HelloFresh Service Review
In a nutshell, they offer a meal delivery service that will deliver a box of pre-measured ingredients for specific recipes to your doorstep, ready for you to assemble and cook into a delicious meal. You choose what you want to eat and when via their website or app, and they send you everything you need to make the meal — including instructions.
All you need to have in the kitchen are pots, pans, utensils, salt and pepper, and a good cooking oil. There are a variety of plans to choose from: the Regular, Family, or Veggie plans.
You will need to subscribe with an email account and a password as well, though you can cancel any email subscriptions you receive at any time for no cost. From there, you must provide your information. This includes your name, address, phone number, and most importantly, the zip code so they can determine how soon they can deliver to you.
You can pay with either credit card or paypal. They accept Visa, Discover, Mastercard and American Express credit cards.
Finally, select the type of meals that you would like to have delivered to your home. You can customize the delivery from here to fit your convenience and needs. You are not locked in once you sign up, either, in case you want to cancel. However, you must tell them a week or so in advance before the cutoff date, or you will have to pay for another week. Keep in mind that you will automatically be charged on a weekly basis.
You can skip a week if the cost isn’t something you want to make a part of your weekly costs, but you don’t want to cancel the service completely. Again, make sure you do this before the cutoff date - you can even plan to skip a week up to eight weeks in advance.
Is it organic?
Largely, no. Their focus is more on getting people to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. Some of the meal plans do include organic ingredients, but it is by no means standard. They do mark allergens on all their recipes, but as of yet they do not offer specific plans tailored to those with food allergies. They also mark all of the nutritional information on the recipes.
When Can You Have Meals Delivered?
HelloFresh will deliver any day of the week, compared with some delivery services which will only deliver within a smaller four day span. You don’t even need to be home - the packaging will keep your ingredients fresh until you return, and if they don’t, they will offer a replacement.
Is Their Packaging Recyclable?
For the most part, yes. HelloFresh has an entire page on recycling, and even contains a few suggestions for re-using their boxes. They also work with their suppliers to make sure that their ingredients are as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. They do tend to overpackage their ingredients (ex. One bag per clove of garlic), which can work a little against them here.