Blue Apron: A Review and Special Offer!
I was recently given the opportunity to try the Blue Apron meal delivery service – below is a recap of my experience and what I thought!
Have you ever tried a meal delivery service?
I had been seeing some folks talk about them on social media, so when Blue Apron approached me and asked if I’d like to give it a try, I was excited to see what it was all about. I was sent a box with two recipes – Roast Pork & Pan Sauce with Mashed Purple Potatoes & Sautéed Green Beans and Pan-Seared Chicken with Pesto-Dressed Squash & Fingerling Potatoes – with all of the ingredients needed for each, as well as recipe cards.
I’ve outlined the entire process, as well as my thoughts on the process, below. If you’ve been thinking about trying a service like this, be sure to read the whole way to the end – there’s a special promotion for Brown Eyed Bakers you’ll want to jump on!
The Plans & Menu
Blue Apron offers two separate plans – a 2-person plan (meals for two), which provides three meals per week, and a family plan (meals for four), which provides either two or four meals per week.
Once you begin the process, you can select dietary preferences to accept or decline meals with beef, pork, shellfish, lamb or fish. After everything is set up, you’ll receive a confirmation and you can see which meals are scheduled to be delivered to you. If there is something you don’t think you’ll like, you can go in and swap it out for another meal, a feature that I love. No unwelcome surprises!
In addition, you can view all of the Blue Apron recipes on their website, so if you can browse through them and read them in their entirety before you receive them.
Receiving Your Box
When I opened up my Blue Apron box, there was a thermal liner inside, housing all of the ingredients, packed further with ice packs. I was impressed that even in the middle of summer, everything was still nice and cold inside of the box.
All of the ingredients were packaged in individual bags, with the little extras like creme fraiche, butter, Parmesan cheese, etc. in a little brown bag titled “knick knacks”.
I loved that everything was already portioned out and that the only things not included were salt, pepper and olive oil (which are always in stock in my kitchen, anyway).
When I unpacked the produce, the first thing I noticed was how well they had stood up to shipping. Sometimes my produce starts to go south within a couple of days of getting it home from the grocery store, so the fact that this was shipped and sat in my refrigerator for three days before I was able to cook it speaks volume to the freshness and great packaging/shipping protocol that is followed. Everything was still bright and fresh when I was ready to cook!
The first meal I chose to make from Blue Apron was Roast Pork & Pan Sauce with Mashed Purple Potatoes & Sautéed Green Beans. I am admittedly ambivalent about most pork dishes that aren’t pulled pork, bacon or sausage, and I’ve never been a big fan of green beans, so I was looking forward to trying a new preparation.
Plus, look at those purple potatoes! I wanted to whip them up immediately!
There wasn’t much that needed to be done in the way of prep – trim and rinse the green beans, rinse the chives, mince the garlic (I used my garlic press), and wash and cube the potatoes.
This was a very simple meal to put together, made even easier by the extremely detailed instructions on the recipe card that accompanied the food. It spelled out, for example, that you should prep some of the produce while the pork was searing, to maximize time savings.
The only place that I veered from the recipe was that the recipe instructed roasting the pork to a medium temperature; since I’m pregnant, I cook all of my meat until well-done.
The result was an utterly fantastic meal. My husband and I both agreed that it was delicious, although he would have definitely preferred to have his pork cooked to medium and not well-done ;-)
Me, the hater of green beans, LOVED these! They were crisp and had tons of garlic flavor. I loved everything, and especially appreciated that it was a well-balanced meal with protein, a starch and vegetable, since I struggle with making those when left to my own devices.
I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to receiving a meal delivery service, so I had mediocre expectations, which were most definitely exceeded with my Blue Apron experience. The sign-up and meal selection process were easy, the food is sourced from small, family farms and was wonderfully fresh upon delivery, the recipe was easy to follow, and, most importantly, the resulting meal was delicious. I also liked that I had the exact amount of ingredients needed for the recipe, so no food was wasted.
I would absolutely do this again – it was an easy way to have a well-balanced meal ready to make, the food was fresh, and tasted great!
A Gift For You
If you’d like to give it a try, Blue Apron is offering the first 25 Brown Eyed Baker readers who sign up three free meals on your first order. To redeem, SIGN UP HERE.
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Blue Apron, but all opinions expressed above are my own.