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Before I started this series, the only meal subscription service I could have named on the spot would have been Blue Apron. As a pioneer in the world of meal kit delivery, Blue Apron was a service I was excited to try. If you’re looking for a meal kit that offers diverse recipes that also teach you important cooking techniques, Blue Apron might be the kit for you.
Blue Apron Basics
- Blue Apron has 2 basic plans – the 2-Person Plan and the Family plan.
- The Two-Person Plan has the option of 2 to 3 meals per week and each meal is priced at $9.99 per serving. There are 8 recipes available to choose from and is the only Blue Apron plan with a vegetarian option. The average cost a 2-person box with 3 recipes is $59.94.
- The Family Plan (4 servings per meal) is offered with two to four meals per box but only 4 recipes to choose from. Each meal is priced at $8.99 per serving.
- You are free to skip deliveries whenever the need arises but cancellation does require emailing the customer service department.
- Blue Apron has an app for both iOs and Android.
- Each meal comes in a recyclable paper bag and each ingredient inside is labeled for ease. Meats are packaged separately and are shipped next to dry ice for freshness.
- Blue Apron boxes include a recipe card for each meal included.
The Taste Test
Baked Cajun Catfish with Marinated Persimmon & Collard Green Rice
Welcome to Flavortown!! I’ve never had persimmon and I’ve never been a fan of collard greens but I really enjoyed this dish. The sweetness of the persimmon marinade was the perfect foil to the spice of the catfish.
I did feel that the recipe cards are a bit less comprehensive than those of other subscription services. You’ll probably want to read through the directions a few times before beginning since sometimes the prep is not listed chronologically. Yours truly is not a huge fan of collard greens and, honestly, I quartered the amount that the recipe called for.
I still really loved this dish though. It’s definitely different than the recipes I would normally make myself but not so different that I had no idea what the ingredients were. I would definitely make this dish again!
Lumaca Rigata Pasta with Mushrooms & Collard Greens
This dish was one of the vegetarian options that are offered with the 2-person plan and I really enjoyed it.
I wouldn’t say this an especially amazing dish but it was good and it wasn’t as one-note as pasta dishes can often be. This dish also had collard greens but I again adjusted the amount and it went perfectly with the rest of the dish.
Chili Butter Steaks with Lemon-Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes
Simple but delicious–that’s what comes to mind when describing this meal. The chili butter is what really made this steak dish stand out. I’m not usually someone who adds butter to their steak but this was delicious. The chili can be added to taste and I was impressed at how deep a flavor it gave the steak.
I also really loved the addition of the lemon and parmesan to the roasted broccoli. Most of the recipes I’ve tried so far have just used salt and pepper as seasonings for roasted vegetables so it was nice to step out of the box a little and add more flavor.
This was definitely my favorite recipe of my box and I’ve already added it to my recipe book.
Overall Impression of Blue Apron
To be honest, I probably won’t be ordering from Blue Apron again even though I enjoyed two out of the three meals I received. The meal options each week are fairly limited compared to other boxes with the same price point and I felt that Blue Apron meals tended to take much longer to prepare than others I’d tried (about 40 minutes). I also wasn’t impressed with the inclusion of canned products in the boxes. For me, Home Chef and Hello Fresh are definitely better options for the money.
If you’d like to try out Blue Apron, check them out here.