I was so excited to receive my first Blue Apron delivery a few days ago, and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of food I was sent.
Here’s a video of me unpacking the box and my thoughts:
The box was super heavy when it arrived, and there was some liquid in the box. They use two heavy duty ice packs (Nordic Ice) to keep everything cold, and all the food is in an insulated bag. Everything was cold when my box was delivered, which was great. The packaging seemed to be top notch. However, I was sent some sherry vinegar to go with two meals and both bottles of vinegar had leaked. The box smelled like vinegar, and one of the bottles had leaked to almost empty. However, the recipes did not call for much of the vinegar so I had some leftover either way. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough for the recipe but that turned out to be a non-issue. The meat seemed fresh and was a decent size. All of the vegetables and herbs were extremely fresh! I was most impressed by the herbs they sent because they tend to wilt quickly. These weren’t wilted at all.
Gorgeous recipe cards also came in the box. They were full size. The front of the card gave a bit of history about the dish which was incredibly interesting to me, and also gave a recommendation for a wine paring. There was a list of ingredients to be used for each recipe, along with pictures of the ingredients. This was very helpful. (One thing that I wish they had done when packaging the meals was to put all the ingredients for each recipe together. They were all in the box together meaning I had to sort through them. Not a huge deal, but that would take it up a level in my opinion.) The back of the card gave step by step instructions to cooking the meal, along with pictures. I found this well though out, well written, and easy to read. Each recipe is numbered and you can look it up online as well. The same information can be found there, along with videos with cooking tips specific to the recipe and tips from home chefs who have made the recipe. I really enjoyed this.
My favorite part of the Blue Apron experience was trying new foods, and learning new styles of cooking!
The First Dish
The first dish that I made was Basque Style Cod with Sweet Pepper Sauce and Freekeh (I hadn’t even heard of freekeh till this recipe, ha!). The description said “Basque cooking, which draws from both French and Spanish traditions, is known for its vivid red sauce—a delicious accompaniment to mild cod. In classic fashion, we’re using fresh bell pepper and ground Espelette pepper, infusing the tomato sauce with its characteristic smokiness. A simple relish of parsley, almonds and garlic tops it all off with a bit of crunch (and brings out the sautéed garlic in the dish).”
I wasn’t sure how it was all going to come together, because it seemed like such a random pairing of ingredients. However, the final result was a super flavorful, healthy, unique dish. I was incredibly impressed with the meal. Not only was it easy, it actually tasted wonderful. My picky husband even ate it (though he did say he would like less garlic if I were to ever make it again). The best part was the topping of fresh parsley, chopped almonds, and garlic paste. The almonds were a perfect crunch to the dish. Not only that, I learned how to make garlic paste and how to cook cod (which I hadn’t done before). I also think I will start adding chopped almonds to other meals in the future. The plating also looked awesome and I felt like a “real” chef (even though I’ve been cooking for years). The whole dish was under 600 calories and my husband and I were both full for the rest of the night (without even finishing the dish!).
I truly enjoyed the entire experience of Blue Apron. It was fun to try new foods, new flavors, and learn new cooking techniques. Reading the history of the dish made the experience more authentic. I also loved that the meals were planned for me, I didn’t have to go out and buy the ingredients, and everything tasted fresh. It was the most fun I’ve had cooking in a while, and the final results were amazing.
The only negative I will say is that it’s on the expensive side (but definitely not outrageous), and picky eaters may not enjoy all of the dishes.
Try it out though, especially with $30 off your first order! Click the link below.