Friday, December 20, 2013

Review: Hello Fresh

I had the opportunity to review a food delivery service from Hello Fresh through the Mosaic Review Team.   There are two types of boxes to choose from Classic (with meats) and Vegetarian.  You can pick either a 2 person or 4 person box.  They send the ingredients for 3 meals each week and with the Classic Box, there are 3 that are the "default" meals with 2 optional ones that you can trade for if you'd rather have them (you do this after you check out in the "my account" section).  

swapping meals 

You can also pause deliveries if you want (be sure to press the "save" button after you do this!)  You have to cancel your account if you don't want to continue or it will automatically continue. 

This is our experience:

The Fed Ex guys handed me this box at the end of the driveway while I waited for Andy's bus.  (They were driving a Budget Rental truck!)

The box is thickly insulated

All the meals are individually bagged and labeled

The freezer packs!

We unpacked the box at 4:00 pm. I put the freezer packs in a dishpan on the counter and they still had frozen spots until 9:00 am the next day!  That's 17 hours!!!  They are reusable, so I put them in the freezer to use later.  I wanted to see how long they would stay frozen if left in the shipping box.  I put them in the box at 4:00 pm on Wednesday (like a delivery) and put the box on the kitchen floor.  They were still slushy and cold at 5:00 pm on Friday!  I took the temperature in the box and it was 48°!  

Individually bagged and labeled for each meal:

Chile Dusted Shrimp with Corn Relish:

Steak and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry:

Roasted Pork Tenderloin (with Lemony Skillet Potatoes and Zucchini):

Our favorite meal was the Pork Tenderloin with potatoes and zucchini.  I found the recipes easy to follow and liked the step by step instructions.  It was convenient to get all the ingredients you need to prepare the meal (other than staples like Olive Oil and sugar).  It made it easy to know what to have for lunch and I didn't have to figure something out.  The 2 person Classic Box that we tried out costs $69 (which includes shipping).  I wouldn't be able to pay that much for 3 meals, but it may be okay for someone who doesn't want to get out to do shopping. 

I had to contact the customer service and they were very friendly and solved my issue quickly. 

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I checked at Meijer to see the prices of things that came in our box and this is what I found:
Chile dusted shrimp                $9.45
Steak and brussels sprouts     $4.07
Pork Tenderloin                      $4.87

I figured the price for just the amount of each thing that was actually used in the recipe.  It would be more to buy the whole container (since you can't buy just 2 Tablespoons of something!)

I received a 2 person, 3 meal box to try for free in exchange for my honest review.  No other form of compensation was received.

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1 comment:

Ed & Dottie said...

The shrimp meal doesn't sound too good to me. So it is quite a bit more costly to get the meals like this than going out & buying the stuff to make them. I guess for some one that doesn't like to shop it might be ok. But I like to shop so I'd not be interested in it.