HelloFresh meal kit subscription: Is it worth it?

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Introduction 

Hello, I mentioned in my August 2021 Roundup post that I subscribed to HelloFresh. I said I would love to do a review of my experience, so here we are! I think I should put a disclaimer that this isn’t sponsored, even though that will be obvious from the content; I mean, I wish it were sponsored. Can you imagine the possible discount? 

This blog post will discuss what HelloFresh is and the advantages and disadvantages that I have found from using this service. 

What is HelloFresh?

HelloFresh is a meal kit services that delivers your pre-selected meals right to your door on a specific day you choose. 

You can select your meals each week, and they will send you the ingredients and recipe cards. 

What are the options?

The process of HelloFresh is fairly straightforward. You first choose your plan for each week. You have the option of customising your plan to suit 2, 3 or 4 people. You can select the number of recipes you receive each week, whether 3, 4 or 5. 

You then register, fill out your address, and then select the meals you want. On average, you have about 30+ meals to choose between each week. They have some premium recipes that will cost you extra as well. 

What option I selected

HelloFresh
This is how each meal is packaged

We have selected four dishes for each week, with each meal suitable for two people.

Our HelloFresh box is delivered on Monday, which means we have to select the meals we want by Thursday of each week for the following week. 

At an additional cost, you can select extras such as desserts and sides. 

Am I saving money with HelloFresh?

Overall, yes, I am. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you will. Let me explain.

We get four meals per week, which serve two people for each meal. It comes with all the ingredients and a recipe card usually. This costs us £33.28 per week, with the first box costing £15.99. That’s the price between the two of us. This fee also includes shipping. 

As an avid Aldi shopper, I know 100% that we could get the ingredients for cheaper plus more meals, but it comes down to convenience, attitude and experience. Before Hello Fresh, my partner and I would get one takeaway per week, which on average cost £20. Then, for the days we don’t fancy the frozen food, we nip to Tesco and buy the food we want. It was not great. Therefore, our spending got out of control with food. Plus, we wouldn’t know where to start without the help of Hello Fresh.

We have cut down spending, as we know what meals we have each week, and we know we have to eat it, as we don’t want the food to go to waste. The fact that the food isn’t frozen means that we have to eat it before it goes off, and we don’t want to waste money.

With little food shops here and there and a takeaway every so often, the costs add up without you realising. With Hello Fresh, you pay a fixed price every week, so you know how much you are spending.

Will I continue using Hello Fresh?

For the time being, yes. I think we will make the most out of our boxes, build up the recipes and our experience, then switch to sourcing our items from cheaper supermarkets.

For us, it is about building the habit of cooking from scratch and being comfortable in the kitchen. HelloFresh is basically like a helping hand in the kitchen so we can develop our skills and knowledge. 

Main advantages

These are the main advantages that I have discovered while using HelloFresh. 

– Saves you a lot of time, as you do not have to worry about going to the supermarket

– Less food waste, as they provide you with everything you need for set meals

– You get to try recipes you wouldn’t normally try

– Helps refine our cooking skills

– Means we have to eat what we have

– Eating healthier

– Buying less takeaway and random food

– Personally, I am snacking less

– I know what meal I have to look forward to each day

– My partner and I are improving our cooking skills together 

Main disadvantages

These are the main advantages that I have discovered while using HelloFresh. 

– You cannot select the expiration date

– You cannot remove ingredients you do not like

– If they don’t send you the recipe card, you have to download or print the PDF

– If they miss ingredients in the box, they may provide you with credit, but you cannot use it on discounted boxes.

– You could get more ingredients for less at the supermarket 

– Some items go out of date the day you receive your box (usually from the same dish, though) 

My favourite dishes 

I thought this would be a good inclusion! Some of my favourite dishes so far from HelloFresh include: 

  • Teriyaki Sesame Chicken 
  • Thai Style Pork Rice Bowl 
  • Smoky Sausage Skewers 
  • Chipotle Spiced Chicken 
  • Spicy Szechuan Glazed Pork Meatballs 

Notable points 

In some boxes, you can receive certain freebies and discounts/offers. For example, we’ve received Camden Hells lager and a little notebook, some GU Salted Caramel Cheesecake Desserts and discount codes. 

Another point is that HelloFresh sometimes forgets to include the recipe cards. This happened once, but we were able to access the recipe on the website. We also received a box with two ingredients missing. HelloFresh does make it easy to report missing items, and in our case, they credited our account with £7.50. The only downside is that credit on your account can only be used with non-discounted boxes. 

Summary

Genuinely, if you notice you impulse buy food a lot or buy takeaways every other day, a food subscription box could help.

It helps you refine your cooking skills, encourages you to try new ingredients and allows you to find out what you do not like. As two people who aren’t confident in the kitchen, it provided us with a step-by-step guide to create new meals while learning how to prepare and cook different recipes.

I don’t, however, think this will be a permanent subscription, as you can spend £33 on a lot more ingredients. For now, it is a great start for us. 

For my traditional end-of-blog post question, I want to ask, what is your favourite dish? I’m always looking to expand my makeshift recipe book, so let me know in the comments. 

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