Unless you are living in another country (that's for my brother, Kel), you have most likely heard of Blue Apron. Blue Apron is a meal delivery service. Yep, you read that right - you can have meals delivered to your home weekly. Recently, a friend had some free "trials" to give away and I was able to get one so I thought I'd share the good, bad and ugly :-)
This was the final dinner. All in all, it was pretty good.
Now, here are my opinions:
1) Over all, Blue Apron does a great job with packaging, directions and overall ease of use of their product. The fact that you get all of the ingredients premeasured is a bonus.
2) They use a high quality of ingredients but not necessarily the best cuts. For example, for the BBQ chicken meal, it was boneless, skinless chicken thighs, not breasts. I personally find the boneless thighs kind of slimy (I like bone-in thighs but they are "dryer".
3) The price point is a killer. The two meals that we received "retail" at about $72.00. So that is two meals for a family of four. Blue Apron says you feed each person for about $8.99 a piece. Well, honestly, I can feed my whole family 3 times a day for $8.99 a piece, not just one meal. It is not designed for a family who lives on a super tight budget.
4) So would I ever use it again? I might at some point just for fun - maybe with a coupon :-)
Now, here's my little disclaimer. If Darryl and I were "DINKS" (Double Income, No Kids) I would totally take advantage of a program like this. In order meals for 2, you can get 4 meals for about $60.00. That would mean 4 meals totally ready to cook when I walk in the door and no shopping. (We'd eat out the other three HA!) I'd also use this if I was single. Why? Ordering 4 meals for 2 people means that I would either have 8 dinners or 4 dinners plus lunch the next day. Talk about making life easy!
Overall it was a good experience, it just doesn't fit into our budget or life right now.
You might notice I only talked about one meal. Well, the second meal sent to us was Salmon and Kale. Neither item is a food that either Darryl or I like so I didn't end up cooking it.