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about Hello Fresh.

Week one!

Hello Fresh has a nice website & a nice mobile app too.  Ordering was easy and I was able to choose from 8 different meals.  For a first time order I was given $30 off so the final price for 3 meals (2 servings each) was $29.99, shipping included.  I’m single, so this is actually 6 meals for me.  I’ll be making the meals fresh on Saturday, Monday & Wednesday.  Then on Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday I’ll be able to report on how the meals hold up as left-overs.

I chose a Saturday delivery, which then tells me that FEDEX will deliver my meals between 8 am and 8 pm.  I was happy to see my FEDEX driver pulling into the driveway at 9:30 am.

The box weighed about 14 lbs, but a lot of that is from two huge icepacks that lined the bottom of the box.

The three meat packs were beneath the icepacks while three individual boxes were on top of them.  Each box contained all the other ingredients needed for one of the three meals I ordered.

I like the fact they’ve organized things this way, but I was a little disappointed at the lack of direction as to what should be refrigerated and what shouldn’t.  To be safe I put the entire box in the fridge, but removed obvious things like a can of corn.

My initial reaction to the included meats was that it seems a little skimpy.  I received three Italian sausages that seem half the size of what I’d get at the grocery store if I bought them there.  A pack of ground beef which is supposed to make two hamburgers looks barely larger than I’d typically make a single burger from.  Finally two chicken breasts again look barely larger than if I purchased a single one at the grocery store.

Having said that, I imagine my standard meal ranges well above what’s considered a single serving.  So perhaps the smaller portions are a good thing.

The three meals I’ve chosen for this week are a Melty Monterey Jack Burger with Red Onion Jam & Zucchini fries.  I’ll make this meal Sunday because I prefer the buns be as fresh as possible.

Next up I’ll be making Chicken Pineapple Quesadillas with Pico de Gallo & Southwest spices.  Last I’ll be having Penne Pasta with Sausage, Corn, & Zucchini.

The meals came with a nutrition card which is nice.  While my main purpose of ordering these meals is not for calorie counting, I do want to know that information.  All of the meals in my first box range from 660 to 840 calories per serving.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with the first meal!

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Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

about Meal Delivery Services.

In an effort to expand my dinner rotation from it’s current four meals (frozen pizza, hamburgers, fish sticks & chicken burgers) I’ve decided to try a meal delivery service.  Actually, I’ve decided to try them ALL.

I’m not quite sold yet on their value.  Ranging from $60 – $80 per week they seem kind of pricy to me considering it only covers one meal per day for six days for a single person.  But, they all offer great deals for the first purchase, typically 50% off.  At that price it’s worth a try.  It also gives me a great opportunity to try them all.

The first thing I’ve found is that if you’re going to do this you need to be very careful.  I’m putting my credit card info in every service and have to make sure I’ve skipped the weeks after the first delivery.  If I’m not careful I could wind up with a week where I get 10 deliveries of food!

Now the simple way to do it would be to cancel my plan once I get the first box, but I’m hoping one of these services will be worth keeping, so I prefer not to cancel just yet.  I’ve heard that they all offer the option of skipping weeks, and a few offer the chance to put the subscription on hold.  Hopefully the latter is true of most as that would be the easiest way to do this.

So my first endeavor was with Hello Fresh!  The next post will talk about them.