My Honest Review of Hello Fresh

I wasn’t originally going to write a review of this meal delivery service.  To be honest, the decision to order from Hello Fresh came from a)too much advertising on social media, b) watching one of my favorite YouTubers make several of their meals over the last few months, and c) a timely rut in my own meal planning process.  But my experience has been so interesting that I thought I would share.

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So, here are the pros and cons of using Hello Fresh:

Pros

  • They do what they say they will do.  Hello Fresh is a meal delivery service that sends recipes and measured ingredients for three to four dinners straight to your door.  The recipes really do take about 30 minutes to make, and they are pretty easy to follow (My cooking experience is that I know how to use basic kitchen tools and I can follow a recipe fairly well).  And everything is pretty much to measure for the recipe (if not, it makes it very clear you may have some left over).
  • Ordering online for the first time was very easy.  They automatically set up the meals to be sent in the first order, although you can go into your account and change your meal preferences.  I’m allergic to pork, so I opted for the no pork options.  You can manually also choose the meals you want to make, but be careful because you can override your preferences that way.
  • The packaging system is very effective.  It all came in a box, but each meal’s ingredients were divided into brown paper bags, except for the meats and frozen goods which were at the bottom of the box between two ice packs.  The ice packs stayed completely frozen for a few days (not that the food was still in the box).
  • The meals were filling and delicious, for the most part.  I came upon a snag with the last dish which I will get to in my next point, but my favorite was the Holsin Shrimp and Rice with Green Beans. 20180206_183800.jpgSecond would be the Southwestern Stuffed Peppers.  20180207_182414.jpgI didn’t get a picture of the third meal, Spinach Ricotta Ravioli with Chicken Sausage because I couldn’t make it as is, which I explain below.
  • Their customer service was most impressive.  That last meal was last because, unbeknownst to me, the Chicken Sausage was cased in pork casings.  When I ordered the meal, I didn’t see anything that would have indicated this, and even though it’s not a common allergy, I didn’t want others to order this and not realize that it did actually have pork in it.  I called Hello Fresh, and they recognized the issue and gave me a full one meal credit ($20) towards my next week of meals.

Cons

  • The price.  While I was very impressed with the customer service and quality and packaging, I can’t justify doing this on a weekly basis.  For three meals for Michael and me without discounts, it is normally $60.  The reason I was able to try this was the amazing $35 discount I received.  And I will probably try it again since I did get credit towards another week of meals, but our family budget for a week of groceries is about $100 (usually less) and that includes breakfasts, snacks, and five meals a week.  Spending 60% of our budget on these meals, no matter how good they are, is not feasible in the long run.
  • The selection of food allergies.  There are gluten, dairy, and nut free meals, but not enough in the Classic Box for three entire meals.  I don’t know if the Veggie or Family boxes are different.  And, as I experienced, you have to be careful with what you order and make sure it doesn’t have anything you aren’t able to eat.
  • Keeping up with the weeks.  If you don’t skip the week, the food will automatically come to you and you will be charged.  I tried to skip as many weeks into the future as I can, but I have a feeling that if I don’t keep up with it, it will eventually charge me.

While there are more pros than cons above, the price point is a huge factor for me.  This would be a great option to add more recipes to my collection maybe once a season when I eventually will get into a rut or want to try new recipes (by the way, you get to keep the recipes you try, so I now have at least two recipes I would definitely use again).  It’s definitely a treat and not something practical all the time.  Although, I will have to put in reminders to make sure I skip the weeks I don’t want.

If you want to try it for yourself, I have a discount code that can get you $40 off your first order by following this link.   I’m not sponsored or anything, they offer this kind of discount to anyone using their site.

Have you ever used a meal delivery service like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron?  Let me know your experience!

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10 thoughts on “My Honest Review of Hello Fresh

  1. Thanks for this review!

    I almost bought some Home Chef meals yesterday as I received a $35 credit after purchasing some concert tickets, but it didn’t seem that they would let me pick the actual meals… just check some boxes with ‘no shrimp’ or ‘no mushrooms’ and then it went to the payment, which I wasn’t comfortable putting in until I knew what I was getting.

    Also, I am a very picky person. But I am trying new things and okay with eating some things if I have to, even if I don’t love them. But I hate hate HATE onions. Does Hello Fresh have an option where you can choose to eliminate certain items or at least see the ingredients list before it has been sent?

    • Yes, when you click on a meal, you see all of the ingredients. I think there were onions in the meals I made, mostly green onions, but honestly, since you make the meal, you can leave it out if you wish.

  2. I tried Blue Apron a while back. The food was good but the cost was unreasonable. If you’re a couple living jna city where eating out is > $15/person/meal this might make sense, but it’s hard to justify when that’s not the situation. With a kid, it’s equally challenging because you can make meals for 2 or 4 and have not enough or too much. Recipes were tasty but not kid friendly. The ingredients were, at times, punctured and unusable. This sucks for meal planning, and them giving you a meal credit is really only refunding you for the runes meal without actually giving you money. You literally have to order another week and pay them to use the “credit”.

    Overall it didn’t fit budget or lifestyle and the often-damaged ingredients was a real dealbreaker.

    • I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with Blue Apron. I had considered trying them out next, though they are slightly more expensive than hello fresh. We don’t have kids in the home yet (I’m currently pregnant) so that didn’t factor into this experience. I do agree that on a weekly basis, this isn’t a feasible option, but really only intend to use it every once in a while when I’m in a rut and want to freshen up the menu with things I wouldn’t normally try. Hello Fresh does make space for this kind of choice since you can skip weeks, though you do have to keep up with it. I didn’t have the same experience with the ingredients, though. And I realize that it’s a credit going towards another week, but I wasn’t even expecting that in the first place, so it was a pleasant surprise for me and really the reason I ended up writing this review.

      • It sounds like Hello Fresh has better packaging, and I’m guessing in the 2 years or so since I tried Blue Apron they have improved.

        It is definitely most useful as a “sometimes” thing. Our meal rotation is pretty shallow, but now with a rotation of 3 kids 2 adults or only 2 adults getting the right amount of food seems challenging. I honestly think that a subscription recipe service that maybe comes in a monthly box with like… one unusual ingredient, or a small kitchen tool, etc. like the popular “box” subscriptions would be more appealing.

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