*ADDENDUM: Earlier today I posted this blog with incorrect information. The company I used was Home Chef and NOT HelloFresh. So, as you read any references towards HelloFresh should be redirected to Home Chef* -Toya
Around this time last year, I had been bombarded with the idea that meal kit services could make my life easier. Whether it was from online ads, TV commercials, or just friends falling in love with these types of services, the idea was constantly being thrown my way.
To be able to go online, pick out the food that I wanted for the week, and wait several days for it all to be delivered to my front door almost felt too good to be true.
Of course, I eventually had to give it a try. Besides, I hate wondering “What’s for Dinner?” However, by this time, there were so many meal kit services out on the market that advertised on being healthy and quick, I really didn’t know which way to turn. Eventually, I chose to go with Home Chef. One, because I was given a referral code from a friend and two, because I was given a referral code from a friend!
I waited anxiously for about a week until my box arrived promptly at my front door. I loved that part of the service. Inside the box were two meals that I had previously handpicked via the website with everything that I needed. So far, so good!
I loved the recipe sheets. Home Chef even included a binder to keep all of your recipes together. I thought that was a great idea and I was really excited about that.
Everything was packaged nicely and kept cool with the provided ice packs in the box. Next it was time to prepare the meals.
Here is where the tables began to turn:
- The number one marketing tactic around all of the meal kit services available today is about saving time. So when I saw that I literally had to hand chop all of the vegetables, immediately, I knew no time was going to be saved on this particular day. One of the meals I had selected consisted of pico de gallo…I had to literally chop the onion, tomato, the lime, the peppers and mix it all together. Sweetheart, I can buy this already made and chopped for me over in the produce section at my nearest Kroger. That saves me time.
- The other reason why Home Chef wasn’t for me is because it wasn’t enough food for my family. Thankfully, I was just feeding two of us that night. My fiancé and myself. But on a regular night, kids are in the mix. So if, this meal that should have served at least 3 was barely enough for two, I couldn’t see how this would be beneficial for my family.
- With these meal kit services, it’s one of those deals where you’ll automatically be charged weekly for however many meals you’ve signed up for. You can go in each week to either cancel your meals with no additional charge or to swap the default meals of the week for a different choice. I wasn’t oppose to any of this but I also wasn’t fond of it. It’s just another thing I have to remember to do that’s already attached to my debit or credit card.
Because of these three reasons, I decided not to order again from Home Chef, or from any other meal kit service company. Sure, I could have increased my servings per meal but I didn’t think it was worth it. It saddens me that I wasn’t in loved with it because I truly loved the idea of being able to plan my meals out a head of time AND home deliveries to my front door would have been the icing on the cake. But, my high expectations were not met. I cancelled or suspended my services all together. I didn’t have time to be going in each week to cancel my order, besides I knew I would never order again. So back to the everyday question of, “What’s for dinner?” Ugh!!!!
Perhaps you have a different perspective than I do? If you’ve ever ordered from a meal service company before, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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