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HelloFresh: Not Worth It - Zer Netmouse
February 15th, 2017
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HelloFresh: Not Worth It
Mini-review: Hellofresh: Not worth it.
Details: A few weeks ago I got a half-off coupon to try meals-in-a-box service HelloFresh for a week (two meals), so we did. Then we canceled it, and I don't recommend it.

The ingredients were, in fact, very fresh, and well-packed. Really well packed. Lots of extra packaging well packed. Didn't feel at all environmentally responsible.
The meals were mildly tasty but not anything to jump up and down about. Our recipe list came with three recipes, but we only got two meals. I tried making the last recipe as well, and it wasn't very good either.
This was not a time-saver. Each meal took at *least* an hour to prepare. If you are a foodie and already have gourmet tools in your kitchen (which we do), food prep was all do-able, but it was not simple, and it was work-intensive.
The meals were also not to my liking in terms of balance, meat-veggie-starch-wise. More rice than we needed for four servings, not enough vegetables for it to be a complete meal.
Finally, although the web site advertised you could select your recipes, _after_ I chose the family package, I found out that only with the classic package can you choose your meals. Our first two meal options were pork sliders and a beef stir-fry. I don't usually eat beef, so I wanted to swap that out, but it wasn't an option. and it didn't look possible to change our package. That was a bummer.

So all in all? Got us to cook some different things in the week. Didn't really save us time, still cost a bit more than usual per meal, even at _half-off_. Definitely not worth it from our perspective.

We canceled our subscription immediately.

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From:foms
Date:February 15th, 2017 09:40 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't even heard of this service. Thanks for the review. It sounds as though it might be useful for some people but it strikes me that the size of the groups to which those people belong might be pretty limited.

There are other organizations that deliver but don't package ingredient amounts (at least, not without exorbitant rates for dieting help added on). I wonder whether Hellofresh ingredients are more varied than those carried by food stores in some areas. It could be good for people who want to learn about various aspects of cookery and/or meal planning without having to start from nothing. I can see how it might hit the intersection of people who don't have a lot of time for shopping but who want to make time for cooking.

The overpackaging thing seems to be run contrary to my idea of those groups but maybe I don't know their market as well as they do.
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From:the_leewit
Date:February 16th, 2017 01:34 am (UTC)
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Aw, man. As someone carless in the back end of a Disney movie, I'd hoped Hello Fresh might be something I would enjoy splurging upon. Thanks for the review, though.
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From:carbonel
Date:February 16th, 2017 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I'd never heard of this until someone was offering a few $50 off coupons on Ravelry (taken before I read the offer). I was kind of dubious about the "do your own cooking with our ingredients" thing. Nice to know I was right.

I've occasionally flirted with the idea of signing up for Seattle Sutton meals (full meals, delivered), but it's expensive and the reviews are pretty lukewarm.
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From:netmouse
Date:February 17th, 2017 02:01 am (UTC)
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One commentator on Facebook reported that another service called Home Chef is better. At first glance it does look more cost-effective, but there's still lots of packaging.
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