Not much of a cook or are you struggling to come up with new ideas for meals? Then a meal kit could be the answer. Take a look at this Gousto review to see why I think it’s worthy of trying but it’s not the best out there.
I’m not ashamed to admit it – I’m a terrible cook. I would love to improve my culinary skills but time gets in the way. I work shifts and have 3 kids who attend various clubs (often around meal times) so I’m always rushing around. It also doesn’t help that I’m naturally lazy, so spending ages in the kitchen to prepare meals really doesn’t appeal. On the other hand, I love food which is never more evident when my daughters rub my belly and giggle.
So what’s the easiest way for me to cook a decent meal? Recently, I’ve been trying out meal kits. For those of you who don’t know, you choose which meals you fancy online, select a delivery date and all the ingredients and a recipe card are sent to you. Follow the recipe and you have yourself some tasty food.
Who is Gousto?
Gousto began in 2012 and made an appearance on Dragon’s Den the following year. Although the dragons didn’t invest, the company has gone from strength to strength. They are now aiming to be responsible for over 400 million meals in the UK by 2025
Taken from their site:
Gousto is a recipe box company. We make it simple to cook good food at home, delivering easy-to-follow recipes and perfectly measured ingredients, right to your door. No nasties, no waste, just good food all round.
Gousto offers either a 2 person meal box or a family box (suitable for 2 adults and 2-3 children). You can then choose how many meals you want for that week, ranging from between 2-4. There are a lot of recipes to choose from and almost all tastes catered for. If you don’t fancy buying a box or you’re going away for a couple of weeks, you can easily miss a couple of deliveries and restart when you need to.
The family box isn’t actually bad value. A family of 4 could buy 4 meals at a cost of £47.75. This works out at £2.98 per head.
As with any meal kit, you could always source the ingredients yourself for cheaper. Although I suppose the point is, you don’t have the time. There is also a little more packaging than I like when you receive the delivery. Unfortunately, this is necessary to keep the food cold and it’s not as bad as some of Gousto’s competitors.
Not all meals are included in your subscription cost. Selected meals will cost you around £4.99 extra, which would make quite a difference to your weekly cost.
And you really need to get your order in as early as possible. Meals will sell out, meaning you could end up with food you don’t really fancy.
My first box
The morning of my delivery day, I received an email giving me an hour timeslot. If you’re not going to be in, you can always arrange for them to leave it in a safe spot of your choice.
The box was much smaller than I was expecting, but the food was well packaged and still cold.
I checked the ingredients and was pleased to find nothing was missing, although a packet of ground coriander had burst open, so there was a covering on some of the food. Unlike HelloFresh, Gousto lump all the ingredients in together, so you have to spend some time sorting out which ingredient belongs to each meal. Fortunately it was all labelled, otherwise, I would have no idea!
Crispy Chilli Beef & Coriander Noodles
Chicken Tinga Tacos with Lime Mayo
Easy Lamb Biryani
The first meal I attempted was Crispy Chilli Beef. Now it may look burnt to you, but that is an issue with your screen. I can assure you that on any other computer, it looks perfect…
I struggled a little with this one. The recipe was fairly easy to follow, but I found the timings a little off. This meant I didn’t have enough time to chop some of the ingredients and so the beef was cooked for a little longer than it should. It wasn’t burnt, Okay? Some of these bits could have been done beforehand and I wouldn’t have struggled so much.
Despite the mishap, the food actually tasted quite good.
The other meals were slightly easier to follow, but it probably helped that I had made Lamb Biryani before with HelloFresh.
My Gousto review conclusion
The ingredients were fresh and the recipes were also quite easy to follow. The half price trial was very good value too. The food tasted good, but not quite at the same level as HelloFresh. On the other hand, it was much better value.
Another benefit to Gousto was that it taught me some new cooking techniques and I tried some ingredients that I had never heard of!
Will I be ordering another box?
I will and I did. When I went to cancel my subscription, I was offered another box for half-price. It would have been rude not to. Unfortunately, as much as I liked the food, I can’t justify the cost of continuing the subscription at full-price. It’s a great option for the odd week here-or-there, but it’s not a long-term option for me. I think meal boxes are aimed at more affluent people with very busy schedules.
Gousto or HelloFresh?
If I had to choose, I would go with HelloFresh. Although more expensive, I thought the food was tastier and the recipe easier to follow.
If reading my Gousto review convinces you to give it a try, click on the banner below for a discount on your first order. Alternatively, take a look at my HelloFresh review.