It's February and I still haven't settled back into our normal routine. I miss the week when we reviewed HelloFresh's Family Box because I didn't have to think about what to cook or go shopping! Look at all the goodies we got from 1 box (4 meals for 4 people worth of food):
It has been busy so I only just got the chance to write the review up.
Basically, HelloFresh is a food subscription box service, where you pay a weekly subscription fee (depending on what box you go for), and they'll deliver your food on the date you chose.
The box choices and their prices are (per week):
3 meals for 2 person £39 (£6.50 per meal per person)
3 meals for 3 person £49 (£5.45 per meal per person)
3 meals for 4 person £59 (£4.90 per meal per person)
(An option for 5 meals are also available)
3 meals for 4 person £57 (£4.75 per meal per person)
4 meals for 4 person £64 (£4 per meal per person)
3 meals per 2 person £36 (£6 per meal per person)
3 meals for 4 person £57 (£4.75 per meal per person)
Delivery dates are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and you can change your subscription (cancel, change date, pause subscription for holiday, etc) any time before midnight on the Wednesday prior to the week of your next scheduled delivery.
We were sent a Family Box with 4 meals to review, which was delivered on the day I chose, and because I wasn't in, left at a safe place for me to pick up after.
This was my first food subscription box and it was definitely a surprise. It was a big box, and came with 4 paper bags, 1 plastic padded bag, an envelope, recipe cards and another paper bag. It actually reminded me of an advent surprise box I've received for Christmas which came with wrapped up surprises!
The first thing I opened was the leaflets in the envelope, telling us how to recycle the packaging materials etc, and then the Recipe Folder, which props up (see pictures below)! I was really excited about this as not only does it holds all their recipes in the folder, but when you cook, you can fold the folder into a stand, so you can read the recipe with ease without even removing it from the folder. How clever?
The recipes has clear ingredients list and step-by-step picture instructions. Instructions are written in a way so that you'll be prepping and cooking at the same time, instead of prepping everything before you start cooking. This saves time, although you won't have time to do the dishes in between. This isn't a problem at all of course, especially for those who has a dishwasher.
Each paper bag holds ingredients for each meal, and the ingredients that need to be refrigerated, including meat and dairy produce are kept cold inside the plastic padded bag. It comes with ice as well, so together they can keep your ingredients cold for long enough until the evening when you can put them in the fridge.
The quality of the produce are good, some like sauces are from familiar brands, and meat are from local butchers. The meat are good cuts as well.
Depending on what the produce is, meat expiry varies from 3 (prawns) to 5 days (chicken for example), which is about right for quality fresh meat. We kept them in the fridge and made sure that we used the prawns soon, and everything was still good to eat. If you think that you might not have cook them within the dates (maybe you have a dinner date, for example), you can always put them in the freezer and defrost on the day.
Greens are very fresh as well and kept well in the fridge for the whole week. Normally my store bought potatoes would have sprouted by the end of the week, but the ones from the box kept really well.
Although you will only be given the exact ingredients needed for your recipe (2 cloves of garlic instead of a whole bulb, for example), which I actually appreciate as it takes the weighing and measuring away, the amount of ingredients is very generous and we had leftovers for all 4 meals. We only have 2 young kids, but I think that the Family Box will suit different family age combination.
HelloFresh recipes can be found on their website, and they are quite good really. There are things not all of us are keen on, but that's the thing about trying out new recipes, even if not a subscription box. You try something, note down what you like and don't like about it, and change it to your liking for next time. There are definitely next time with the recipes we were given.
With HelloFresh food subscription box, you really get to try new dishes without having to wonder which new recipe to try next, because it's already chosen for you. It's perfect for those who are happy to try out new things or are seeking out new flavours (or for those who really aren't fussed and just want HelloFresh to sort everything out for you). We have discovered lentils and creme fraiche for example.
The following are the recipes we've tried:
|I didn't read the recipe properly and used all the marinate on the pork. It was still good though!|
I was very impressed with how I can whip up a meal for 4 using just 2 apples, 2 trimmed celery sticks and 2 carrots for the lentils. It didn't sound like a lot (I would have added a lot more than a couple of each) but it was actually plenty for the 4 of us!
Also, I never liked celery or use apples in savoury dishes, but I love them in here and I'll definitely use them again.
Hubby was very keen in cooking the Prawn and Serrano Linguine, and he said that HelloFresh has changed the way he will cook pasta from now on - add the stock while boiling the pasta and use that for the sauce as well.
We have always been told to use a cup of pasta water for the sauce, but this is definitely better because the pasta becomes really tasty as well. The only thing the kids complained was the chilli, so we will cook this again without the chilli (plus more meat because we love our protein hehe). We will also use Creme Fraiche more often.
There is a lot of ingredients with the Mexican Chicken Wrap with Appley Beetroot Slaw and Potato Wedges, and we all absolutely loved the chicken, homemade wedges and wrap. Me and hubby are happy to eat the slaw as well, although the kids weren't too keen. We will still cook this again next time, but perhaps change the yogurt to salad cream in the slaw.
Apart from the fresh parsley and fennel seeds, we loved everything from the Italian Pork and Tomato Risotto. This is the first time I took a sausage apart and used the meat for cooking, and it's such a brilliant idea! I don't know why I never did it, it really made life much easier and the meat is already nicely seasoned.
The risotto, like any risotto, does take some patience to cook as you'll have to look after it during cooking, but it really was delicious.
I think HelloFresh food subscription box is a great idea. It's perfect for those who are too busy to do food shopping and think of what to cook. It's even great for family where normal cooking and shopping is involved, because it allows the one who's cooking to take a week off (using it's flexible subscription to pause and start whenever you want). You have a choice of 3 to 4 meals too, so if you just wanted to cook for half a week, or you have dine out plans, you can use Hello Fresh to sort the other half of your week out.
The ingredients' quality are great, and you don't need to be bothered about weighing and measuring things (apart from water). You can adjust the seasonings yourself, and not use the ingredients if you aren't keen, or add some that you do like, depending on how involved you want to be really.
I also think that HelloFresh will be perfect when we need to empty our fridge (days before long holidays, for example), but don't want to spend all our money on junk food. I wonder if you can ask them to deliver to your self catering holiday within the UK as well, wouldn't that be fantastic?!