Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Meal Subscription Services: Blue Apron

Blue Apron is the only service that has really disappointed me. They all have their pros and cons, but it was really hard to find things I liked about Blue Apron.

For starters, their meals are just odd. My food preferences have really expanded in the last few years, and I'm open to trying just about anything, but I struggled to find meals that I wanted to make with Blue Apron. I accepted a deal with them the first week of July, and had to keep skipping weeks until the end of August because it took that long to find three meals I would want.

The week of Labor Day they notified me that my box would be delivered a day late due to the holiday, which was fine (Wednesday delivery day instead of Tuesday). But then, on Wednesday night at about 6PM I got an email saying it would be delayed another day, which would have been fine had I been notified before dinner time when I had planned on cooking one of the meals. When the box finally arrived, they had the wrong recipe cards in it (thankfully the ingredients were mostly right). You can access the recipes online, but bringing my laptop into the kitchen isn't a habit I care to form. It came with a card saying that I should check my email for info about ingredient substitutions for the ingredients they didn't send, but I also didn't have an email about that. When I emailed customer services my frustrations, they just gave me directions on how to print recipes. 

Lastly, cancelling your subscription is very inconvenient. There is not a simple "cancel account" button - you have to email a specific email to get directions on how to cancel. The food was okay, but I don't think I will use the service again. Especially because it is expensive, and I don't think you get what you pay for.

 Blue Apron

($9.99/serving + FREE shipping for orders 6 or more servings, $7.99 shipping for orders less than 6 servings)

  • The meals are okay
  • They send all needed ingredients - even when you just need a tiny tad of sugar
  • Recipe cards included in box
  • One of the more expensive options
  • The meal options aren't great 
  • They ingredients are a mess. Some of them come packed in plastic bags labeled with the recipe, but most of the vegetables are in their own separate bags. They all come backed in a sort-of box, but its not all attached so you can't just put the box in the fridge because it falls apart
  • You have to shred the cheese - it comes in a block

My Favorite Blue Apron Recipes


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