Hello Fresh is one of many meal box kits you can subscribe to. But is it worth it? My roommate and I decided to try it out the other day and here are my thoughts.
The pros of using Hello Fresh
They have different plans so you should be able to find something to suit your family's needs. In my case, I just wanted a few meals to share with my roommate so we went with their 2 meals for 2 people a week plan. We both have really different tastes when it comes to food and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find any meals that we would both like, but that wasn't the case. Choosing your meals is really easy too. And there isn't a meal you like that week, or if you just don't want a meal to be delivered (for instance, if you're not going to be home) you can just log into the website and tell them to skip that week.
They also do a great job at keeping your food ingredients cold so if you aren't home when the box comes, you don't have to worry about the food going bad. The box is insulated and has tons of ice packs in it. I wasn't home when I got my first box but all the ingredients were still nice and cool.
They also make sticking to a diet easy by giving you all the nutritional information for all their meals. I think that's really awesome. That means whether you're on a casual diet and just trying to lose a few pounds or if you're on a very strict diet due to serious health issues you can still use Hello Fresh. You don't have to make guesses about what you're eating. Each box comes with a card that tells you exactly what you need to know.
The recipes are amazing. The best part of Hello Fresh is the recipes themselves. Honestly, you could just go to the store and buy the ingredients but without the recipes, you wouldn't be able to turn them into amazing meals. So far all of the recipes we've tried have been absolutely delicious.
Hello Fresh exposes you to new foods and shows you different ways to use foods you're already used to and I think that's really cool. It's also introduced me to ingredients I've never heard of before. So using Hello Fresh is a lot of fun for that reason alone.
Okay, now that I've raved about how awesome it is, it's time to mention a few negatives. I mean, after all, nothing in life is perfect.
The cons of using Hello Fresh
It can be expensive. This might not be the case for you personally. It just depends on how much your family eats, how often you cook, etc. but you could buy a lot of the ingredients in these boxes for less at your local grocery store.
It can be time-consuming. I think a lot of people sign up for these plans thinking it will save them time but the thing is, it might save you time on shopping but you still have to do meal prep and cooking. Hello Fresh says most of their meals take about 30 minutes to make but I've noticed they aren't including prep time in that. With prep time it's probably anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Depending on how busy you are you honestly just might not have the time.
If you don't enjoy cooking then this isn't for you. This should be obvious, but with these kits, you really do have to cook. I've had to do things I've never done before like zesting a lemon and pulling leaves off of fresh thyme (which is harder than it sounds). So if doing every single little step isn't something you'd enjoy doing, you might want to pass on a meal subscription box.
But overall, I say give it a try. If you decide you don't like it it's really easy to cancel (you can just do it from their site, you don't have to talk to anyone). But so far I really enjoy it and I think you will too.