So here's the breakdown of what's available. The following is based on my location, so I'm not sure if the price is dependent on your postcode.
Classic Box: $69 - $279 per week
Veggie Box: $64 - $159 per week
Fruit Box: Choose between Small, Medium, or Large for $24, $35, or $65
Trial Classic Box: From $79
Trial Veggie Box: From $74
In the weekly subscription boxes you can choose between the following combinations, although for some reason the Veggie Box has only 3 of the below options, marked with *.
3 meals for 2 people*
3 meals for 4 people*
3 meals for 6 people*
5 meals for 2 people
5 meals for 4 people
5 meals for 6 people
I know we all have very little attention spans and I applaud you for even reading this far. So before I continue with the details, here's some photos of my delivery/meals, which was from the Classic Box - 3 meals for 2 people.
Opening the box...
Any meat and ingredients that need to stay refrigerated are packed in this box with an icepack. The idea is to leave this box out on delivery day so that they can collect it and re-use for next time.
Seasoning, stock, etc is packed in this brown paper bag.
The booklet of recipes
Easy-to-follow recipes inside
Meal #1: Ingredients ready to go!
Meal #1: Success! Chorizo paella #porkypaella
Meal #2: Ingredients ready to go! (I purchased my own couscous as they left it out of my delivery)
Meal #2: Success! Lamb kofta and couscous #arabiandays
Meal #3: Ingredients ready to go sans chilli because they forgot to include that in our delivery. Also had to purchase our own Mexican seasoning.
Meal #3: Success! Cooked by Chef Hubby. #MexicanFeast
As mentioned above I had to purchase a couple of ingredients myself because they actually forgot to pack my couscous, mexican seasoning, and a chilli. I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that this was probably a very rare once-off occasion. I did email their customer service team and they replied with an apology and said that they would compensate me for the extra ingredients in my next delivery. Now if this was to ever happen, it does defeat the whole purpose of the entire concept. If you have to a) go out to the shops to purchase your missing ingredient and b) not be able to use all of it because you only need it for one meal, than a) it's no longer convenient, and b) you're wasting food, time and money. In my case, purchasing a whole jar of Mexican seasoning when I only need 1 tsp is slightly annoying. But as I said, I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume this sort of thing rarely, if not ever happens. Now that being said, here are my overall thoughts:
I love it. Having the ingredients for specific meals delivered to your door is awesome. I don't enjoy meal planning and I also don't enjoy grocery shopping - particularly if hubby is not available to help carry bags (so important!). This concept eliminates both of the above weekly tasks I dread doing. Also you get to try new recipes that you probably wouldn't have ever tried or might have thought was too hard. I love that it expands your own repertoire of cooking and you get to try different meals. It definitely beats the weekly steak and veggies that begin to taste a bit like cardboard...
In some areas I believe they give you 2 options for your delivery window. It's usually the same day but you can choose which time bracket suits you. For me, the only option available is Mondays between 2.00pm - 9.00pm. My delivery actually arrived at 1.30pm so it was earlier than the window. This delivery window can cause some issues for me, as hubby and I both work so we're not actually home during business hours. I was home that particular day only because I was on holidays. They give you an option to allow them to place your box on your doorstep or give to your neighbour. Now I'm not sure if I'm entirely comfortable with either of the above options. If you're mates with your neighbour you could ask them to do this, but if your neighbour also works and is out during this time than that option goes out the window. And I don't know if I really want my food to be sitting on my doorstep for 4 hours? I know it's in an ice box...Maybe I'm just being picky.
I am no cook. In fact I'm quite the noob and I only started cooking when I moved out of home just over a year ago. So when I say these recipes are easy and simple, trust me they are easy and simple (not to mention delicious!). My Hello Fresh week has made me look like Super Wife.
If you regularly eat out during the week, then this will definitely be a cheaper option for you. Meals are about $10 each, and where can you really get a decent meal for $10 anymore? However if you're like me, and you grocery shop every week and generally eat at home, then it will be a more expensive option for you. So I'm not sure if I will continue it on a weekly basis - probably just occasionally when I want to be inspired again and don't have time to go grocery shopping. That being said, keep in mind you are also paying for the convenience and the fact that no thinking or brain power of your own is required.
I think this is definitely a healthier option if you eat out a lot. The recipes seem to be generally quite healthy and it's also in good, healthy portions. By good portions, I mean not massive portions that hubby and I are used to eating. When we cook too much we tend to eat more.
So that's my review on Hello Fresh. Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?