Home Chef Review | How it Compares to Blue Apron, Plated and Hello Fresh


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Imagine a world where you don’t have to be rich to have someone do your shopping for you.

I was at a party a while back and chatted with a woman about our shopping practices. The conversation started with her complimenting my attire. “Oh, I like your dress.” “Thanks, it’s from Forever 21.” I went on to ask where she got her heels. “Nordstrom. I hate to shop so I hire someone else to shop for me.” Yep. Not me. My shopping experiences entail persistence, sweating and several hours in the dressing room, only to be able to select two articles of clothing, due to my budget.

Some of you may be like me. You would LOVE to be catered to and hire a personal shopper, but you lack the cash. Although I do not have a resolution for clothes shopping, I do have one for grocery shopping! Enter Food Delivery Services.

Since 2012 Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Plated have pampered their patrons with food delivered right to their doorstep. In 2013 Home Chef came onto the scene, offering similar services. Each of these companies sends their subscribers one box each week, filled with fresh ingredients needed to make chef-designed recipes. An exorbitant amount of time is saved each week, since these companies eliminate grocery shopping, finding new recipes, meal planning, and portioning.

Luckily for you, I have tried and reviewed (click names to read) Blue Apron, Plated, Hello Fresh, Peach Dish. Now I have the opportunity to review Home Chef and compare it to all of these companies, so that you can make an educated decision as to which one best serves your family’s needs.


The Basics

Price

  • All Home Chef meals are priced at $9.95 per serving.
  • Delivery is free for orders over $40, and they don’t charge sales tax. Shipping is $10 for orders less than $40.
  • Select any number of dinner meals (offers 10) for 2, 4, or 6 people.
  • Additional offers: one breakfast ($9.95/serving), one smoothie ($4.95/serving) or one fruit basket ($4.95/serving)
  • They offer many promotions in magazines, on Facebook or search “Home Chef” promo codes online. I got my first box for $29.70 for two people with a 50% off coupon.
  • Active subscribers have access to a referral program, where you can earn credit for every referral that signs up with Home Chef. Both you and your reference will receive a $30 credit.

Delivery

  • They currently deliver to 60% of the United States and do no specify exactly where.
  • Sends weekly deliveries Tuesday through Friday.
  • You can select the day of week that’s most convenient for you.
  • Delivery day options will vary according to where you live.
  • You can skip weeks according to your availability or interest in the menu.

Menu

  • 10 dinner recipes offered, choose any that you want.
  • They will offer suggestions based on your preferences but you can remove those from your cart very easily.
  • Additional offers: one breakfast ($9.95/serving), one smoothie ($4.95/serving) or one fruit basket ($4.95/serving)
  • Create a Diet Profile: Omnivore, Meat, Seafood, Pescatarian, Vegetarian and Vegan
  • Identify dietary preferences: ingredients to avoid, low-calorie or low-carb meals
  • Offers subscriptions for gluten-free and dairy-free also

More frequently asked questions: https://www.homechef.com/faq


The First Impression

Ingredients are Pre-portioned
Ingredients are Pre-portioned

A small square box arrived around 4:00 on a Wednesday night. The ingredients were organized in three separate bags, with labels identifying the recipe’s name. The meat was packaged in vacuumed sealed bags and remained separated from the recipe bags. Within each bag, the ingredients were pre-portioned and labeled in their own designated container or bag. The fresh fruit and vegetables were whole and preparation directions were outlined clearly on the recipe card. Above is an example of the Cuban-Style Pork Chop ingredients that were removed from their bag.

Front of Recipe Card
Front of Recipe Card

Each meal has a recipe card. The front of the recipe card has a final photo of the meal, along with an explanation of the dish’s flavor profile and a picture of the chef who created the dish.

Back of Recipe Card
Back of Recipe Card

On the back of the card, the top section has a written list of the ingredients, measurements, what you’ll need (like salt and pepper), preparation time, calories per serving and other dietary information. It also includes a drink pairing suggestion, which is unique to Home Chef only. The rest of the card is dedicated to teaching the home cook how to make the meal with step-by-step directions and photos. The last photo describes how to plate the dish.


The Taste Test

Thai Fish Cakes
Thai Fish Cakes with Cilantro-Lime Slaw

Thai Fish Cakes with Cilantro-Lime Slaw | This was an incredible low-calorie meal that was bursting with flavor. Fresh ginger, fish sauce, cilantro and chili powder took me on a journey to Thailand. The fillets of Tilapia were first roasted, then shredded and lastly pan-seared to create a crunchy exterior. The finishing sauce was Sriracha, for those of us who like it spicy! The Cilantro-Lime Slaw was crunchy and refreshing, complementing the tender fish cakes. After eating this dish, I immediately tucked away the recipe so that I could create it again. The ingredients such as panko, lime, mayonnaise and garlic are simple, but when combined, the punch of flavor will shock you. This recipe was only 521 calories per serving. Yet ours was less, as I substituted regular mayonnaise for low-fat mayo found in our refrigerator. Each of us had two huge fish cakes, which were appropriately filling. The drink pairing for this meal was chilled Thai beer, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Con: None.

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Hearty Steak and Goat Cheese Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette and Pepitas

Hearty Steak and Goat Cheese Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette and Pepitas | This was a substantial salad. The tender sirloin steaks, cooked to medium-rare, melted in our mouths. The goat cheese added a zing of creaminess, while the shallots offered a hit of garlicky flavor. The Champagne Vinaigrette was another recipe that you had to make yourself. For me, this was my favorite part because there is nothing like fresh homemade dressing. This dressing included Dijon mustard, champagne vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper. It was light and flavorful with a burst of acidity. At only 677 calories per serving, my husband and I were extremely full without the guilt. The drink pairing suggestions included Pinot Noir, Cabernet or Chilled Chardonnay.

Con: Yes, this is a salad that you can easily make on your own without the help of a food delivery service or recipe. It was one of many that I could choose from, but knowing that we wanted a low-carb meal, I chose according to our diets.

Cuban-Style Pork Chop with Ensalada de Aguacate and Citrus-Caramelized Onions
Cuban-Style Pork Chop with Ensalada de Aguacate and Citrus-Caramelized Onions

Cuban-Style Pork Chop with Ensalada de Aguacate and Citrus-Caramelized Onions | This was another hearty and healthy meal. The Cuban-Style Pork Chop was marinated in an orange juice and citrus blend that complimented the smoky sear from a prepared spice blend. Ensalada de Aguacate is Spanish for Avocado Salad. The baby arugula was delightful in this salad, as it added a peppery bite. Lastly, we enjoyed the caramelized onions because they were sauteed with the orange-citrus marinade that was also used for the pork. This meal was 501 calories per serving and its drink pairings include Cuban-style beer or rum cocktails.

Con: The salad only had a squeeze of lime to dress it, so I added extra virgin olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar. In my opinion, they should have used the orange-citrus marinade to create a vinaigrette, as this salad was dry without it.


The Final Say

First things first, you probably want to know how all the prices of these companies compare. Blue Apron and Hello Fresh only allow you to choose three meals per week, whereas Plated and Home Chef let you choose as many meals as you want. Plated however, has a minimum of 4 plates. Home Chef has no minimum of meals, but you will pay $10.00 for shipping if you do not meet a $40.00 total. Below is a chart of prices for a box of three dinners for 2 people, avoiding all the minimums, shipping fees and choices, so that you can have a relative comparison.

Company Name Prices: Three meals for 2 people
Blue Apron $59.94
Hello Fresh *

 

$69.00 (omnivores)

$59.00 (herbivores)

Plated $72.00
Home Chef $59.70

*Prices have been raised since June 2015 when this review was written. Prices were updated March 2016 *

Now for each of these, I used promotional codes that were offered to new subscribers. If you are interested in trying one or all of these companies, I would suggest liking them on Facebook to receive their promotions. Also you can search for these codes online. If you do not want to continue your service, remember to cancel your subscription so that your account is not charged each week. Each service allows you to skip weeks so that you are able to control what you are eating and how often a box arrives.

As far as calories go, Plated and Blue Apron boast meals in the range of 550-700 calories per serving. However, Hello Fresh had two of three meals in the 800-calorie range (click the blue name to see the meals) . From the Home Chef meals that I selected (see above photos), the range of calories was 510 to 677. Yet, when looking online at all the options, there were recipes in the 900-1000 calorie range.

Home Chef allows you to choose from 11 recipes, including one breakfast, and Plated has you choose from 8 recipes including an $18-$24 Chef’s Table special. With these two companies, you have more of a variety to choose from. Blue Apron offers 6 recipes for a 2-Person Plan and 4 for a Family Plan. Hello Fresh offers 5 recipes for the Classic Box and 3 for the Veggie Box.

Taste-wise, Hello Fresh and Home Chef were phenomenal. However, for Hello Fresh I chose Fried Won Tons and Swedish Meatballs, both unhealthy options. They were extremely flavorful and exciting to make, but as a health conscious foodie, I would not make those decisions every week. Furthermore, Home Chef allowed me to choose low-calorie meals that were delicious! We savored each bite and enjoyed the guilt-free meals. I was impressed at how flavorful the Thai Fish Cakes were, given that the meal was only 521 calories! When we ate our Blue Apron meals, we threw out the Rice and Beans and only ate half of the Jambalaya. They were flavorless. Still overall, Blue Apron had the most unique ingredients, which was a perk for a foodie like me. To see all the meals we cooked and tasted click on the company’s name: Plated, Blue Apron and Hello Fresh.

My final ruling is that Home Chef is a worthy contender to Blue Apron, Plated and Hello Fresh. Not only is it the most affordable of the four companies, Home Chef offers the most recipes and dietary options. Additionally, Home Chef includes a breakfast, smoothie and fruit basket option that no other company offers. Home Chef also offers gluten-free and dairy-free subscriptions. When I asked Blue Apron and Plated about this, both said that their ingredients are prepared in facility that stores and processes items containing gluten. They also said to use your best judgment when selecting meals. Hello Fresh did not reply. Overall, Home Chef’s meals were excellent and healthy. The runner up is Hello Fresh (click to read full review).

Now the choice is up to you. If you are in a good food mood and want to be pampered, let one of these food delivery services cater to your needs. Please post questions, pictures or comments, I love knowing about your experiences!

Read my Try the World review for an international foodie experience.

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Author: A Common Connoisseur

My name is Maria! I'm a vibrant Italian American with a zest for life. I am also a major glutton. Join me on my journey to diverse restaurants and in my kitchen, as I eat and cook my way through flavory fare. I am no expert, which is why I am merely a Common Connoisseur.

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  1. Fantastic reviews, hopefully I can still ask you a ques. My family consists of my hubby and I plus teen daughter. We are all medium to small eaters, frequently split restaurant meals. Are the Home Chef portions such that the 3 of us could share 2 meals? Maybe with extra salad or sides from home added?

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    1. Priscilla- this is what my family does and it works 75 per cent of the time. Sometimes eg turkey chili the portions are precisely for two people

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      1. Thanks so much for that tip! My human food disposal (20 year old son) is leaving shortly for a job in California :(, I’ll have to try it after he leaves.

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  2. Just finished our first meal that Home Chef sent. I’ll be honest, when I unpacked it, it look skimpy and I knew my husband probably wouldn’t be satisfied and might eat the left over pizza from yesterday. So happy that I was wrong. No only was it portioned perfectly, he RAVED about how good it was ( we had the herb/feta encrusted salmon). Quality of the fish was really outstanding–and we are super fussy about that. Yummy!!!

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    1. I know these type of services are great for some people and certain life styles. My husband and I have great jobs, modest house, and two kids, one soon to be in college. For your average American family, I can’t believe this is budget friendly. I generally spent 150 to 200 a week on groceries. 40 dollars a meal just for supper every night???? Again, I realize it’s not meant for everyone. I will stick with my Wegmans!!!

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      1. we spend much less money using these services as there is so little waste. Really have saved money on this, for a family of 2. Have been using Hello Fresh for over a year.

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  3. I received my first box for 4 servings of 3 dinners. I was excited to jump right in and get cooking! So far I have had spoiled tomatoes, rotten green beans, petrified thyme and brown cauliflower. Not what I ordered nor expected for $ 35 bucks a meal. I wrote an email with photos and am waiting for a response. There is no “canceling” your account, it can only be “paused “. Oh and because I didn’t tell them BEFORE Friday–theven day my box arrived in am stuck for another week of delivery. I certainly hope the company won’t for that on me. I will never try a service like this again. I would rather wade through a grocery store with crying kids, angry parents all day every day!

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      1. Priscilla this was Home Chef, but I have also compared it to other companies. You absolutely can cancel the account, you just need to contact them via their website and cancel. Hope this helps.

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  4. I’ve tried a lot of the services as well. Home Chef is the worst for sending spoiled food. And late delivery that supposedly guaranteed. So far I’ve had moldy bread, hot meat that supposed to be frozen, damaged and rotten vegetables. It’s a shame, because their recipes are the simplest and most likely to be repeated. I really really wanted them to work out due to their menu choices and online options. Little to no response from their customer service. Blue Apron has unique items (that may be hard to find in your local grocer depending on where you live) and meals that take forever to prep and cook. Great customer service. Hello Fresh has great customer service, ingredients were always fresh and ho hum menu, but it saves time. I think I’m going to try a few more. Again, I had high hopes for Home Chef but unless you are next door to them, don’t waste your money.

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    1. I’m having a similar experience. I really want to be a promoter of Home Chef because when it all goes right, it’s fantastic. However, over the course of six weeks, I have found some vegetables to have arrived moldy and just last night, I had to throw away the horribly spoiled chicken fillets (thankfully I had some others in the freezer so was able to continue with the planned meal).

      And forget about hoping your ingredients will keep longer than the recommended week before preparing. That’s one advantage to store bought groceries- I can pick items at the beginning of their freshness curve, not at the end (I suspect services like these utilize Aldi’s type business model to keep costs down). Why is this important? Let’s face it, we subscribe to these services because we all are trying to save some time due to overly busy and ever-changing schedules and sometimes, you’re left not able to prepare the meal on the evening you had hoped. So it gets bumped a night or two. Don’t bump it too many days or you will have done exactly what their selling point stated- thrown away spoiled food and wasted your money.

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  5. I tried Home Chef for several weeks and, for the most part, all veggies were fairly fresh and the frozen items well packed in ice. I chose them because they offered two days of meals instead of three days required by the others. They only delivered in my area on Wednesday which I found inconvenient and they charge $10 “per serving”, i.e. $20 per meal plus shipping. The amount of food per serving was adequate for two ladies in their 70’s but I doubt it would do for younger people – particularly a hungry man. I found the volume of packing to be annoying and a nuisance to dispose of. I enjoyed the menu cards and the preparation of the food. The food was generally tasty – but nothing mind blowing. In stead of home delivery for my area, however, where we have numerous grocers who offer organic and non-hormone injected meat/chicken, I would prefer that items necessary to prepare the meal be assembled locally. Customers could drop by, pick up a sack of groceries and dispense with all the packing and shipping as well as an inconvenient delivery time and shipping charges. I wonder if these companies have considered partnering with local grocers who already have a staff busily chopping and packaging vegetables and fruit.
    I like the idea of having everything ready to chop and cook and of relieving me of planning menus, but I’m now trying out a new deli in the area who also offers organic meals with no additives – and at a very reasonable price.

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    1. Kathleen, check to see if you have a Dream Dinners or Supper Suppers in your area. These are places where you go in and assemble meals after all the ingredients have been chopped/prepared for you. Many are available to just pop in the oven or dump out of a gallon ziplock baggie into a skillet. You signup ahead of time online for the number of meals and which meals you want. It can take a couple of hours but then almost no time at all at home for the meal prep & clean up. We’ve used both of those in the past. We just tried two weeks of Blue Apron. I liked our meals, but they took about twice the time to make as the recipe stated and there was so much clean up. Still on the fence of trying Home Chef or another meal delivery place.

