Hello Fresh is a service that provides fresh produce, herbs, spices, and meat to make select meals that you choose online. You can choose a plan for three, four, or five meals a week either for two people or for a family of four.
Everything comes packed in a cooler right to your door ready to prepare. The ice packs and the cooler keep it all fresh. You just unpack, place what needs to be kept cold in the refrigerator and you are all set.
The promotion I took advantage of was for three meals for two people. The regular price for this is usually $59.94. I paid $29.94 with this promotion. I chose Honey Mustard Chicken, Thyme and Honey Pork Chops, and Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner.
I eagerly awaited my Hello Fresh box due to arrive today. The box arrived early this afternoon. Little Bear was more excited that I was. She danced around as I opened the box.
The first thing that I saw were three huge recipe cards:
Thyme and Honey Pork Chops over Couscous with a Peachy Salad
Honey Mustard Chicken with Roasted Potatoes, Zucchini, and Onion
Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner with Cheesy Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes
Let's peek inside the bags!
Thyme Honey Pork Chops Dinner
Honey Mustard Chicken Dinner
White Wine Vinegar
Whole Grain Mustard
Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner
Fresh Mozzarella Parsley
Looks delicious, doesn't it!
After I peeked in the bags (and took my pictures), I put away the ingredients. I then removed the ice packs to check out the meat. The instructions said that the meat was underneath the ice. I was very pleased that everything was still cold.
I noticed that the vacuum packed meat was not terribly vacuum packed. In fact, they were sealed very poorly. Chicken (for lack of a better term) juice was on the bottom of the ice packs and all over the packages of meat. Oh bother... I was so disappointed! I put the packages of meat in the sink, washed my hands, and then made a phone call.
I called Hello Fresh and explained the situation. Thankfully, the vegetables, fruit, herbs, seasonings, and cheese were not contaminated. Still, I really did not feel comfortable cooking/eating the meat since it was not sealed properly. They offered to send me three new meals next week. I said no thank you and requested a refund. After a few moments, they agreed to the refund and that was that.
I said goodbye to hello fresh. I'll stick to my grocery store, thank you very much.