Is there anything like getting back from your holidays to a big box full of nice things waiting for you?
HelloFresh is all about delicious, healthy ingredients delivered straight to your doorstep. Boxes come in various selections, and you can choose to create either 3 or 5 meals per week for 2 or 4 people.
I love this temporary life of ours (for the most part!), but as I have made no secret of, one thing I will not miss is the supermarkets! Let’s just say we are spoilt in the UK. Don’t have time to go? Place an order, and have it all delivered at a time that suits you. Want to cook something with a rare spice plucked by monks in the Himalayas? No problem, aisle 3, fourth shelf up (OK I made that up, but the produce selection at home is immense!)! Here in Bavaria internet grocery shopping is in its infancy (at least it is in Munich), and whilst it does exist, there are limitations as to where they will deliver etc. I think HelloFresh might even deliver to the moon!
As well as the ingredients, our box included three recipe cards with which to create our meals (in German here obviously, but they are on the HelloFresh site too so you can translate them if needs be!). Our selection for the three days was a Delicate Pork Fillet with a Mustard Crust with New Potatoes and Vegetables in a Cream Sauce:
A Summer Mascarpone Broccoli Penne with Basil, Parmesan and Lemon:
And a Greek Salad with crispy cubes of Pitta bread, and Grilled Turkey Breast (which I had to laugh at having just returned from Santorini!):
All recipes work on difficulty level from 1-3. I don’t think anyone would struggle that much with 3 however, all of them were simple enough to follow. Recipes are not usually repeated, but there is a box filled with customer favourites once a year! I like that it’s an interactive society too – tweet, Instagram or Facebook your faves and make suggestions as to what you want to see in your next box, or never see again!
We really liked all of the meals, and as it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, it was great having some new inspiration! The Pork dish was probably our favourite (and probably the fiddliest!), the Greek Salad was really tasty, and whilst I am not sure I would make it again, the Penne made for a nice light summer’s evening supper.
The Produce is all good quality. Main suppliers are listed on the HelloFresh site, so you know exactly where your ingredients are coming from, and I like that food waste is at a minimum as you are sent only what you need.
How does the food keep cool? Book a delivery time when selecting a box, and it all comes packed with innovative insulating materials. We arrived home from the airport late on a boiling hot day, and our neighbours had kindly taken our box in (you can state whether you would like it left with someone just in case) and the contents were all quite literally as cool as cucumbers.
I thought HelloFresh might like to see what our box was upcycled into – a Santorini Donkey retirement centre – but these guys care about the environment too, and had I read the site properly before I recycled all of our packaging (our hamster is currently happily sleeping in the wool!) I would have seen that you can return it (around 5 weeks worth is suggested) via DHL and they will re-use and recycle everything – I LOVE that!
Is it good value? I think so. If you look at the UK and the DE sites, there are price comparisons on both which show that a weekly Hellofresh box is slightly cheaper than an equivalent supermarket shop. You also save your petrol money, and more importantly your own precious time. Plus I don’t know anyone who goes to a supermarket and doesn’t add extra stuff to the trolley as they are going around, do you?
Would we use this service again? Yes, I think we would from time to time, especially as my working hours are about to increase significantly. It’s not something I would want to use every day (although I know people who do), but as you can stop and start when you wish, to know it’s there when things get super hectic, is nice.
HelloFresh would like to offer my readers a €20 discount code on any first order (and £20 in the UK!)! Here in Germany you should use code: HFBVSJ20 and for the HelloFresh site in the UK: HFBASO20 Enjoy!
*disclaimer, we were sent a 3 meal HelloFresh Classic Box to review. All words and opinions are my own however.