Disclosure: Blue Apron provided me with a box from their company in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All thoughts expressed in this post are my own, as are the photos.
I absolutely love reviewing the different subscription boxes out there. And I have to say, the one I was most excited to receive was the box from Blue Apron. I could not wait for it to get here. I love to cook and the idea of receiving a box filled with ingredients to create meals that I normally wouldn’t try making on my own had an extremely high appeal to me.
When the box came in I was like a little kid at Christmas time. I ripped into it and removed each item with love and excitement. In fact, my boyfriend even got a photo of me looking at the recipes within the box because I was happy. I’ve been struggling with my depression for awhile now, and I have moments where the old me comes back. My boyfriend loves those moments, and cherishes them as much as the moments when we’re doing something together. To say I was extremely touched when he explained to me why he took the photo would be an understatement. (I admit, I turned into a blubbering baby when he told me.)
Anyway, almost every item, as you can see below, comes in its own separate packaging.
You even receive a bag that contains fresh spices and herbs.
The only things not included in the box was salt and pepper and olive oil.
The recipes sent with the box are incredibly detailed with colorful drawings. When I saw what meals I had to make with what I was sent, I couldn’t wait to get started. I looked at those meals as something not only new for me, but my boyfriend, as well.
For my boyfriend, it was an extra special treat because he’s never been one to really step outside of his comfort zone when it comes to food. Before me, there were many things he wouldn’t try, but now he enjoys…like mushrooms. (Seriously, I can’t saute enough for meals because he eats them as they’re cooking. It’s hilarious!)
I truly don’t have a single complaint about Blue Apron at all. I am absolutely in love with this company’s box. And it’s one we’re considering getting once a month so we can have special date nights or lunches. It’s a way for us to cook together and keep our relationship fun.
Blue Apron’s customer service was extremely easy to deal with and the packaging the items were contained in arrived undamaged. Everything inside the box was kept cold with huge ice packs and an insulated interior. It easily could have been left outside for several hours without issue, so if you’re worrying about whether or not your food would be okay left outside if delivered when you’re not home, have no fear.
The pork, salmon and chicken used in the recipes was of high quality and cooked beautifully in my Ozeri frying pan. In fact, my boyfriend could not stop raving about the salmon in the seared salmon dish. He’s never been a huge fan of salmon. I’ve made it before for him and he didn’t enjoy it. But seared…he loved it and told me I will be making it again.
As far as pricing goes, meals cost about $9.99 per person per meal. So if you were to buy a box for two people that contained three meals, it would cost you $59.95. (Price includes shipping and handling and tax.) This amount is MUCH less than most restaurants you’ll go to. Sure, we could go to McDonald’s or Burger King and spend less but I don’t want to eat food from there when we go out. It’s not good for you and it’s really not all that enjoyable.
Since each meal you make with the items from Blue Apron are healthy and contain fresh produce and herbs, it makes the cost of the meals worthwhile, at least in my opinion. Especially when you factor in gas to get to the restaurant. (Besides, I’d much rather eat at home. It’s a more romantic setting. And it allows us to relax and enjoy each other’s company without the distraction of others.)