Have you heard of Blue Apron yet? Well, I hadn’t either, until my friend Kacie sent me a free week to try it out. Basically, Blue Apron is a company that delivers fresh meats, veggies, and other ingredients right to your doorstep, along with a recipe to make a healthy, unique dish. Pretty cool concept, right? So I tried out my first Blue Apron meal last night, and here are my thoughts…!
(1) First of all, the meal was delicious.
Inside the box were three meals that I had chosen online to have delivered (plus a giant ice pack to keep the meats cold). I chose to make the Crispy Fish Tacos with English Pea Guacamole & Pea Tip Salad. Mouthful, right? Literally.
(2) I learned some new stuff
One cool aspect of Blue Apron is that you’re exposed to new meats, veggies, and cooking techniques that you may not have otherwise used in the kitchen. Although I was a tad annoyed at first that I had to Google a bunch of things from the directions, (what is a pith? How do you matchstick a beet?) in retrospect, I think it’s kinda cool that I tried out a few new ingredients and learned some cooking terms from this experience.
(3) This is a great option for a family of two
If it’s just you and hubs, or maybe older parents with a little empty nest syndrome goin’ on, Blue Apron is an ideal option for you. The portion sizes aren’t huge, and it’s fun to try out unique dishes together, so I wouldn’t recommend it for a big family. Although, there are family options for 4, I’m not sure if I would enjoy the experience as much if I had kiddos running around or complaining about the funky ingredients in some of the dishes.
(4) The online community is awesome
Take your tablet into the kitchen with you while you cook, and research a little online before you make the dish. There’s tons of community forums with comments about the recipes, pictures, videos, techniques, and professional tips to help you cook the dish correctly. I had fun reading reviews and how other people altered the recipe or served it in a unique way. Plus, the step-by-step pictures helped immensely!
(5) The cost isn’t that bad
The subscription for Blue Apron costs $59/week, which includes 3 meals for two (it ends up being around 10 bucks per person per meal). At first glance, that may seem like a lot, but when you really break it down, it makes sense. All of the meals are healthy and under 700 calories, you take out the stress of having to plan meals and grocery shop, and it can truly be a fun bonding experience with your significant other to expose you to new, fresh foods! If you have this in your budget, I definitely recommend a subscription.
Blue Apron has earned 5 peppermints from me. I will definitely be a repeat customer.