Have you heard of HelloFresh? It’s a new service like Blue Apron or others that mail you everything you need to make dinner. I’ll explain more, so read on for my experience and to get my full Hello Fresh review.
I learned about Hello Fresh in the grocery store. One of the employees at Fresh Market brought up when I was in line. She said she was making incredible dinners with the service. I hadn’t heard of them so I asked more. When I learned you can get a trial subscription for $40 off, I decided to try it.
Note: you can try it too for $40 off (and get me $20 off my next order) by going to www.HelloFresh.com and use the code ZY5GH9. Or, for a limited time, get 2 free meals. You would be a fool not to try it out!
How Hello Fresh Works.
1. You sign up.
2. You pick when you want your food delivered. You can pause or change it as needed. I had 3 days worth of meals delivered every Wednesday.
3. You choose which menu selections you want sent to you.
4. They send you a big box full of everything you need to make your meals. The box is enveloped in a giant insulated plastic bag and has ice packs in it. All of the meat is individually packaged and kept separate from the rest of the ingredients. The ingredients are sectioned into bags that have all you need to make the meal.
5. You unpack and refrigerate the ingredients.
6. Use the instruction book to prepare the recipes, using the ingredients. Most meals take 30-40 minutes from start to finish.
You know how on cooking shows it’s so easy because everything is pre-measured and ready to go? I felt like that using Hello Fresh. There isn’t any waste. No need to buy a whole bag of carrots if you only need two. They send you exactly what you need. This bag had 1 carrot, 1 red pepper, 1 lime, 1 avocado, 2 cloves of garlic, a small bag of sesame seeds and the spices or seasonings in small bags.
Here’s a look inside the box with all of the ice packs. You can reuse them or not, they’re actually pretty nice (and I love how they are branded with the Hello Fresh logo):
The first dish I made was shrimp with peppers and potatoes. Here are the directions. They are full of bright pictures and very easy to follow.
I was short on time so I skipped the potatoes and will make them another time. The poblano peppers were a bit strong so next time I’ll probably use less and cut them up more finely. The orange was so juicy and fresh. The shrimp were large and premium quality. They came in a sauce and were so good that next time I’m using them to make shrimp tacos.
You do have to chop the vegetables but again, everything is portioned out. Here’s my version:
The next dish I made was Wasabi Grilled Steak and it is my favorite so far. It was so unique and flavorful. The kitchen smelled AMAZING. Stephen came in and wanted to try it. He asked for seconds. I loved how it used avocado to make a sauce for the noodles. I might steal that for experimenting with a recipe another time and use a flat noodle. I love how they have a packet of sesame seeds and I just stuck it into my tupperware with my lunch and sprinkled it on top. It’s good hot or cold. I didn’t put any wasabi in, because it already has a lot of flavor. People in the office are asking about it because it smells so good. Too bad there isn’t enough to share….
I liked how the soy sauce came in a little plastic fish. You just remove the cap and squeeze it into the pan.
Next I’m making a chicken dish, and the chicken is in the refrigerator. It looks like this:
Overall, I highly recommend you try Hello Fresh. It’s affordable, especially on their trial deal. I paid $90 for A LOT of high quality food for 3 or more meals for 4 people (which means I got double of everything because each recipe is made for 2). Plus, I don’t have to buy ingredients just to try them that I might never use again. Hello Fresh’s ingredients are incredibly fresh, just like their name says. I would order Hello Fresh just for the ingredients alone! They’re better than I can get at the grocery store.
I love feeling like a chef. I love learning new cooking techniques. I like getting out of a rut with dinner. It’s like they turned my home into a high end restaurant.
Tip: After you order (right now anyway), they’ll let you send a free meal to 3 friends. That’s so generous and I suggest you take advantage of their offer to treat your friends.
If there are any drawbacks to Hello Fresh, it’s probably that so far my meals really aren’t kid-friendly. That’s ok, I just make them something like a cheese taco while we enjoy the gourmet food.
Cost of Hello Fresh
The cost is based on how many people are eating. If you do the basic plan then you get 3 meals in one box that will feed 2 people. The normal price is $69 but if you use the promo code ZY5GH9 you’ll get it for $29 which is a steal, because you can’t even eat out for that price for one meal. Even at the regular price it can be a good deal, depending on your family size, how much you eat and your food budget. It costs less than eating out but more than the type of meal you probably make at home. At regular price that breaks out into $23 per meal, or $11.50 per person. With the deal it’s $9.67 per meal, and $4.88 per person.
Here’s a screenshot, notice where it says, “Have a Promo code?” that’s where you click the + sign and put in ZY5GH9 to save $40. I’m not sure how long they will offer this so don’t wait.
Since I’m always trying to eat more real foods and less processed, and that I like trying out different flavors, it’s worth it. I would compare the food to shopping at a high end grocery store where you’d pay more.
If you go on vacation or have other plans, you can go into your account to pause your delivery. You can also change the day it’s delivered. A few days before your order you’ll get to choose your selections from a few options. They also have a vegetarian box.
That’s my Hello Fresh review. If you sign up, let me know what you think. Also, when you sign up wait for the email that lets you invite up to 3 friends to get a free meal.
Don’t forget to use the special code to save $40 off your first order. Go to www.HelloFresh.com and use code ZY5GH9.