Are you not particularly good in the kitchen? Or are you just struggling to come up with new ideas for meals? Then a meal kit 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.
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 to prepare meals really doesn’t appeal. On the other hand, I love food.
So what’s the easiest way for me to cook a decent meal? 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 kit to come to my attention was Gousto.
Who is Gousto?
Gousto is operated by SCA Investments Limited, a British company based in London that began in 2012. They started well and even 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.
How much does Gousto cost?
Prices start at £24.99 for 2 people choosing 2 recipes – costing £6.25 per meal.
For 4 people with 4 recipes, Gousto costs £47.75, taking the cost down to just under £3 per meal, per person.
It’s important to note that there are a few meals on the list that charge an extra £1.75 per serving. However, there aren’t many and most of the food is included in the price.
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And you’ll be pleased to hear that Gousto delivery is free.
So, is Gousto a subscription?
Technically, yes. However, you’re not obliged to make an order and you can keep delaying having a meal kit delivered for as long as you like.
Is Gousto 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.
If you consider yourself to be a fussy eater, there should be something there for you. In total there are usually over 60 meals to choose from, including plenty of vegetarian options and even meals that take just 10 minutes to cook.
Any healthy meals?
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 towards 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 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
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…
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.
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 £15 credit to your account.
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 a little cheaper, so I was to accept that.
Another benefit to Gousto was that it taught me some new cooking techniques and I tried some ingredients that I had never even heard of!
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.
The only real downside was the amount of packaging included in the delivery. Unfortunately, this is necessary to keep the food cold, although it’s not as bad as some of Gousto’s competitors.
Is Gousto cost-effective?
As with any meal kit, you could always source the ingredients yourself for cheaper. Although that’s not the real point of having the food delivered to you.
In terms of value, the 2 meals for 2 people is 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.
Will I be ordering another kit?
Certainly. I like to mix up my subscription boxes so when I went to cancel my subscription to Gousto, I was offered another box for half-price. It would have been rude not to. As I said, this is a great way to find new meals and improve your cooking skills.
Gousto discount code
If you fancy trying out the Gousto meal kits and showing off your cooking skills but are not sure you want to pay full price, then use my link below. You’ll get 50% off your first order and 30% off for your first month. You can’t say fairer than that!
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.
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.