Blue Apron Review

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Blue Apron is a subscription program that has been a symbol of lifelong learning to cook. This subscription program works a little different from traditional subscription programs. Blue Apron offers a once a week subscription service where they will deliver fresh ingredients to make three meals a week. Each box comes with the right proportions to make delicious meals for your family. You have two options to choose from when you sign up. You can choose between poultry, meat and fish or vegetarian. In addition, you can see the menu for that week and decide if you want to order for that week or skip that week.

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How the subscription service works

  • Select the type of plan you want and the number of people
  • Delivery is free, and we deliver the same day each week
  • There’s no commitment: you can cancel anytime before the weekly cutoff
  • Stick with us long enough and you’ll get additional free goodies in the mail!

 

With each delivery, you get enough fresh raw ingredients in the correct proportions and beautiful recipe cards with directions on how to create your meals. If you continue to order long enough you just may get a surprise in the mail. All of Blue Aprons dishes are designed to be healthy and great tasting. A serving is around 500-700 calories. The only ingredients you will need at home are salt, pepper and oil. Blue Apron will provide all other ingredients for you.

I had the opportunity to review three meals for one week. I chose the poultry, meat and fish option. Above is pictures of the vegetables and other ingredients I received. When you sign up you choose how many people it can be 2, 4 or 6 people and is $9.99 a person. I know that may seem very expensive but you do get all the fresh vegetables and seasoning to complete each meal. The three meals I had the opportunity to try were Seared Hanger Steak, Lemongrass Shrimp with Soba Noodles and Barbecue Cornish Game Hen. All three were surprisingly good.

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Seared Hanger Steak with Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes & Green Bean Salad.

Ingredients
  • 6 Ounces Green Beans
  • 6 Ounces Fingerling Potatoes
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 Small Bunch Rosemary
  • 1 Small Bunch Tarragon
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Hanger Steaks

 

You can find the complete recipe online at the Blue Apron blog along with additional recipes. If you want to cut the potatoes more than half you can it is really all up to the individual however they may cook quicker than you want them too if you do. I found that the potatoes cut in half for the amount of time the instructions said was perfect. I enjoyed this dinner and my husband did as well. I thought the hanger steak was tender and the flavor made my taste buds dance. I would eat this one dish again.

Lemongrass Shrimp with Soba Noodles & Chinese Broccoli

“Lemongrass is an ancient herb from Southeast Asia used for a variety of purposes the world over. Interestingly, it repels most insects but attracts bees, and is known throughout the Philippines and Indonesia as a beekeeper’s friend. In this recipe, the bright citrusy notes of this exotic herb pair beautifully with shrimp and buckwheat soba noodles.” (Blue Apron, 2013)

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Ingredients
  • 3 Scallions
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Stalks Lemongrass
  • 1-Inch Piece Ginger
  • 5½ Ounces Soba Noodles
  • 10 Ounces Shrimp
  • 2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 6 Ounces Chinese Broccoli
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

 

At first, I was not sure how I would like this recipe, as I never tried Soba noodles before and not a huge fan of ginger. I love Chinese Broccoli and Shrimp so when I saw those two paired together in one recipe I was excited to try it. With the recipe I followed the directions except I used a teaspoon of sesame oil instead of a tablespoon and it came out surprisingly well. I let all my kids try it and my older daughter loved it. In fact, everyone enjoyed it a lot. The Chinese Broccoli had a nice crunch and the Soba Noodles were not mushy like I originally thought they would be. Additionally, the Shrimp complimented the dish nicely.

 

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Barbecue Cornish Game Hen with Coleslaw & Sauteed Corn

Ingredients
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Ears Corn
  • 1 Large Bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • ½ Head Red Cabbage
  • 1 Cornish Game Hen, Split
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ Cup Barbecue Sauce

I have to be honest and say game hen is not my favorite. I am not a fond of game to begin with but I thought the Coleslaw was quite tasty. My husband thought it was good and this was the first time he has ever had Game Cornish Hen.

Final Verdict

I really enjoyed Blue Apron foods and found it rather exciting to try foods I never had before. I would call myself a simplistic cook, as I do not usually make meals that have a ton of steps. I do enjoy new recipes and often searching for something new to make so this was a great experience.

Blue Apron sent the food in a big box that was insulated and had ice packs to keep the food cold. You can choose from 4 delivery day options (Wednesday – Saturday) in every area we serve. Additional delivery windows, including evenings and delivery on Monday or Tuesday, are available in many places as well. When you sign up and enter your zip code, you’ll see which delivery windows are available in your area.

 

 

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14 comments

  1. massholemommy says:

    I love the concept of this, but my family is so picky that I would be afraid to sign up for it myself.

  2. Terry says:

    How fun to have fresh foods delivered and the challenge to make a super healthy meal with them. We make daily runs to the grocery store so this would stop that for sure.

  3. Sarah Bailey says:

    What a great sounding service I love the idea of having fresh food straight to my front door x

  4. Amanda says:

    I think this is an awesome idea for families that have limited time to shop but would still like to have delicious fresh, homecooked meals. I would love to try them out!

  5. I love the idea behind a service of getting fresh meals delivered. Sometimes people want to cook healthy meals but going out and buying the ingredients stops them

  6. cynthial1956 says:

    This sounds like a really good service. The recipes you share look fantastic and I know my family would enjoy them. Great idea to have something delivered to your door, a lot less hassle.

  7. That is a fantastic service. IT would definitely save quite a bit of time for our family and ensure we get good quality foods too!

  8. Michele says:

    Too bad they don't have a subscription for singles! This would be something I would probably try out if they did.

  9. Pepper says:

    We have a local service like this as well, I've been tempted to try them. Looks like your recipes turned out great.

  10. Liz @ ANIAN says:

    Sounds like the price is due to the fact there's such quality ingredients and meat in the meal plan. I think it would be a great now and then thing to do!

  11. I would love having fresh meals delivered right to my home. As a Working Mom, time management is always a concern for me and there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done.

  12. Megan says:

    This sounds awesome!! I used to have produce and grocery delivery, and i really miss it, but it was never a complete meal. Looks delicious!

  13. I really like this but my family is extremely picky. I don't think they would like the type of meals they make.

  14. Melanie says:

    What a great concept…. soo want fresh meals delivered to my home, how cool would that be.. I work full time outside the home, so it will make my evening that much nicer ..thanks for a great review and sharing your experience, will have to check it out now

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