So, I just had to give Blue Apron a try. I am always surprised to see how many bloggers, including plenty of food bloggers, rave about the service. But what finally made me pull the trigger and give it a shot was reading an article about how much happier people are when they pay for using time-saving services like meal deliveries (and plenty of others.)
Now you can tell from the title that it’s not for me, but I absolutely still think it is right for some people. So I figured I would do a little Blue Apron review with a pro-con list because I really DO have a lot of good things to say about the service. But my personal summary about why I am not a fan is at the bottom.
- Plans your meals for you!
- No food waste – you get only what you need and you use it up.
- No grocery shopping.
- Meals are DELICIOUS (my biggest pro – the food is SO good.)
- Easy to skip a week if you want.
- Servings are huge (could be a con if your self control is lacking 😉 but I almost always had enough leftovers for lunch the next day and loved that.)
- Easy and fun website so you can pick your meals and skip deliveries.
- Instructions are written very well, for beginners or experienced cooks.
- Great veggie recipes (and a good amount of veggies even in less healthy meals.)
- The packaging is stellar – everything is still super cold when I grab my box off the porch. And my first couple were delivered during 100+ degree heat (and I swear my porch gets the WORST afternoon heat.)
- It was surprisingly easy to make it work for pescetarian me + omnivore fiance. Most weeks I ordered one fish dish, one meat dish, and one vegetarian dish. Then I just swapped one serving of fish with one serving of meat for each meal, so I had fish with a dish that was meant for meat each week, and vice versa for Preston.
- Most recipes take between 30-60 minutes.
- You dirty SOOOO many dishes for each meal. Like so many.
- Produce is not always very fresh.
- There are some limitations on picking your meals for the week – once you make a selection or two, some “options” will black out and you can’t pick them. I could never get my top three choices and had to settle for a different choice.
- Price (it is not bad – some meals seem like a great price, some do not. Evens out to be just a little high IMO.)
- They don’t have very many options for dietary restrictions.
Why I am not a fan: I could analyze my pros and cons in a lengthy summary for y’all, but unless you really need a detailed explanation of my bullet points above, I doubt that will help anyone. The bottom line is these recipes are INVOLVED. They take sooooo much time and sooooo many dishes and I just don’t have the patience for three meals like that a week. You guys see my weeknight meals. Even the recipes I post here that I DON’T describe as weeknight meals are super quick and simple. At most they require some time chopping. But the weeks that I had my Blue Apron deliveries (and I tried it four times so I feel like I have a decent test pool) I honestly got really overwhelmed because cooking and cleaning took so much more time than I usually spend on it. So for me, that’s just a no go.
A tip if you’re still interested: If you have time for meal prep, I highly recommend prepping your meals. Pre-chop everything and mix up whatever won’t spoil when you first get your shipment. I did that with my last shipment and it helped a TON. The cooking time went by so much faster. Cleanup still took a pretty long time because I honestly had like NINE containers of prepped food for the more intensive meals. But I don’t mind that as much when cooking doesn’t take long.
A final note:Blue Apron is releasing a cookbook. I would TOTALLY recommend it based on the meals I had. The food was fantastic and the instructions are written so that you time all the different components of your meal perfectly. I love that.
I hope y’all enjoyed my Blue Apron review! Let me know if you’ve tried the service and how it worked for you. Or if there’s another service that you prefer! Happy Tuesday, loves! xoxo