Trying out Hello Fresh

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

I’ve been eyeing up the Hello Fresh subscription service for a while but at £34 a box (3 meals a week) it’s a bit out of my price range. They have recently started advertising an offer for 50% off the first two boxes that you purchase so I thought that I would give it a go!

The process is really easy, you pick and pay for the type of box that you would like to order (Classic, Rapid or Family). Once you’ve paid, you select your free delivery slot and choose the meals that you would like to make from the scheduled weekly menu.

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

The box arrived on the expected day and everything was packed into 3 paper bags (one for each meal) with a special ‘cooler bag’ for the items that need to be kept cool. Each bag was also colour coded to match the corresponding recipe card.

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

The first meal that I decided to test was the Pan fried tilapia with crushed new potatoes and tarragon sauce. The recipe was really easy to follow and included some reassuring tips on how to know if the tilapia was cooked (I’d not prepared it before). I found that the advised timings were realistic and once the food was made, it was really delicious.

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

My only criticism of this entire meal was that it was too salty. The recipe advises to add salt at a lot of different stages of the meal and as someone who eats a lot of salt, I’m happy to admit that I definitely over did it for this dish. However, I learned my lesson and used it a more sparingly for the subsequent recipes.

The following day, I made an amazing sweet potato and coconut dahl. James informed me that as he was walking home from work he could smell it cooking from 3 houses away because it was so fragrant.

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

James is not much of a cook. If he does make me food, stir fries or fajitas tend to be as extravagant as it gets but he actually made one of the recipes for me (the honey mustard chicken with braised vegetables) and it was glorious. We’ve had a go at successfully recreating it since because it was so good.

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

The highlight of the Hello Fresh boxes for me are definitely being able to just come home from work and start prepping everything that is in the paper bag for the evenings set meal. I’m quite a slow cook and I find that I stick to the timings on the recipe cards which means that I’m done cooking fairly early on.

I will forewarn those that don’t like to wash up that the recipes require quite a lot of equipment for cooking. For one recipe I used three different pans as well as all the utensils that you have to use along side the pans. This isn’t too much of an issue for me however and something that I’m happy to deal with for the sake of a tasty homemade meal.

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

This isn’t in anyway a sponsored post. Just the excitement of someone who loves food enjoying the the novelty of being able to order recipes and food that I wouldn’t have necessarily have otherwise made.

 

 

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