If you’ve been following along with my blog, you know that a couple of weeks ago I reviewed food subscription box Hello Fresh. This time around I’ve got another similar box, from a company called Blue Apron, so I figured I would bring you a Blue Apron review as well!
The way it works is pretty much the same. You pick out 3 meals per week that serve 2 people from a menu of about 6 options. They then mail you a box full of all the ingredients you need to make the dishes you picked out with recipes so you can cook them yourself.
When I first viewed the Blue Apron menu online I felt like the choices sounded better than what I had seen with Hello Fresh. I scheduled my box to be delivered on a Saturday of tech week for the play I’m in (if you’re not familiar with theater it’s the week before the show opens and you have dress rehearsals usually every night leading up to it). I was at the theater until almost midnight every night so not having to go out and do grocery shopping was an awesome perk, and I could still have a relatively healthy home cooked meal instead of just grabbing fast food.
Everything was decently packed, though I liked the packaging style of Hello Fresh better. While in that one everything had its own box and was separated very well by recipe, Blue Apron threw most of the things together so you had to sort it out. Not a huge deal, I just liked the way Hello Fresh did it better. And the items themselves were decent with Blue Apron, they just didn’t seem as super fresh. The garlic clove I got was bad enough that I just threw it away, but luckily garlic is one of those things I always have in the house.
The first meal I made was linguine with fennel. I’d never actually had fennel or worked with it before, but they had a good tutorial on their website of how to slice it. Everything in this recipe sounded like it would be really good and I love pasta, but somehow it just fell flat. The flavors didn’t seem very pronounced. You did get a decent serving size, but I have to say that my husband refused to even eat it after a couple of bites. Also, it felt like there was a lot involved in this recipe and I felt stressed after making it. So this was a bit of a letdown.
Luckily, the next meal totally made up for it! The shrimp sandwiches with saffron aioli were absolutely delicious and pretty easy to put together! My husband absolutely loved them and requested I make them again in the future.
The final meal we had was a Thai curry. We love curry and make it a lot, so this one wasn’t too different from others we had but still quite tasty. They gave you curry paste and said to put in as much as you wanted depending on your spiciness preference – problem was it went in at the beginning of the recipe so it was hard to know how much might be good! I put in a little more than half and it was almost too spicy for me but not quite, but at least I know for next time.
I’m not going to list all the pros and cons here this time, since it’s so similar to Hello Fresh you can look there if you want to know. But I will post some of the main differences we found between the two services. Keep in mind I only did a week with each.
Blue Apron vs. Hello Fresh
- Just from the weeks I tried, Blue Apron’s meal choices were more interesting to us
- Hello Fresh’s ingredients were better packaged and more fresh
- All of the Hello Fresh dishes were good, while Blue Apron’s week had a not so great one but a really awesome one
- At $60 per week, Blue Apron is cheaper
Based on that, I’d probably try Blue Apron again if I wanted to do a box like this for busy weeks just because they seemed to have better food choices and cost less money. But again, it’s not something I’ll be doing on a regular basis because I find the cost to be too high.
Have you tried Blue Apron or a similar service? What do you think?