If you're unfamiliar with Blue Apron it's a meal service that sends you 3 meals / week. All of the ingredients come ready to go all you have to do is chop everything up and cook. Based on whether or not you eat meat, and what types of meat you eat there are some options when setting up your profile. The above photo will give you a good idea of how all of your ingredients arrive.
We left everything checked and get six options each week, three of which are always vegetarian, so if you want a meat dish you essentially don't get a choice. You pick a ship date and your items are delivered... we did this during the summer when it was extremely hot and thankfully didn't have any issues with our items not being kept cold.
While I'm on the subject of shipping we did end up having some major issues with our food arriving in a timely manner. The first couple of weeks went well-- then things started to get sketchy with the delivery as it switched to Lasership and our boxes were showing up at like 11pm even though Blue Apron listed that our food would arrive by 8pm. When your earliest ship date available is a Wednesday, and the food isn't coming until 11pm, that kind of means you're having to cook your meals over the weekend which is not what we wanted, and a big part of the reason we took a break from using the service. Depending on where you live the delivery dates may vary.
As for the actual meals, my husband was a bigger fan of the dishes, out of 21 meals there were only 2 that I liked enough to either recreate on our own, or choose again if they came up as another option. Interestingly enough both were vegetarian pasta dishes.
A lot of the meals were just so-so. Little things like a stir-fry recipe coming with chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts or being sent eggplants for like three weeks in a row. One of the meals had a sicilian eggplant caponata and it was hands down one of the worst tasting things I've ever tried in my life. Usually nothing was that bad-- just not amazingly delicious.
|the crispy catfish with sicilian eggplant caponata I mentioned-- this was also when I realized that I don't care for catfish-- it was at least edible, the caponata went into the trash after one bite!|
|L to R: lamb burgers with baked zucchini, chicken milanese with summer corn & cucumber salad; spiced meatballs with summer squash & garlic toast|
|summer bean & mushroom pasta with crispy shallot rings|
Overall, I would recommend Blue Apron to anyone who is interested in trying new things-- or not very picky when it comes to food... for anyone who doesn't like meal planning or grocery shopping... for anyone who wants to avoid food waste and not have to deal with buying large amounts of odd ingredients for just one dish.
After the shipping issues, and just not being too thrilled with any of the options we've skipped the last 5 weeks, but have another box coming at the end of this month. Have you ever tried Blue Apron or a similar service?