After reading Victoria’s blog post and seeing a Gilt City voucher for it, I decided to give Blue Apron a try! Scott and I have been trying to cook at home more and expand our menu of about 15 dishes – mostly involving pasta and chicken, which can get old fast. Blue Apron delivers three meals to your door packaged with fresh ingredients and step by step directions to prepare them.
It’s $60 per week, which includes three meals – with enough to serve 2 people (we actually had enough left over for lunch the next day). This seemed expensive at first, but when you break it down its $10 per meal per person, which is cheaper (not to mention healthier) than our go-to take-out options. And with the Gilt City voucher, it was an even better deal.
All in all, it’s a neat concept, reasonably priced, pretty healthy, super convenient and the food was good. We learned how to cook with ingredients we’d never used before – I didn’t know tatsoi was even a thing, never mind how to cook it – and we had fun with it! We made Ginger Beef Stir Fry and Turkey Chili, and both were pretty tasty. I’ve made meals similar to both before but it was nice to incorporate different ingredients that I wouldn’t have considered before.
We only made two of the three meals because one was salmon and we’re not big seafood fans. This would be my main criticism. Each week, one of the meals (excluding the vegetarian options) is fish. It’d be great if they offered you the 6 options (3 veg, 2 meat, 1 fish) and you could select which 3 you want to be delivered – to offer some flexibility to those with allergies or those who are just picky like us 🙂
Although I’ll admit it was fun to see our neighbor’s reaction when I text him out of the blue “Do you want some raw salmon?”
Have you tried Blue Apron or similar services? What do you think?