A trial run of “Hello Fresh” dinner delivery service….a review, by me!

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Last week we did a trial of the “Hello Fresh” dinner delivery service.  Have you heard of it?  Have you used it?  What did you think?  I believe that they operate in many countries around the world.  Anyway this trial came to be because a busy friend who hates cooking had started using it and was offered a weeks free trial for her friends so I said “sure I’m up for that”, why not, right?  Disclaimer; this is not a sponsored post and I’m not being renumerated in any way for it, in fact they have no clue who I am, but surprisingly I find myself liking doing reviews and anything that may help others makes me happy too!

What is it?

A box of fresh ingredients for specific recipes delivered to your front door.  You can choose between 3 or 5 meals per week for 2 or 4 people and each week there are different recipes designed by the Hello Fresh chefs.  All the ingredients have already been measured out to the exact quantities and so all you have to do is follow the recipes that come in the box.  Some chopping is required.  They claim that most of the recipes take only 30 minutes or less to make.  This is what was delivered to us last week.

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It was all pretty fresh but not organic if that is of concern to you. It is assumed that you have some pantry basics like oils, sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, salt, pepper, vinegars (complete list is here).  Every thing we needed came in the box except for a chilli that was need for the first recipe.

The Meals

We had food for 3 meals delivered;

Thunder Chicken

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This was really tasty even without the chilli (not so thundery which was good for GT anyway).  He would have liked a larger serving as he hadn’t eaten all day so was starving (and cranky with it!).  It was more than ample for me and I never usually buy bok choy, for no real reason, so it was good to have that for a change.  Will be making this recipe again.

Spring Lamb Salad

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This was GT’s favourite of the 3 meals (he is a meat & potato lover).  It took slightly longer than 25 minutes that the recipe said but I was also juggling the kids at the same time.  The lamb was a little bit on the fatty side for me but I will definitely be making it again.

Chickpea Tagine

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There was a lot of this recipe so I had the left over as a soup for lunch the next day (without the cous cous), it’s quite liquidy but very tasty.  GT wanted to know where the meat was but he enjoyed it too for something different to our normal repertoire. Also, I did this in the Thermomix, just because, so that could be why the liquid didn’t evaporate as much as it would have in a pan.

The Pros

Takes the thinking out of what is for dinner each night and saves having to shop for it too.

Offers a wide variety of meals that are tasty and can broaden your repertoire as once you know how easy they are to make you can make them again on your own.

The step by step instructions are very clear and easy to follow with nutritional information.  Most meals have been designed to have between 500 – 750 calories and can be made within 30 minutes.

The quality of the ingredients was pretty good and the fresh ingredients are from local suppliers (not supermarkets).

No wastage of food.

You can check a week ahead to see what’s on the menu and opt in or out whenever you feel like

There is a vegetarian box option

Delivery is free

The Cons

I normally only make one meal for all the family but I had t make two meals a night during this trial.  The girls probably would have eaten the chicken (given that there was no chilli) and the lamb salad but would have turned their noses up at the tagine (not their kind of food) even though they love hummus they are not keen on the look of a whole chickpea, kid logic!

No opportunity for leftovers (could also be a pro depending on how you look at things)

You still need to do a grocery shop.

If I was doing Hello Fresh for the whole family I think the weekly grocery spend would increase so it’s not a cheaper option.

The Verdict

I think Hello Fresh is a great service especially for busy couples, perhaps those with no kids or prefer to eat separately from them anyway.  It’s also great for those who are over their cooking for the family years but still want something tasty and easy to do without having to decide what’s for dinner each night.   My friend who loves it really doesn’t like cooking and she feels that this is perfect for her as it makes her try dishes she wouldn’t normally and then it takes some of the “fear factor”away when she recreates the meal herself another time.

I won’t be using Hello Fresh on a regular basis given that I am all about creating simple, achievable meals and meal planning myself so I’m not the target market.  I also like to choose my own produce but if it was back in the day when were a busy, long hour working couple I would be snapping this up.

Have you tried Hello Fresh?  What do you think?  If not, do you think you will?

 

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13 comments on “A trial run of “Hello Fresh” dinner delivery service….a review, by me!

  1. Kate
    October 25, 2014 at 6:46 am

    After a month or so I ended up cancelling. I thought the produce was great and it ended up being good value for money, but like you I found the meals didn’t work for kids too, so i ended up spending more time in the kitchen rather than less. It was easy to cancel and the service was great so may end up going back to it down the track.

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Hi, thanks for stopping by. x

    • Kelli
      January 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

      If you do, send me the free coupon code for a trial!! Lol

  2. Arelica
    April 15, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Thanks Victoria for the amazing review!

    I really needed to find a more convenient way to get back to loving to cook in my kitchen…
    I ended up finding another service, HomeChef, which originally started over in Belgium but is now available across the United States, Australia, and other countries. I have tried a number of different “dinner subscription boxes” and this one TOPPED MY LIST!

