I listen to a lot of podcasts and have basically been bombarded with Hello Fresh adverts for what feels like forever. Clever marketing. It has finally worked. A mixture of feeling lazy and slightly malnourished made me sign up.
The initial sign up process is very simple and the half price first two week offer makes it even more tempting. There’s a good selection of meals to choose from, some at additional cost. I don’t know why I’m explaining how Hello Fresh works. I’m guessing anyone who has listened to anything anywhere knows the drill.
My box arrived this morning, along with a nice little parcel from ASOS. Two birds, one DPD driver. First box impressions were pretty good. Three paper bags, three meal cards and an insulated bag of the fridge instantly produce. Nice and simple. What a shame it doesn’t cook itself, or wash up after.
My first Hello Fresh meal. Red Thai prawn curry. Slightly confused why my number 6 bag says for 4 people. I’m 1 person and wanted to cook 2 portions. Not the end of the world, doubling up shouldn’t be an issue. There were only 2 portions worth of prawns though which is a bit of an annoying portion issue.
Ready. Steady. Cook. Second slightly annoying thing, the garlic was missing from my ingredients. Luckily I had some in the cupboard but it should have been there.
The instructions are pretty straight forward and good for a fairly novice chef shouldn’t cause too much stress. New recipes do tend to stress me out ever so slightly but that could just be me.
For a company that advertises they provide exact measurements to avoid waste, I was quite surprised to see some of the measurements where fractions of things. I suppose they’ll be using the same ingredients for multiple recipes but when they don’t have resealable lids it doesn’t seem ideal.
Back to the cooking. Not really any issues except I’m pretty sure I burnt the rice and I’ve never cooked with lemongrass so who knows how that works.
The smell of this pan. Amazing. The taste. Pretty damn good. For my first Thai red curry, I’m fairly proud of myself. I did have slight flashbacks from the time I cooked with thyme not realising you had to take the leaves off the twigs, I am not confident at all about my lemongrass game.
On the whole I can’t say I’m mad about this at all. Tasty and enough for tomorrow’s lunch. Perfect. The individual packaging does seem a little bit problematic, all the plastic waste and all that. The price as well is a bit questionable, full price that is, discount price seems very reasonable.
I’d say I’m currently on the fence about whether I’d carry on with the service but I’m certainly willing to give it a few more tries. Has anyone else tried any recipes before? What did you think?