What is it:HelloFresh
Boxes start at $79.99 (Pronto box: 3 dinners for two people) up to $129.00 (Family Box, 3 meals for four people). Go here
for more info on prices.
Chloe Tejada, Senior Living Editor
I'm not a strong cook so the fact that these ingredients come pre-measured and with easy-to-follow recipes that I've never tried before made me really excited.
The recipes were super simple and easy to understand so I was able to cook with ease. All the ingredients are pre-portioned so there's no waste and little measuring you have to do yourself.
The ingredients were fresh and the resulting meals were delicious. It's very convenient if you haven't done your grocery shopping and need a few meals to get you through the week, and the recipes are good inspiration for meals you may not have tried before.
Lastly, the recipes have nutritional information so you can see how many calories, fat, sodium, etc. you're consuming.
The main cons for me are the price (a box is almost the cost of a week's worth of groceries) and there are currently limited vegetarian options. (Out of the four meal choices you can pick for your three-meal box per week, only one meal is veg.) As someone who doesn't eat beef or pork, I couldn't eat one of the meals (steak) because of my eating habits, so someone who is vegetarian would not be able to eat all of these meals. You also can't ask them to remove certain ingredients from the boxes, so there's no flexibility there.
HelloFresh says allergy cards are clearly labeled and are compliant with industry standards. They also say that they maintain the same standards for declaring potential traces of allergens. However if you do have nut allergies, the packaging notes that the food is processed in a building that houses nut products, so proceed with some caution.
The other big con for me is that the boxes are only delivered Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. while you're probably at work, so the box will be left outside your home or with the concierge if you live in a condo. Meaning, meat can't be stored in a freezer until you get home, which leaves it vulnerable to going bad, especially on a hot day. While the box the food comes in does have several ice packs to keep meat cool as well as a thick liner (tailored depending on the weather), it doesn't replace a fridge. The box says "Keep refrigerated," and food and safety practitioners recommend storing meat in a freezer or fridge
until ready to use
I think HelloFresh is a really great idea for people who don't do a lot of grocery shopping but like cooking to an easy-to-follow recipe that doesn't take too much time. If you don't mind the cost, aren't a vegetarian (or have a meat restrictive diet), and can be home when the box is delivered, then it's a fun way to cook and try new meals.