Happy Thursday you guys,
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anyone hungry and doesn´t know what to cook from time to time. Well as much as we love to cook sometimes we just don´t know what to make anymore and also shopping for groceries never was a great task and now with Covid it is even worse. So how convenient would be a service that delivers your weekly ingredients to your doorstep and all you have to do is cook, not even meassure the ingredients. That would be awesome am I right! I thought so too and went for it. I have known about Hello Fresh quite some time reading about it in an ad here and there but finally set up an account two months ago.
Hello Fresh is a meal-kit service that offers different meals every week. You can choose between three to five meals per week. We did three. I think this is a great amount cause on somedays we get take-out and other days we cook favorites. Three meals for 2 people is the smallest amount you can get. If you are a single household you would have plenty of leftovers to eat for lunch the next day.
I am ordering our meals over the app. It is very easy to navigate and there is not much you can do wrong. So subscribing to the service doesn´t mean you need to take their services every week. If you don´t like the menu or are out of town you can skip the weeks you don´t need food. We pay weekly so you don´t pay any money for the weeks you skip.
You can choose from every dish Hello Fresh offers for the week or you are putting in a filter like vegetarian, family friendly, low carb and express dish.
Sometimes a fresh produce isn´t available due to weather or traffic so they will notice you with an e-mail and exchange it for a similar item or give you some money back.
In conclusion the service is a great idea for everyone who hates grocery shopping, has no time to grocery shop, has not idea what to cook or who wants to try ususual dishes but not buy every little spice at a normal size. All the meals are pre-portioned so there won´t be any waste of food.
Delivery worked out very well so far. You can decide by yourself when your Hello Fresh order should arrive. We timed it for Monday and it always turned up on time. The perishable foods are cooled with ice packs and everything else is packed in several paper bags with all the ingredients you will need for the dish. The box itself is very sturdy so I don´t think the produce will be damaged ever.
Now let´s talk about the downsides. I think not being able to order single portions is a huge disadvantage for Hello Fresh because there are so many single households out there.
Another thing that has bothered me a lot is that you need so much dishes. For almost every menu you need an oven tray, a pot, a pan and several bowls for gravy, dressing or anything else. It is incredible how much dirty dishes are produced with the regular menus.
Overall it is very well priced and you would not save much or nothing at all by buying all the ingredients in store but if you order pasta dishes only I think the 40 Euro are too much for a week of prepped meals cause let´s be honest noodles itself almost cost nothing.
Despite everything I said I think we will definitely continue to use it. Not for every week but from time to time it is a nice change to get some fresh ideas and also life is busy enough sometimes there will be no time left to worry about cooking.
There is a discount code that will be valuable till the end of the year for Hello Fresh Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is fresh21 for 50 Euro off on your first month (10 Euro off, 10 Euro off, 5 Euro off, 5 Euro off).
Hopefully this was useful for you guys. If you have any questions left feel free to ask. See you.