Well,我回顾蓝色围裙and didn’t really have any plans to review other meal plan/grocery delivery/whatever-you-call-these services.
But I keep getting an itch to try Hello Fresh out because it seems like I am flooded with people talking about it on Instagram and blogs. Especially fitness or health Instagrammers/bloggers, which especially piqued my interest since I didn’t find Blue Apron to be super healthy.
- These meals are FAST. I find that their time estimates on the recipes are actually a little longer than it takes me! (Though I am a super fast chopper.)
- There are so many healthy options. All of the meals that have been offered are at least fairly healthy. Maybe a little high in the white-processed-carb offerings, but all things considered, I think these meals are a great, balanced way to eat. And you can definitely choose healthier meals each week if you want.
- You don’t dirty many dishes at all! Cleanup is SUPER fast.
- The food is good. Simple as that. Not many of the recipes have been mind-blowing, but they’ve all been delicious.
- 没有食物垃圾 - 你得到你所需要的只是什么，你使用它。
- Easy to skip a week if you want.
- Instructions are written very well, for beginners or experienced cooks.
- I’m not a huge fan of the choices each week. I mean two things by that: (1) there’s a lot of repetition, both with the recipes themselves and the type of meals or ingredients (like, almost every single week has either a taco recipe or quesadilla recipe with pretty similar ingredients. Sometimes both in the same week.) and (2) I don’t find the vegetarian options very exciting.
- The recipes may be a littletoosimple for the money. (I feel like this is coming from a place of comparing Blue Apron to Hello Fresh, so I’ll just leave this for the next section.)
- Often the seafood meals include an up-charge. I already find the meals to be overpriced, so that really bothers me. Especially since there are some weeks when the only seafood option is something with an up-charge.
- This one will probably apply to every single meal delivery service out there, but I still have to write it: the packaging feels SO SO SO wasteful. Not just the packaging for each tiny portion of each ingredient (which is only a bit more than if you’re shopping at a store like TJ’s where food is packaged anyway), but the box it comes in. Holy cow, I feel a huge surge of guilt every time I take that out to the dumpster.
- Produce is not always very fresh.
Helpful note:After I wrote this, but before I finalized and published it, they announced that they’re adding three extra meals to choose from each week. I hope that will resolve some of my cons about the meal choices each week, but after flipping through the next few weeks of menus I still think my complaints apply.
BLUE APRON VS. HELLO FRESH
我觉得我比蓝围裙和你好新鲜了很多东西，让我喂新鲜的饭菜。但是，所有我比较归结为这个简单的区别：Blue Apron meals are elaborate and SO STINKING DELICIOUS, but too much work for three nights a week. Hello Fresh meals are ways simpler, way faster, but also not nearly as impressive.
Hello Fresh meals are WAY more realistic to cook on a weeknight, so I DO feel like I’m paying to make my life easier. But I also feel like the actual price-per-plate is too much because of that.关于这一点，我决定做一个实验，看看它要花多少钱，它需要多少时间，我买，让一个星期的新鲜你好饭菜我自己。我贴有我的想法有些Instagram的故事，在“博客”的亮点，下周将发布完整的想法和结果。
- Hello Fresh has a higher percentage of healthy options than Blue Apron.
- Both services did an awesome job making me branch out of my vegetable comfort zone. They had simple but really delicious veggies that I’ll keep in my repertoire. Even though I am such a foodie, I can still be a little nervous to try new vegetable dishes or new ways of preparing veggies. But I genuinely loved every single vegetable dish I had from both services.
- I said this above and it’s related to the main difference I noted, but it’s so drastic it bears repeating: Hello Fresh meals require a tiny fraction of the amount of cleanup as Blue Apron meals. Teeny tiny fraction.
THE BOTTOM LINE: