Hello Fresh Meals
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Hello Fresh Meals when I decided to order their fresh food delivery service.
Was the quality of the food going to be good? Would it lose freshness during shipping?
And truthfully I was worried if the portion sizes would be big enough for me.
If you have read my other articles, you know that eating fresh whole foods is important to me.
Cooking fresh food is my jam. So, as you can expect, I was skeptical if the Hello Fresh meals and recipes would be up to my standards.
There were other doubts in my head as well.
In this article, I’ll discuss each of my doubts and why you shouldn’t worry about them if you try the service.
What Does Hello Fresh Say About Their Service?
Hello Fresh talks about three good reasons why you should try their service, go to www.hellofresh.com to see what they say about their service.
After trying their service, I can’t disagree with anything they say. It’s all true.
The quantity of food is excellent, and the portion size is good, in fact, I think the portions are bigger than suggested servings.
This article will also discuss the Hello Fresh meal plan, the great ordering & re-ordering process, and why Hello Fresh might have the best subscription service on the Internet.
If you want to see what the meals look like cooked, I wrote this post on the Hello Fresh Food.
Below is a special offer from Hello Fresh!
Also, here is another offer.
How the Fresh Food Service Works
After a simple sign up process, you have a choice of three Hello Fresh meals from the weekly menu of five meals.
Hello Fresh is a subscription service, so when you sign-up you will receive a box of fresh food from the Hello Fresh meal plan each Friday.
Here is the good thing.
You don’t have a long-term commitment.
Yes, you will receive a box each week, but only if you want it. You can postpone delivery indefinitely if you want.
Hello Fresh Meal Plans
There are three meal plans.
Classic Box for Omnivores
The Hello Fresh Classic Box meals have many ordering choices. You can order for 2 or 4 people, and meals for 3, 4, or 5 days for each individual.
Click the photo to go to the Hello Fresh webpage.
Veggie Box for Herbivores
The only choices for the Veggie Box are for 2 or 4 people and only for 3-days.
Click the photo to visit the Hello Fresh webpage.
Hello Fresh Family Box
The Family Box has ingredients for up to 4 people with 2 or 3 meals for each person.
Click the photo to visit the Hello Fresh webpage.
How the Ordering Works
The ordering process is simple.
- Hello Fresh creates a menu of five meals.
- You choose the meals you want.
- Hello Fresh delivers the meals the following week on Friday.
- You have your meals for the weekend or the beginning of the next week!
Hello Fresh will pick three default meals for you and send you an e-mail telling you what you will receive.
If you want to change the default menu, sign-in to your account and click the meal(s) you don’t want and click on the substitution to add it to your order.
It’s an easy process.
Timing of Orders
Refer to the calendar for this discussion. The photo is of my Hello Fresh meal orders for April.
The delivery of your first order depends on what day you sign-up. Let’s say you sign up on April 9th.
You will place your first order by April 13th and will receive it on April 21st. You will also have to accept or modify your April 29th order by April 20th.
Only the first order is delayed more than a week depending on the day you sign-up.
Can’t Remember If You Ordered?
The Hello Fresh menu calendar also shows your order status.
You can see on the schedule above that the green line under the Friday dates of April 1st, 8th, and May 6th means I will receive an order on those days.
I don’t want meals for the weeks of the 15th, 22nd, and 29th, so I have postponed those deliveries. You can see this by the red line under the Friday delivery date.
Hello Fresh also does a great job of staying in touch with you by e-mail.
As long as you have them added to your contact list or have whitelisted their e-mail address you won’t have a problem knowing the status of your order.
How are Hello Fresh Meals Delivered?
Hello Fresh meals are delivered by next day UPS delivery service. Free!
The subscription price includes the cost of shipping in the subscription plan. No added cost to get the fresh produce to your home!
When Hello Fresh ships the package, you will get an e-mail with a UPS tracking code. You will also receive an e-mail when the package is delivered to your home by UPS.
For me, the packages have arrived no later than 4:18 pm.
The Hello fresh meals come in a sturdy corrugated cardboard box that is 17 1/2 by 12 1/2 by 9-inches. According to UPS, the box has weighed 14 pounds each time.
The box has never been damaged, not even the corners of the box. Below is a photo of the delivered box.
Inside the Delivered Box
Packing a Hello Fresh box is an engineering marvel.
Inside the box is a reflective aluminum coated bubble wrap bag to reflect any outside heat away from the food.
On top of the reflective bag are the Hello Fresh meals instructions and some coupons. These have always been dry.
Layers of Protection and Product
When you open the protective bubble wrap, you’ll see the Hello Fresh Meals.
Now, I have only ordered the two-person, 3-meal plan, so I don’t know what the packaging is on the other meal plans. I would assume they’re packaged as well if not better than the 3-meal plan.
So, in my case, you will see the three meals in separate cardboard boxes.
Under the Hello Fresh Meals
When you remove the Hello Fresh Meals, there’s a corrugated cardboard insert that separates the produce from the ice packs.
The ice packs are called Nordic Ice, and in all instances, they have arrived completely frozen.
How good are the packs?
Well, put the bags in the sink to allow them to melt and to have the condensation run down the drain. At noon the next day they were still cold and partially frozen.
These packs will keep your food cold!
Hello Fresh Meals
Ordering Hello Fresh meals is easy, the delivery is free, the prices per meal are low, but how are the meal choices?
I was pleasant surprised with the choices of meals available to me.
There is usually a choice of beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and rice or pasta dish without meat.
The recipes are great!
I discuss the recipes in Tired of the Same Old Food? The Hello Fresh Menu is Awesome!
What I like about the Hello Fresh meals and recipes is the use of fresh herbs and sauces. These bring the meal together!
As much as I like to cook good tasting food, I don’t like to buy herbs because I end up wasting half the bunch.
I hate being wasteful.
But with Hello Fresh meals, they include the right amount of fresh herbs for each meal, and those herbs boost the flavor of the food!
Same with sauces, I usually don’t make sauces because I don’t want to be bothered to do it.
However, Hello Fresh meals include all the ingredients you need to make great tasting sauces that just brings the meal together.
Since Hello Fresh contains the ingredients for the sauces, and the directions are simple to follow, there’s no reason not to make them.
Hello Fresh also includes the following (if needed for the meals you ordered), ketchup, mustard, mayo, soy sauce, garlic, shallots, onions, etc.
What Doesn’t Hello Fresh Include?
Some staple ingredients aren’t included in the box. But almost everyone has salt, pepper, butter, olive oil, and sugar in the kitchen.
What About Quantity of Food?
Again, I was surprised at the amount of food. When I opened my first box, I was a little worried. However, when I prepared the food, there was plenty.
Could I eat more, of course, I could. I have that problem, and this is another reason I like Hello Fresh meals, they provide me with enough food for a meal but not too much food that I over eat.
Although at first, I was worried about the volume of food, it wasn’t an issue as I was full after eating a Hello Fresh meal.
You Will Be Happy with Hello Fresh Meals
If I was happy with the meals provided by Hello Fresh you will be too!
I have a special introductory Hello Fresh meal plan subscription price for you. Use the code below and Save $25 on your first Hello Fresh box!
As well as this Monthly Special.
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