I’m sure you’ve seen hundreds of blog posts written by people paid by Blue Apron to try the service and review it.
I am not one of those people.
In fact, last week I submitted my blog to have some advertisements on it so that I can earn some cash money for all this writing, and they basically were like “We’ll consider you once more than 4 people start reading it. Bye.”
I did however have a pretty sweet promo code for Blue Apron that resulted in 3 meals for 2 people delivered at a cost to me of only $9.80. I can handle that.
In case you’re wondering what Blue Apron is, it’s a food delivery service that sends you pre-measured ingredients with simple instructions so that you can cook at home without a trip to the grocery store. You have some level of flexibility in choosing the meals, and everything ships for free in a refrigerated box. The assumption is that you have olive oil, salt, and pepper. Everything else is provided.
Here’s what I got in my box:
Blackened Chicken with Zucchini Rice, Corn & Cherry Tomatoes
Korean Pork Tacos with Spicy Red Cabbage Slaw
Crispy Salmon with Orzo, Green Bean & Cucumber Salad
Everything is clearly labeled and nicely packaged. They give you one page handouts with the list of ingredients and the recipe instructions for each meal.
Here’s what I liked about it:
- The quality of the ingredients was high- I waited 3 days before making the first meal and everything was still fresh. The wild caught salmon was REALLY good.
- Some of the ingredients (like Gochujang) are things that I probably wouldn’t want to buy a whole container of, but it was good to try it in a context like this.
- For people who really need a sense of portion control, this is a good method. I thought the portion sizes were very appropriate.
- You can skip weeks any time. If you don’t like the meal selections offered or you’re going to be out of town or something, you just skip that week.
Here’s what I didn’t like about it:
- While the instructions are clear and easy to follow, they’re not always the most efficient. BUT to be fair, I’m always doing 17 things at once and I understand that the average person doesn’t operate that way in the kitchen. Especially someone using this to learn to cook.
- Some of the meal options are a little ridiculous. Do I need you to send me ingredients and instructions for grilled cheese? No. Also they say you have 6 options to choose from, but you can only do certain combinations. So you don’t really get to pick any 3.
- In my opinion, it’s still a little pricey. It’s normally $60 to get 3 meals for 2. So that’s $10 a meal, which is way more than you would actually spend if you got ya ass to the grocery store. Obviously you’re paying for the convenience of home delivery and everything being measured out for you, but I’m way too cheap.
It was really exciting to get the box and in the end I’m glad I tried it, but I definitely won’t be getting one every week. I think if you’re a tentative cook, if you need meal inspiration, or you just have more money than time, I highly recommend.
I promise I’ll go back to old fashioned cooking soon. I’m still getting acquainted with my new kitchen but I LOVE it. I also have some fun DIY projects to share! Stay tuned.
Maybe with my new genres of posts I’ll get up to a readership of 5! Fingers crossed.