Awhile back I began my journey into foodie subscription boxes. I started with Blue Apron and wrote a review of their service. Right away I was in love with the idea of foodie subscription boxes as a whole and Blue Apron was a wonderful way to start out. I still appreciate what Blue Apron has to offer and their service is still recommended by me. However there are a few things I am enjoying about Home Chef that simply is not offered with the Blue Apron Subscription. Regardless, if you love to cook, or even if you do not love to cook but feel you should be making more meals at home, please consider a cooking subscription box! Here are a few reasons why:
1. Time saver - no need to shop at the store, skip the grind and have all you need delivered to your door!
2. No more over purchasing - no need to buy more than you need for each meal, no food waste, no over spending!
3. Try new things - try new foods you may not normally feel comfortable with.
4. Recipes included - you are sent recipe cards with easy step by step directions.
5. Bring your family together - nothing beats the excitement of opening up a box of goodies, especially when food is involved! Make your cooking experiences a family night event, or date night event.
Those are just a few of the great reasons to give food subscription boxes a try.
I had been faithfully subscribing to Blue Apron for months, receiving three new meals each and every week and I throughly enjoyed the food I received, but my mind kept wandering to other food boxes out of curiosity. One thing that caught my eye about Home Chef was that they offered a lot more menu options. In fact Home Chef offers twelve or more options which include smoothies, desserts, and breakfast. Blue Apron only offers six choices but some selections will grey out, or remove other options if you happen to opt for a more expensive menu choice. That would mean that my true selections were limited sometimes down to only two viable menu options. This is a world of choices, and we love variety. I did not like being limited in my food selections. With Home Chef, instead of taking options away from you, if and when they do have a more expensive food choice, they just let you know that this selection will cost a bit more and they tell you exactly what that cost is.
Another thing I prefer about Home Chef is that they offer more information regarding dietary intake. As a Type 1 Diabetic I need to know the carb count in my food. Yes I can look all of that info up online but I really did not appreciating having to take the time to do that. Home Chef puts this information right on their recipe card!
The last thing I wanted to mention about Home Chef is that you can order as much as you wish! You do have to order at least two menu selections, four servings, per order but if you want to order meals for the entire week, you an do that! With Blue Apron you must get at least three full meals for two people, and you can not opt for more.
Now these are just particulars that I noticed but I do want to reiterate that both food boxes are wonderful and I would love for you to have an experience with either of them.
Now, let's take a closer look at Home Chef!
This first images show one of their recipe cards, as well as their recipe binder, which you receive free in your first shipment. I thought that was a really nice touch. Notice in the lower right corner of the recipe card the dietary information provided.
This Chicken au Fromage was simply divine! It has been one of my favorite meals from Home Chef so far but all of their meals are just delectable! Sorry about my stray tomato, but honestly I do not want to take much time organizing my food for photos, I want to eat it!
Everything arrives for each meal in it's own baggie. You will only need to have on hand salt, pepper, and olive oil. Everything else you may need is always included. In addition, most items are already prepared for you. I find a do a lot less chopping and cutting with Home Chef than I did with Blue Apron. Home Chef leaves just enough slicing for you to feel involved in the process of creating yummy food, but not so much you feel overwhelmed or rushed to get dinner prepared.