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Gousto review: Is it worth the cost?

Are you not particularly good in the kitchen? Or are you just struggling to come up with new ideas for meals? Then having recipe boxes sent straight to your door could be an ideal answer for you. Take a look at this Gousto review to see how it could have you cooking decent meals in no time.

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Gousto summary

Gousto offers a wide range of recipes and is great for vegans/vegetarians/meat-eaters alike. Price-wise, it’s more competitive compared to its rivals if you’re ordering a larger number of meals each week. It’s certainly a subscription worth trying.

– Pete Chatfield

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Quality of Ingredients
Choice of meals
Choice for restricted diets
Family-friendly meals
Value for money

Pros and cons:

✅ A large number of recipes
✅ Great for people with dietary restrictions
✅ Great introductory rate

❌ You can forget to change the meals each week
❌ Recipes are more suitable for adults

Gousto

3.5


Gousto

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 conveniently 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 preparing meals really doesn’t appeal. On the other hand, I love food.

So what’s the easiest way for me to cook delicious meals? Well, apart from ordering a takeaway and pretending I’ve cooked it myself, I’ve looked at using meal kits and subscription boxes. If you’ve never used one before, 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 voilà (as the French say) you have yourself some tasty food.

And the latest meal delivery service to come to my attention was Gousto.

What is Gousto?

Gousto is a recipe box company which allows you to select different meals every week. They will send you ingredients and cooking instructions to your door. They are suitable for between two and four people and the subscription can be paused or cancelled at any time.

Gousto is operated by SCA Investments Limited, a British company based in London that began in 2012. They started well and even appeared 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

Gousto ingredients


How does it work?

Once you’ve created your Gousto account, you’ll need to decide on how regularly you want to receive deliveries – either once per week, once per fortnight or monthly. However, unlike some subscriptions, you’re not obliged to make an order and you can delay having a meal kit delivered for as long as you like. You can skip deliveries just from the click of a button.

When a delivery is due, visit the Gousto website and select the meals you fancy. They change weekly, so you will need to update your choice each time.

Then, wait for your delivery and start cooking.

How much does a box cost?

Gousto box prices start at £24.99 for two people choosing two recipes – costing £6.25 per meal.

For four people with four recipes, a Gousto box is £47.85, decreasing the cost to £2.99 per meal.

It’s important to note that a few meals on the list come with an extra charge of between 50 pence and £2 per serving due to the ingredients. However, this is only around 10% of the meals.

There’s also the option to customise your food by swapping meat for free range or changing the types of sauces. Some of these changes are free and others come with an added cost – usually around 50 pence per serving.


Gousto box prices

2 people4 people
2 meals£24.99£31.75
3 meals£29.99£42.75
4 meals£34.99£47.85
5 meals£42.99N/A

On top of the above prices, you will also need to pay £3.99 for delivery.

Gousto recipes

In total, there are usually over 250 meals to choose from each month and they cover almost all dietary preferences. There are meals for meat eaters, vegetarian meals, vegan options, gluten-free choices and dairy-free meals.

There are even 10-minute meals on the menu for those short on time.

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Any healthy choices?

And if you’re on some sort of health kick, Gousto can help you. You should be able to find in the region of 20 healthy meals listed, many chosen by Joe Wicks. There are even calorie-controlled meals, which have under 600 calories.

So if you’re looking for help with weight loss, Gousto is certainly worth considering.

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 place of your choice.

The box was much smaller than I was expecting, but the food was well packaged and still cold thanks to all of the ice packs. I even received a free gift – a wooden spoon.

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 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!

Meals included:

  • Crispy Chilli Beef & Coriander Noodles
  • Chicken Tinga Tacos with Lime Mayo
  • Easy Lamb Biryani

All of the meals came with their own recipe cards.

Is Gousto any good?

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…

My Gousto meal
Yes, I am a terrible cook…


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 much time to chop some of the ingredients and so the beef was cooked for a little longer than it should have. 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 and I was very happy with how they turned out – both in looks and taste. And I’m sure more experienced cooks won’t have any issues

The best thing about Gousto boxes is the fact that the ingredients are all tightly measured. Not only is that great for portion control but it also means a lot less food waste compared to shopping for ingredients yourself.

Don’t forget the app

As a little tip, I would suggest downloading the Gousto app. It will send you notifications, such as when you need to select the meals for your next order. It can prove very useful.

The Gousto app


Is it easy to cancel?

If you’re like me, you’re probably unsure about signing up for a new service. The number of times I’ve taken out a subscription, only to find I just have to call a number and then spend 20 minutes of my life trying to justify why I no longer need it.

But cancelling Gousto is easy. Just the ‘My Gousto‘ page in your account and from there, you can either pause or cancel your subscription.

Gousto refer a friend

If you enjoy Gousto, then why not tell your friends about it? Just head to your account and find your unique referral code. If a friend uses it, they will receive a discount on their subscription and you’ll receive a £15 credit to your account.

My Gousto box review conclusion

Overall, I was really happy with my Gousto subscription. The food was good quality, I got to try new recipes and the price point was just about right.

Plus, the introductory offer was terrific value.

In terms of value, the 2 meals for 2 people are on the pricey side at just over £6 each. But you have to consider that you are getting fresh ingredients. As a family of 4 ordering 4 meals each week, you will struggle to get such good food for just under £3 per person, per meal if you were to shop in a supermarket.s.

But be warned, you really need to get your order in as early as possible. Meals will sell out, meaning you could end up missing out on your favourites.

Gousto discount code

If you’re a new customer and fancy trying out Gousto meal kits, then use my link below. You’ll get 60% off your first order and 30% off for your first month. You’ll soon be on your way to making delicious dishes and showing them off to your family.


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Gousto alternatives

If you’re not convinced by Gousto or you fancy joining even more meal kit companies, there are several alternatives for you to try.

HelloFresh is probably the closest to Gousto for price and service, but all of them give you good options when choosing new meals.


FAQs

What if I’m not in for my Gousto delivery?

The contents of your delivery are designed to stay fresh for the whole day, so there is no need for you to be in to transfer everything to the fridge straight away.

When is the new menu published?

Gousto brings out the new menu at 12 pm on a Tuesday.

Are there any meals for 1?

At the moment, Gousto does not offer any single meals.

Can you freeze the meals?

It is possible to freeze some of the meals, but it is limited. Remember, these meals are meant to be made and eaten with fresh ingredients.

What Courier does Gousto use?

Gousto uses Yodel to deliver their meal boxes.

Can you buy Gousto gift cards?

At the moment, Gousto doesn’t offer the option for you to buy gift cards to send to others.