Over the last few months, I’ve tried several food delivery services. Plated was my first, then I tried Blue Apron and my final service is Hello Fresh. I was given a discount code back when I ordered from Graze so I figured I would give it a try. Hello Fresh is very similar to the others. It’s a food delivery service that you sign up for a “membership” and they mail you ingredients and recipes that you have to cook. Like the other two, you can go online and cancel or pause the membership at any time and you can select the food that you want delivered. The pricing is comparable to the others as well. For $69, you can get 3 meals for 2 people per week.
Overall, I had a good experience with Hello Fresh. I thought the packaging was superior to Plated and Blue Apron. The recipe cards that were sent with the food were easy to follow and included nutritional info, including carbs which I appreciated. The recipe cards also included allergens, which I had not seen before. They also included a “level” of difficulty for preparing the food.
The three recipes I was sent were pork and Chinese eggplant stir-fry, chicken fajitas with homemade guacamole and pico de gallo, and seared steak and charred nectarine salad with feta, pecans and basil. The chicken fajitas with homemade guac and pico de gallo was probably one of my favorite meals for the mail order recipes companies. It was delicious! I wasn’t too crazy about the seared steak because there wasn’t a ton of flavor and we used all the nectarines they sent, which kind of overpowered the meal (there were a lot of nectarines!). The pork and Chinese eggplant stir-fry was nothing special. I actually make stir-fry on a pretty regular basis so it wasn’t anything too exciting or out of the ordinary for me. I like doing these food services to try new foods and branch out so this one was a little of the same so not quite worth the money (although I got a discount thanks to Graze!).
The ingredients were fresh but I admit I think I like the quality of Plated’s produce better. I also prefer Plated for variety in food and spiciness. All three companies were comparable in terms of preparation and cooking. I would put Hello Fresh right up in the top spot next to Plated but I didn’t like Hello Fresh’s subscription policy. I had ordered my first shipment to come on Wednesday. Because it was my first shipment, I didn’t pay too much attention to the next shipment and found out that I had to choose my food or cancel my shipment by the very next day! They didn’t send me any email notification saying they were going to charge me or that I couldn’t make changes to my order. Plated sends out an email several days in advance to let you know you have until a certain day to cancel or change what meals you are receiving. I appreciate the heads up from Plated. Because of Hello Fresh’s subscription model, I had to call them to cancel. I was going to call just to change what meals I was receiving but I was kind of frustrated that they didn’t give more of a heads up.
As long as you are aware of the subscription model for Hello Fresh, I would recommend them. I thought the packaging was superior to the other companies and the food was fresh. Plated has a slight edge in my eyes because of the freshness and originality and spiciness of their food but I LOVED my chicken fajitas from Hello Fresh so I would recommend both. Blue Apron was a distant third to me.
If you decide to give Hello Fresh a try, I would love if you used my referral code: XNKZWH *just make sure to select your food for the next shipment when your first shipment arrives! Also, I’m pretty sure this will be my last review of a food related service because I think my husband will kill me if I order too many more haha.