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  6. First of all I love home chef, I like the variety, the low carb options, etc. however there customer service leave something to be desired. Our order didn’t arrive, we checked the tracking and it was still at the delivery hub, next update “returned to shipper”, so emailed home chef got dunning reply, thought well maybe next day it would be reshipped. Nothing, no response to email, no food, nothing. For three days, no response. Not happy with customer service at all. Hopefully it’s such a rare thing they aren’t equipped to respond. Didn’t feel it mattered to them much

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  7. I just prepared my second meal with Home Chef and the food was outstanding. Ingredients were fresh and portions were perfect. I couldn’t be happier with the service.

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    1. I just prepared our first meal, Chicken Dijon. My chicken was like rubber, while my husbands was fine. The dijon sauce was also scant. so far, no impressed!

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  8. I just filed a Paypal dispute against HomeChef. I was made to pay before even seeing what the meals are!! The selection is few, and the ONE meal that had ingredients I liked, I could not order more than one of. WTF? So, am I supposed to order meals with ingredients / vegetables I hate? I think not. If you had let me SEE the meals BEFORE paying I would not have gone to the trouble of joining, I would not have left a bad review, would not tell my friends that I think it’s a scam! But… that was not the case. They make the client PAY FIRST, then see the product.

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    1. I have to agree with you HomeChef is a rippoff and I will be filing an official complaint with Attorney General in Florida. Those scammy practices of charging you outstanding fees for close to zero values have to stop! this is in minimum false advertisement which is a criminal conduct in most us states where you engage in business (not to mention wire fraud to pay for something that is not delivered as described).

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    2. Kevin, I’m wondering if you are talking about a service other than HomeChef. I have had them for 3 months. Each week before you pay, you pick from a selection of 10 meals . The only time you would get a meal you didn’t choose yourself is if you didn’t go to the website and pick them, in which case they would pick for you based on preferences you have set up. I have changed mine almost every week. I have been over the top pleased with them. The only issue I have had is a couple of times my fresh vegetables have come a little close to the ice packs leaving them a little wilted,
      I also wonder about your statement of “joining”. There are no fees to “join” either you order or you don’t. The only way there could be confusion there is, you do set it up to deliver and charge automatically, so if you do nothing, you get meals and charged. But they send emails letting you know it is time to pick (or opt out for that week).
      Again, so far so good I love them.

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  9. Just FYI for anyone considering this CRAP MEAL DELIVERY SERVICE…I received my first order on a Wednesday at approximately 5 pm. I didn’t have time to cook that evening or the next. They charged my debit card for the next shipment FRIDAY AT NOON CENTRAL TIME. I hadn’t even had a chance to try anything at that point and had received it less than 48 hours prior.

    They didn’t exactly make this clear and they never even sent me a receipt or notification that I had been charged and would be receiving anything at all. I assumed I would have until at least Saturday morning to cancel. I don’t think it was unreasonable to expect I’d have an opportunity to try the food before being billed for more. The only reason I caught it is because I saw the transaction on my bank’s website. I emailed them immediately and they didn’t bother to respond until – conveniently – they said the order had been processed. Then they treated me like an idiot who doesn’t know how subscription services work.

    You’ve been warned. Oh, and the food from the first order was nothing great. If I’d paid $20 for that for two at a café, I would have been disappointed. Let alone $20 to make it and clean up myself. The morons also sent me flat leaf parsley instead of cilantro.

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    1. I have been using Home Chef for several months now and have rarely been disappointed with the service. I am eating more healthily than I have in years, been eating more vegetables, fruits, more variety and of course more beef because their steak recipes are so delicious. This weekend there was a problem with my shipment. I will find out soon what kind of customer service they have.

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    2. I had the same thing happen to me today….no mention and no recipet from homechef…I am calling customer service. I never ordered this box and am very upset and will never order from them again.

