meals were a little on the light side for us and the only bit of produce that didn’t last was a cucumber for the shawarma. These recipes were also a bit more involved that the previous week, but not too difficult. Although a couple of them required more than 2 pots/pans, which makes clean-up a bit of a chore.
Some final thoughts: We loved trying new recipes and cooking with unfamiliar ingredients. That and the convenience factor are a huge plus. The cost ($60 for 6 servings) seems steep, but it actually was pretty comparable for us eating out or grocery shopping (we have high grocery bills). Some negatives were that there were virtually no leftovers, which we like to take for lunch and some of the servings were skimpy for us big eaters. We also ran into some not-so-fresh ingredients, especially for recipes we made later in the week. It is also difficult to discern if the produce is organic or not. Certainly not a deal-breaker, but for the price, I want organic!
At the end of the day, this is not something we will do regularly, but it is a nice break during those crazy weeks we all go through. Signing up seems relatively simple, and I’m sure you can Google a discount code. It would also make for a nice gift for a newlywed couple or new homeowners. Happy cooking!