Blue Apron Meal Delivery Review


Rating: 9.6 / 10 (Excellent)
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Blue Apron is a nationwide meal delivery service that provides fresh ingredients and recipes for quick, simple, healthy, home-cooked meals. Customers are sent a refrigerated box or two, containing all the necessary ingredients for new recipes created each week. Instead of spending time on the shelf or in transit, the ingredients come straight from the farm to your door. Blue Apron’s culinary team develops new recipes every week, letting home chefs enjoy and discover new cuisines and cooking methods. 

About Blue Apron

Founded in 2012, Blue Apron is a nationwide fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service that helps home chefs everywhere create incredible meals in the kitchen in 40 minutes or less.  Each week customers receive a refrigerated box (or two) containing all of the ingredients they need including locally sourced produce and sustainably raised proteins. Boxes contain educational cards highlighting seasonal crops and supplier stories, and each set of ingredients corresponds with its own recipe card that has instructions, pictures, and helpful cooking tips.

Blue Apron’s culinary team works directly with farmers to turn local produce into delicious and healthy meals (only 500-800 calories per serving). Recipes are never repeated during the year, so customers can learn to cook a wide variety of culinary dishes and enjoy many different cuisines.

In addition to the recipe cards included with each delivery, Blue Apron also provides helpful online tools. From interactive recipe pages to how-to videos, customers can learn how to properly chop, mince, and improve their cooking techniques.

Ingredients

Blue Apron sources its ingredients from its network of suppliers and 100+ family-run farms who employ regenerative farming practices that preserve the soil for future use. The farmers and ranchers raise animals with respect and without any added hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics.

Many of Blue Apron’s direct relationships offer USDA certified organic ingredients.  They work closely with their suppliers to ensure that their quality standards are met.

All the seafood is sourced from sustainable fisheries. These are rated green (Best Choice) or yellow (Good Alternative) by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, a non-profit organization that is a highly respected authority on seafood sustainability.

Meal Subscription Services

2-Person Plan

  • Delicious meals for two
  • 3 recipes per week
  • Free shipping
  • Cancel any time

Family Plan

  • Family-style meals for family of four
  • Can choose between 2 or 4 recipes per week
  • Free shipping
  • Cancel any time

How Much Does It Cost You?

 

2-Person Plan

Family Plan

(2 recipes per week)

Family Plan

(4 recipes per week)

Price per serving

$9.99

$8.74

$8.74

Weekly total

$59.94

$69.92

$139.84

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Vacuum sealed meats
  • Neatly packed premeasured ingredients
  • Refrigerated box
  • Recipes with step-by-step instruction and color photos

Shipping and Delivery

Blue Apron provides free shipping for all of their meal plans. As a consumer, it’s simple:  sign up on their website, enter email + zip code, and select a delivery day. Tracking details are sent weekly to each customer’s email to view the status of their order.

Support Services

  • Telephone (Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern Time)
  • Email

Final Thoughts on Blue Apron

Blue Apron gets the top spot on our list for the best meal delivery service with its weekly unique recipes prepared by its culinary team and the sheer quality of their ingredients. Many of their ingredients are certified by the USDA as organic. Blue Apron’s direct relationships with farmers mean produce is picked at peak freshness, with minimal time in transit.  Home chefs can enjoy higher quality ingredients at a better value than they can find at their local grocery store.  Blue Apron’s innovative technology allows farmers to have a guaranteed demand for their harvest, allowing them to better plan crop rotations to grow specialty ingredients, which improves their livelihoods in the process.

Their pre-prepared and premeasured ingredients, step-by-step cooking instructions with cooking tips, makes incredible meals a breeze for any home chef. Overall, Blue Apron hits all the marks, which makes their meal delivery service a perfect choice for home chefs.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Customer Comments & Reviews

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Marcella
San Antonio, Texas
6/27/2017
So far I'm not to happy. I went to the site and thought it was weird that you have to give your credit card number before you could even see your choices with this program. Then within minutes I tried to cancel my account and they had already charged my card and told me that they could not refund my order. When I called they said they would refund my money but it could take up to 7 days. This all happened in less that 10 minutes and I feel like it's poor customer care. And to cancel your account is ridiculous. For an account that has record of your credit card number you should have more options to cancel your account.


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Brad D
Portland, Oregon
4/30/2017
We enjoyed Blue Apron for several months. We decided to cancel this weekend, due to their policy of so-called free dinners for friends. I tried to send a free dinner to my aunt in Florida. I told it was free, and that they would want you to sign up, etc., but to just enjoy the food, and if she liked it, to join up. I was so embarrassed when she wrote me back and said that Blue Apron required her to give them them her account number before they would send the food. We felt this to be very rude, and "SNEAKY" to get people to have a so-called FREE DINNER. Blue Apron, you really dropped the ball on this one, and I'm sure you'll bury this one in a pile of others.


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Vickie
Lisle, Illinois
2/9/2017
After being very happy with my first 2 deliveries, I never received my third delivery. I never received a notice that my delivery would be missed and the answer I received was less than clear, even though they sent me a refund. I would prefer a more direct answer before I determine if I will do business with them again.


Alan S
Belleville, New Jersey
10/19/2016
My wife ordered us Blue Apron because we've been so busy with work and trying to get everything in order. Plus, neither of us are really good cooks. This was the perfect program to help us be able to learn how to cook and make decent meals. I know I was tired of take out and so was she!!



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  • Weekly Original Recipes 
  • Free Nationwide Delivery
  • Personalized Menus
  • Animals Raised Without Any Added Hormones or Sub-Therapeutic Antibiotics
  • Farm-Fresh Ingredients
  • Interactive Recipe Pages
  • Quick Cooking Tutorials Available
  • Cancel Any Time