Last month I had the opportunity to try out both Hello Fresh and Blue Apron at no cost thanks to their referral program and a very gracious friend who sent me free trials of each subscription. After the initial two week trial, I felt like I still didn’t have a grasp on Blue Apron and wanted to give it another go.
So last week, we received our second Blue Apron box and honestly it was a little bit of a surprise. I had forgotten to “skip” that week on my delivery schedule, so I didn’t have a chance to choose the meals I wanted to receive. Thankfully, everything that was sent to us looked good to me. We received General Tso’s Chicken with Rice and Snow Peas, Roast Pork and Mashed Potatoes with Molasses Collard Greens, and Seared Salmon Salad.
Nick and I both really enjoyed the Salmon Salad. We never really have salmon at home because I’m not a big fan of it, but I actually really enjoyed this. I might need to rethink my opinion on salmon! The combination of everything in the salad was very unusual (sunflower seeds, radishes, peas, and arugula) but it totally worked.
General Tso’s Chicken is Nick’s favorite take-out meal, so this is something we eat a lot of at home. We made it for lunch on Saturday after a 5-mile walk and it was very filling. In fact, it was almost too much food. I didn’t finish my rice or snow peas. To be fair, I didn’t really “get” the peas. You just cooked them for a few minutes in oil and to me it made the dish feel greasy. I probably would have left them out or cooked them with the chicken and tossed in the sauce.
Unfortunately there were a couple of snags. First of all, something happened to our box in transit and one of our ingredients (sambal oelek, or chili paste) had opened. Thankfully it was inside of a brown bag so it didn’t get on anything other than a few small bottles of ketchup and sesame oil.
But the biggest issue was with our pork. I’m not sure what happened, but at some point in transit, the pork loin got a hole in the packaging. We didn’t notice this until it was leaking juices in our refrigerator. Yuck. I contacted Blue Apron about the issue and they credited our account for 1/3 of the price of the box since the main ingredient of the meal was not usable. (And being the resourceful person that I am, I used the remaining ingredients for other meals later on in the week!)
Overall I probably would try Blue Apron again, especially since I have a $20 credit on my account. It’s fun to try a new recipe and to have the ingredients delivered right to your door. It’s almost mindless cooking!
Have you tried Blue Apron or another food subscription box? Did you enjoy it?