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  10. These comments are obviously staged by competitors. I’ve used Home Chef for two months & every item delivered has been fresh & tasty. A great selection of options.

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  11. Don’t do this. I had orders skipped until I return from vacation. They will send you meals whether you order them or not. Their site is very confusing which is likely the intent. An order was processed that I did not make. I had five weeks in a row skipped. It is set for delivery Friday. I called today (Monday) and told them I did not place this order. They refused to cancel or credit me. I am leaving for vacation Thursday. I will have rotting, decomposed food awaiting me on my doorstep when I return.

    Be careful. Be very, very careful.

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  12. I got my first Home Chef box today after trying (and liking) Blue Apron for several weeks. I read these types of complaints at all the companies’ FB sites. I’m sure some are legit. I’m sure some people just like to complain. I’m sure some people are just trying to scam the company to get credits and/or free meals. My experience has been nothing but positive for both companies (although only one HC box so far), including skipping weeks without being charged or sent an unwanted box. I found both websites easy to navigate, rules and directions (both ordering and cooking) easy to follow, and deliveries excellent. I liked HC’s packing a bit better than BA’s. All food was in excellent condition, absolutely nothing bad, rotten, or spoiled. I had *one* BA package of cherry tomatoes that came open during delivery and were all over my box, but only a few were damaged beyond use. I had *one* BA box that arrived a day late and BA’s customer service was excellent. They emailed me immediately letting me know of the issue and that they had instructed the delivery service to store the box in a cold area. The box arrived the next day cold and everything inside in perfect condition. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve made so far (some more than others, some I doubt I’d make again, others I want to make again and again). I love saving time by not shopping, I love trying new things that I might not otherwise because of cost (i.e. getting a pre-portioned tablespoon of sesame oil instead of buying a bottle at Walmart for $7). And I just love that it’s made me more interested in cooking. Can’t wait to try my first HC meal tonight: Salmon Cakes with Spinach Salad and Asian Sesame Dressing.

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  13. I tried Blue Apron for a couple of months and then Hello Fresh for a couple of months before Home Chef. There are things I like about all of them but Home Chef is by far the favorite for our family. Here are a few reasons why…

    1. Flexibility – It is easy to change your delivery date, serving size and meal choice.
    2. Meal Choice – Each week there are about 10 meals to choose from. It is also easy to tweak the default meals to accommodate certain allergies and preferences.
    3. Less exotic more familiar – occasionally it is kind of fun making meals with ingredients you never heard of and can’t pronounce but to do so on a regular basis is not. For me, one of the advantages of the meal delivery service is the learning experience. A new side dish, a new way of preparing something. I want to be able to go to the grocery store, buy the ingredients and make it again. If I can’t find the ingredients at a store near me, I can’t make it again.
    4. Better recipes – The bottom line for our family is we like the recipes better. With both Blue Apron and Hello Fresh many of the meals were great but there were also some that were just strange. Home Chef consistently provides choices that we are pleased with.

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  14. Just got my 1st delivery today and made my 1st meal from Home Chef. It tasted great. No spoiled food, easy packaging, simple to follow recipe. Can’t wait to try the next one.

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  15. This week was my first in ordering from Home Chef or any for that matter. I have friends that use them regularly, so I gave it a chance. I looked at all the other companies and I like HC menu the best. It came on time and I was excited to have a new meal I have never tried before. Love, love the flavor and fresh taste! I think I need a chef’s hat! Lol! Fun and easy except for clean up…I hate doing dishes. I will be trying another week.😃

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  16. I have used Home Chef for several months now. One time the mushrooms were moldy (but they had been delivered 3 days prior). We have loved every single meal so far. I chose them because of the interesting menu and Gluten Free options. I was looking for meals that were different but not too exotic. I have had no trouble with skipping weeks or billing. I do not know what the other reviews are talking about. My husband loves it too and has encouraged me to keep it up as long as I am enjoying it. I have love adding some new recipes and cooking techniques to my repertoire.

