As many of you know, I like to eat, I’m as much of a geek about food as I am about anything else I write about here on this site, thus I started the Food Geek column here. Not only do I love to try new restaurants and food items at familiar ones, I like to cook and help cook as well. But it’s not always easy, to find the right recipe, ingredients, etc, to do that, to be able to make something new and different that’s not just your standard fare. That’s where Blue Apron comes in.
Now, I’d heard about this service for a long time now, they advertise on a number of the podcasts I listen to on the regular, and I was intrigued, but never actually tried it out for myself until a few weeks ago, when a Facebook friend put out a post saying that they had some free meals from Blue Apron to give away, and I jumped on the chance in a heartbeat, to give my girlfriend (who loves to cook) and I something new to try out for a weekend.
Our first package was delivered on March 3, and contained the ingredients and the recipes to make Smoky Pork Burgers with Roasted Vegetables and Piquillo Pepper Sauce, Tangelo and Honey Glazed Salmon with Farro, Apple, and Crisp Rosemary, and Chicken Yakiniku with Sesame-Marinated Carrots and Garlic Rice.
I also downloaded their iOS app as well, which allows you to watch videos, try out new recipes, take pictures of your food with recipe headers to share to social media, and manage your account in general.
The first weekend of Blue Apron meals was spectacular. It was fun to help my girlfriend cook in the kitchen, and we both tried some new things. I never would have figured Rosemary and Apples would go together in a dish but it worked out perfectly. Also, I love Bok Choy now, never tried it before but it’s fantastic.
Also, let me mention that these ingredients you’re getting are all fresh, straight from their farms to you, so not only are you eating good, you’re eating better.
I had initially just intended to try out the free one and be done for now, as we have responsibilities and such, and Blue Apron is fantastic but it’s also a little pricey, at about $55 per week. But, if you factor this into your food budget it’s easily worked out, and on the app you can see which ones are coming next and cancel in advance for the next month until you can fit it into your budget or see a delivery that you really want to try out for yourself.
Due to my slip up, we had one more box to try, last week’s delivery with Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf with Crispy Potatoes, a Spicy Shrimp Coconut Curry, and Moroccan Chicken with Prunes and Brown Rice. We did the Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf last Friday evening and that was spectacular. We missed out on putting the Meatloaf spices into the mix, but with the Chipotle Ketchup topping alone it had enough of a kick to make it one of our favorite meals yet. We didn’t try the other two meals out, as we were kind of iffy on the prunes in the chicken and she’s not a curry fan though I love the stuff, so instead she combined the chicken and the shrimp into a dish of her own devising, a Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo with homemade Alfredo sauce that was phenomenal. So, that’s another option you have when it comes to the ingredients, use what’s given to you as inspiration to try out your own new things, like contestants on a cooking game show, use what they give you in your own way.
All in all guys, Blue Apron is a great value, and well worth adding into your food budget for your house if you like to cook or even just want to try cooking for yourself Blue Apron is the way to go to get started on trying something different. And, if anyone wants to try a free meal, I have 2 free deliveries to giveaway, so shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and I’ll get that out to you.