    I started looking for a way to try this service pretty cheap, because I already pay too much for groceries, and I found a great deal for HomeChef!

    I got $30 Off and Free Shipping on my First Order by using this offer link: https://www.homechef.com/%69%6E%76%69%74%65/kQWAUbAMrJo

    That made my first order only $29, perfect to give it a try! In my first order I got the Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken and it was SO good! The other meals included a Mushroom and Swiss Beef Burger and Sous-Vide Baby Back Ribs. They were all very easy to make in MY OWN kitchen and my whole family loved how they tasted! I now get it every week because it is SO convenient, tastes AMAZING, and I get to try cooking new things that I would have never made before…

    I just thought I’d post it if anyone else is looking for a deal to give it a try.

    • Vicki
      April 15, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Thank you. I don’t know of HomeChef so good to hear about it, sounds yummy!

  3. Laura
    February 3, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Hello. They do not ship to Canada but I got 3 meals free as part of a monthly box. Voucher code: BD13z1x9V8 it says 3 free meals when you sign up expires 06/30/3016. Since I can’t use it I thought someone in the US could.

    • Vicki
      February 3, 2016 at 9:36 am

      That is kind of you.

  4. Rachel
    February 24, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I have tried 3 or 4 of these home delivery menu services. Hello Fresh is THE best! Our family is down to 2, we like cooking together and hate deciding what to have. Hello Frresh s pretty near perfct for us! The very best thing is I do NOT. I repeat, do not have to buy anything else. No running to the store because I don’t have an onion or buying a bunch of Rosemary only to throw half of it out. Everything , in the amount I need is in the box and fresh. I only need oil/butter and salt and pepper. Due to our social calendar we eat out from Friday thru Sunday so I don’t like that our delivery day is Thursday. I usually freeze the meat for safety and so far in the 8 months I’ve been doing it the fresh part has held up under refrigeration. We get meals for 2 but many times have leftovers and twice our grand daughter stopped by and there was enough for the 3 of us. We’ve never had a bad meal but have obviously liked some better than others. Even a ‘country boy’ like my husband likes these meals. He washes, chops and measures and I assemble, cook and plate. There Is nothing ‘weird’ or exotic about them. I get to choose 3 out of 5 offerings so nothing We hate…like beets ?….shows up. Premium quality food at a fair price!

    • Vicki
      February 25, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      That’s great feedback. I wish my social life was as busy as yours too!

  5. Emilie
    November 12, 2016 at 2:24 am

    If anyone is interested, HelloFresh offers a $40.00 off your first box & free shipping if you use the code: MV5GNL . I’ve tried it and I love it! It’s not for everyone or necessary to use every day of the week but I enjoyed trying out all the new recipes and foods I may not otherwise have tried. Hope this helps!

  6. kjarami
    December 9, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I am terrible disappointed. Very deceptive e-mails and website!

    I apply for a free box and then the company started charging without any consent.

    Box are limited with low quality products.

    Company has said it will refund money I will follow on that once the refund has been made.

    Please avoid!

  7. Kris
    March 15, 2017 at 1:19 am

    I was deceived by their “free-trial”. My sister is a Hello Fresh member and she emailed me an offer for a free trial. I selected the family plan. The family plan I selected feeds a family of 4. I received 2 meals. When I received the free trial email, no where did it mention that when you sign up, you’re also agreeing to sign up for membership. My trial box was free as indicated, however, I did not realize I signed up to be a member as the free-trial offer indicated a free box of food only. Therefore, I was shocked to see a new box of food arrive on my doorstep the following week. When I checked my account, I saw they billed me for $69.94, the cost of the family plan. When I tried to get my money back, they told me I could only receive half of my money back or a free box of food. They told me it was very clear and printed on the website that I was signing up for the service. I don’t think that’s entirely true, I signed up for the free-trial only. Whatever the case, I had to request to speak to a supervisor and his offer to refund me half of my money was IMO ridiculous. I know some will agree that it was apparent but I don’t think it was. As for the food and service, I agree with the previous user that this doesn’t really work for a family with children. It works well for busy couples. The food was good however I do find it to be pricey. $70 for 2 days worth of food is expensive.

  8. Chen Wang
    July 8, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Great review here, love it. If you are interested in finding other meal delivery services, we have over 150 other meal delivery services listed on our website: https://comparemeals.com.au/ . We have a summary page for all of them (For Hellofresh as an example see https://comparemeals.com.au/supplier/hellofresh). We can also tell you which one you can order from (if you give a postcode), which ones are cheapest and so on.

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