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Blue Apron

November 1st, 2015 at 08:25 pm

Has anyone tried it? It's a company that sends you all the ingredients for a set number of meals and directions to teach you how to cook.

I know my neighbors have and they greatly enjoyed it. However it's not cheap in the grand scheme of things. It definitely broaden their horizons for cooking and eating. It also increased their cooking abilities. But they didn't necessarily start making those same dishes after they got it.

It is $59/week for 3 meals for 2 people or $9.99/serving. Or $69.99 for 2 meals for a family of 4 or $8.74/serving. The question is that this seems high compared to what you can make yourself.

But you are able to learn how to cook different dishes. It seems like a cost efficient way to test out new recipes without investing in buying lots of groceries. It also is a cheaper way to eat than eating out all the time and probably healthier.

Perhaps one day we'll try it but for now I think we'll have to pass as we're trying to stick to a much tighter grocery budget right now.

I forgot to add my meal plan for the week. Tonight Baked Ziti with leftovers for tomorrow. I also have extra sauce I am making for spaghetti next week. I am also roasting a butternut squash for a side for the next few days. Plus I have a kabocha pumpkin and sweet potatoes to cook for sides for a few days. Along with a bag of spinach and kale. I bought ground beef on friday and other meals for the week are teriyaki meatballs and an indian potato beef curry. I have to buy some potatoes so on the agenda is baked potato soup.

5 Responses to “Blue Apron”

  1. Chloe Says:

    My husband and I use Blue Apron for date night. Three nights a week after the kids are in bed, we cook the meal together and enjoy each other's company for less than going out to eat. Plus we get more variety than the same old family meals we eat each week. We originally tried the Blue Apron family meals with the kids, but found the meals too complicated to make with hungry small children under foot. And they didn't really like any of the food anyway. Although it was nice to expose them to new things. I think we'll try family style again once the kids are a bit older.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    May be a good idea for people who are not experienced at cooking, but otherwise, I don't get it? There are a gazillion recipes online, and all you have to do is go buy the ingredients. What am I missing?

  3. Chloe Says:

    CB, it takes time to decide what to make, find a good recipe, and shop for all of the (possibly specialty) ingredients. For example, last week we made ramen with fresh ramen noodles. Not something I can find in my usual grocery store. As two people who like to cook but are short on time, it's nice to have everything arrive at once and be ready to go. (I fully admit is is a luxury and would be the first thing to get cut if money were tight.)

  4. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    I am with CB and I know I could go out and shop and usually do. But I'm not sure I am creative enough to just pick recipes and do them. I am boring and stick to tried and true.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    It seems like a nice program for people that have the money for it. A lot like Dream Dinners, only they deliver. I kind of feel like if I were to shell out for something like that I'd want it to be gourmet heat and eat, not something I still had to cook. I have found that basically anything new I want to cook, someone has made a detailed youtube video on how to make it. This is basically how I taught myself to cook Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Polynesian, Vitamese, and Korean foods.

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