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The Battle of Meal Delivery Services!

Those who know me well tend to describe me as the person who is “typically late” on the newest trends and happenings. So this year I’ve decided it’s time to catch up on everything that I’m supposedly “missing out” on. Case and point: Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. In short, these two companies offer weekly meal delivery service complete with step by step cooking instructions. For me, it was more about trying new recipes and being too lazy to go to the grocery store that prompted me to try it. Now originally I meant to try these two delivery services one at a time, but I had a blonde moment and accidentally had them both delivered on the same day! (Learn from my mistakes people). However, the good thing about having both boxes delivered at the same time was that I could test both of them and see which one, if either I would re-order again.

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Hello Fresh Boxes on top and Blue Apron Box on the bottom.

HELLO FRESH

The good: One of the best things about Hello Fresh that I found was the packaging! Since there are 3 recipes, they pack 3 individual boxes inside the bigger box so you know exactly what goes with what. Easy= a huge plus for me when I’m cooking. On top of that, when you are done cooking, clean up is super simple because you throw all of your trash back  in the little box that you had all of your ingredients in. Genius!! All the meals were super easy and tasted delicious, so I was a happy camper.

 

Here’s an idea of what the Hello Fresh Box looks like with instructions.

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My favorite part- the easy clean up!

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One of the Hello Fresh dinners I made. Salmon with couscous and vegetables.

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The bad: As much as I wanted to brag on Hello Fresh, I do have to be honest and say that they left out a key ingredient in one of my boxes. I was disappointed to have to go (read: send my husband) to the grocery store in order for me to complete the meal that I was already in the process of making. Another downside for me is price. The first box comes at an inexpensive $29 for 3 meals…so basically $10 a meal. However, after that it jumps to $70 for 3 meals. Oh, and be careful to “turn off” delivery after the first week if you don’t want it anymore or it will keep charging you.

 

BLUE APRON

The good: My first order from Blue Apron was FREE. Yes, as in ZERO dollars spent for 3 meals and all of the ingredients. Another plus about it was that it came with little things like butter that were already portioned out. I don’t typically keep butter in my fridge so it was nice to have that included. The biggest pro that I see for Blue Apron is the price. At only $59 for 3 meals, it is one of the most inexpensive delivery services I have seen.

One of the few times we’ve actually eaten at the dinner table instead of the couch!

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The bad: Blue Apron’s packaging was an OCD person’s NIGHTMARE compared to Hello Fresh. Luckily, my husband did the opening of the Blue Apron box while I was at work, but to make a long story short, the box just has all of the ingredients for all 3 meals thrown in together in no orderly fashion. This for me is enough to induce a semi-panic attack. So if you do decide to go with Blue Apron, prepare to spend some extra time sorting through the ingredients before you start cooking.

Blue Apron ingredients and recipe…much less organized than Hello Fresh.

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THE WINNER

All in all, my experiences with Hello Fresh and Blue Apron were positive. Both came with recipes that I wouldn’t normally try on my own, and the steps were easy to follow. My husband liked Blue Apron more because it was cheaper and he doesn’t care about the unorganized packaging, while I think that Hello Fresh is the best because of the convenient packaging and easy clean up. So I guess it’s a tie? I have a promo code for Hello Fresh but unfortunately I can’t find any for Blue Apron. I got my free Blue Apron meal from a friend who was a regular subscriber. Thanks Mal! 🙂

Hello Fresh Code for $40 off your first box: 73UFYB

Blue Apron Code: Find a friend who uses Blue Apron and ask them to give you free meals! 🙂