Hello! Hello Fresh: Review
It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, but I’M BACK. Ok this time it’s not really travel related, but I wanted to share my first experience with a food delivery service. My inner foodie is actually really excited about this.
So I heard about this a months ago from a youtuber and thought the concept was absolutely fantastic. I really wanted to try it, but Hello Fresh wasn’t available in Canada yet so I just kinda let it go. Then a few weeks ago, I found out that Hello Fresh was FINALLY available in Canada and obviously I had to try it. For those of you who don’t know, Hello Fresh is kinda like a hybrid between a grocery and meal delivery service. You pick out meals/ recipes for the week and then they send you ALL the fresh ingredients you need (you just need salt, pepper and olive oil). It comes with the recipes and you cook it yourself! (https://www.hellofresh.ca)
My first delivery came today and I was super super excited. I’ve heard good things and really wanted to try it out. The box was delivered around noon and was literally a big Hello Fresh decorated cardboard box. (I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting it to come in, but yeah…) .
I ordered the option of 3 meals for 2 people (aka 6 meals for myself). This is generally $79 per week. I believe it gets cheaper if you order for more people. Unfortunately, I’m just feeding me, myself, and I.
This week I ordered the Charred Shrimp Skewers, Pan-Seared Chicken, and One-Pot Mexican Quinoa. The recipes for all three were right at the top of the box. Underneath were 3 more little boxes, each labelled with the recipe they were for. I guess this is where they package all the vegetables and seasonings etc for each meal.
Underneath the little boxes is basically a cooler where you’ll find ice packs and all the items that need to stay chilled. I found my chicken, the shrimp, and a can of beans. I am thoroughly impressed by the insulation of this box. 8Hrs later, these ice packs are still solid. Not quite sure what I’m supposed to do with them. This is probably a great thing for those who receive their delivery while they’re at work, or out for the day. I’d trust everything to stay fresh in that amount of time! I put everything into fridge once I got the box though.
So tonight I made Charred Shrimp Skewers with a Pineapple-Avocado Salsa. There was a little sticker on this box that said “make me first”. I assume the reason is that the shrimp is slightly more perishable than the other foods. I mean I’m not sure. Hello Fresh?? Give me an answer! LOL
Overall it was really easy. I probably made it all in about half an hour. Some things like the red onions came pre-chopped in a little bag and others needed to be cut myself (ie. Jalapeños & Avocados). It was all really straight forward. In addition to the recipe cards, I discovered Hello Fresh has an awesome app that has all the recipes and timers within all the recipes for things like “Bake for 3 minutes”. It’s really convenient actually. Of course, I’d still use your common sense and keep an eye on your food rather than depend on the timer – but that’s a general rule for cooking.
Now the real question. Was the food good?! I really enjoyed it! I had half for dinner (1 meal portion) and saved the rest for lunch tomorrow. I think I could probably have stretched this to three meals, but I had already put the shrimp on two skewers and didn’t feel like re-dividing everything. (Yeah I’m that lazy). My only issue was that the avocado wasn’t really anywhere near ripe. I don’t think me sticking it in the fridge helped at all. I opened up the quinoa box for later this week and took the avocado out of the fridge for that one – hopefully it’ll ripen up a bit before I get to that recipe.
The Final Verdict: I’ve only made one meal so far, but I LOVE it. With one person, I’m not entirely sure if this is necessarily cheaper than grocery shopping – but definitely a better deal than going out to buy every meal. I love to cook, but grocery shopping for one and not wasting absurd amounts of food is hard. I tend to throw out more than I eat, which is a large amount of money wasted. I find this might almost be comparable to if I did a weekly grocery trip. I also tend to struggle to drag groceries at home myself without a car. I also think it’s great because I can keep an eye on what’s going in my food. Even though the menu is pre-set, you can always modify a bit at home to make it to suit your preference and health needs (something you don’t get eating out). This does take a bit of work – so if you don’t enjoy cooking this probably isn’t the best idea for you. BUT, if you like to cook, like fresh food, and are a busy bee looking for a more convenient way to eat at home – TRY IT (See below for $50 off)
So far, it’s a win-win for me and so far nothing bad to say (minus the avocado) ! I can’t wait to try the rest of the week’s recipes! I’ll make sure to update.
If you wanna try Hello Fresh (https://www.hellofresh.ca). You can get $50 off your first box order with my code: X469UD . This makes your first week LESS THAN $5 A MEAL!! That’s literally such a bargain you CAN’T not try it. Their flexible subscription system means you can always opt out if you hate it! (I don’t think you’ll hate it ;))
(Also: Not a sponsor, but if Hello Fresh wants to sponsor me – I have no objections haha)