How would you like to be able to create a variety of meals, using fresh ingredients that aren’t complicated to prepare? Then take a look at this HelloFresh review to see if it’s suitable for you.Let’s get a couple of things straight before I start my HelloFresh review. First of all, I hate cooking. I’m absolutely useless at it and really don’t have the patience. Second, I live off the same rubbish food. Whether it’s a takeaway or something that takes 15 minutes from the freezer, I’m not too bothered about how good it is for me, as long as it doesn’t take much effort.
As a father of 3, this is obviously a terrible example to be setting for my kids. So I decided to give HelloFresh a try. What did I have to lose? Well apart from money and effort.
Who is HelloFresh?
Based in Germany, they are a meal-kit company that sends fresh ingredients to your door every week. These ingredients are accompanied by some simple recipes so you can prepare some great tasting meals.
HelloFresh offers 3 types of meal box. The Classic Box has a wide range of recipes, the Family Box caters for all ages and the Rapid Box is aimed towards people that have under 20 minutes to cook. You can choose how many people you want to cook for (from 2-4) and how many nights you want to cook (3-5).
There are plenty of recipes which gives you a good chance to try something that you never considered eating before.
You don’t have to order every week. If there’s food you don’t like the look of, or you’re going to be away, you can skip an order.
This isn’t a cheap way to eat. As I’m sure you’re all aware, fresh ingredients aren’t cheap at the best of times and if they’re being sent to your door, this adds to the cost. A family of 4 could receive 4 meals a week at a cost of £63.99. This works out at £4 per head. It’s not a terrible price, but it would be far cheaper if you source the ingredients yourself.
And although there are plenty of recipes, there is a chance that some weeks, there will be nothing you really fancy.
My first box
The box was much bigger than I expected, but this was partly due to the fact that the chilled goods were wrapped so well to keep them at a decent temperature. Although I didn’t want my food going off, I also noticed that there was a tremendous waste of packaging.
Best before dates weren’t ideal either. My box arrived on a Thursday and contained 2 lots of hard cheese, both of which expired on the Saturday. This obviously gave me very little wiggle room of when I could cook.
And there was a small problem with the ingredients. I was supposed to receive a clove of garlic, but this was nowhere to be seen. Delving deeper into my box, I did find 2 boxes of tomato and garlic puree when there should have only been 1, so I guess this was where the mistake was made. This wasn’t a big issue as I’m not a fan of garlic, but it’s a little concerning that they got the ingredients wrong on my first box.
Tasty Chicken Wraps
Herby Sausage Bolognese
Were the meals easy to cook? Yes, is the simple answer. Preparation took about 15-20 minutes and roughly another 25 minutes to cook. There were a lot of ingredients that I would never have even considered, but it wasn’t complicated to do. Instructions were very clear, but unlike me, try to read through them before you start!
Unfortunately, they don’t teach you how to be artistic with your food. I may not have made it look good, but it’s not like I was going to share it with the world…
They do say that the proof is in the pudding, although not in this case as there isn’t any dessert. The meals tasted really good, even though they were cooked by me. Even food that I would try to avoid, such as spinach leaves, added great flavour.
My HelloFresh review conclusion
I do feel like I have achieved something. Even though almost everything was handed to me on a plate (not literally), I still had to put some effort in. I’ve tried some new food and the recipes have given me some good ideas to try in the future, which was the main reason for me taking out the trial.
And for anybody wondering how healthy the meals are, the 6 that I received ranged from 800-1200 calories each.
Will I be ordering another box?
Hell yeah! But that is because I forgot to update my account in time and they automatically sent me out another load of ingredients. Whoops.
I enjoyed the food and the change of ingredients, but I can’t really justify the amount it costs. Plus, I’m a little uncomfortable with the amount of packaging waste that comes with the delivery.
I think it’s certainly worth attempting the trial with HelloFresh, as the discount on your first order means it’s a decent value. It’s up to you to decide whether the convenience and variety are worth the cost of a continued subscription.
If you decide to try it out, I would love to hear how you get on and whether you continue your subscription.
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If trying new meals appeals to you, take a look at Gousto as an alternative.
Please note, that I have not been paid for this HelloFresh review and the service was paid for by myself. The banner does contain an affiliate link to HelloFresh.