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  17. Thanks a lot for your review! It was so helpful! I just received my first box from Home Chef and was hoping I wasn’t missing on anything by choosing them instead of Blue Apron. I also just happened to get my fruit with this shipment and the pears were delicious! I don’t think I’ll be switching companies any time soon! I love not having to go to the grocery store and hunt for ingredients I don’t normally use!

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  18. You absolutely can see what your menu looks like with Homechef~ week before it’s delivered ! They send you an email – I get my email on Monday and I have until Friday at Noon CST to edit or cancel next week’s delivery. They DO “preselect” the meals (based on your preferences) but give you more than ample opportunity to change it. They usually pick 1 meal I would have picked myself but I usually end up switching up the second meal option. I also love that I can select fruit basket which qualifies me for Free shipping ! This is my 3rd month and it has been great

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  19. I’ve been buying meals from Home Chef for about a month now, and i have no complaints! Diverse meals, all ingredients and seasonings included, and i choose what i want and when i want it. If you do want to try it you can use my link to get a $30 DISCOUNT off your order. https://t.co/6DPCcgFlQg

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  20. my homechef produce was rotten. its november so it didnt over heat, they shipped rotten produce, and 4 days after it arrived, the next weeks order was finalized and shipped before i could cancel it.

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  21. We have used Home Chef for about six months now and we are over the moon excited about it! Every meal has,been wonderful. I’M NOT A FOODY AND I HATE THE GROCERY STORE AND I HATE TO COOK! Home Chef has changed our family meal scenario so radically and we are all so grateful! I no longer dread making meals!! THANK YOU HOME CHEF!

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    1. Love your comment, I identify! I’m not a foody either, I can’t imagine getting excited about being stuck in the kitchen for hours and then cleaning up. I may have to try Home Chef.

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  22. We are in our 3rd week of Home Chef. Everything that we have received has been packaged great. I have enjoyed trying to be a chef. So far most of the meals we have thoroughly enjoyed. A couple were very different. The instructions are very easy to follow. I like the menu cards with the instructions and pictures of what is should look like..ALL of my vegetables and meat have been fresh. My ONLY suggestion is . My husband is a very hearty eater and the portion sizes could be just a bit bigger. So I am going for a couple more weeks to see if I stay pleased with the service..
    Thank you Home Chef

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  23. This was the only company that accomdated my son’s nut allergy. Love the meals -recipes are easy to follow! Love it-saves me so much time being a working single mother of 3

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  24. I know these type of services are great for some people and certain life styles. My husband and I have great jobs, modest house, and two kids, one soon to be in college. For your average American family, I can’t believe this is budget friendly. I generally spent 150 to 200 a week on groceries. 40 dollars a meal just for supper every night???? Again, I realize it’s not meant for everyone. I will stick with my Wegmans!!!

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  25. I have a question for you and your readers…Is this experience enough to completely change the way you purchase food or do you perceive it more of a fad?
    I represent one of the many USDA Certified Organic small farmers who rely on local customers to purchase fresh produce from me on a weekly basis. The emergence of these CA companies delivering all over the US is concerning enough for me to research the motives. Is it convenience over freshness? Can you dismiss the concept of “knowing your farmer” and where your food comes from to continue this practice? Don’t you miss interaction with Farmers and friends at the market? From the looks of it, this trend is moving us away from having any need for a local food source and from supporting our local economy. I fear it is moving us in a direction that has consequences we have not yet realized. I appreciate your thoughts, as I am compiling information to present at our next Sustainable Agriculture Conference on this topic. Thank you.

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    1. I commented previously that the only real knock on this service I’ve found thus far is that I suspect ingredients are shipped that are at the later end of their expiration and as a result, some items have arrive moldy/spoiled/very low shelf life.

      Perhaps you can capitalize on this deficiency by seeing what ingredient offerings are out there and offer farm to table alternatives or at the least, offer “refiller packs.” This latter option might be worth exploring because several of their meals I’ve made I’m definitely interested in preparing again (and their meal prep cards make it fairly easy to assemble a grocery list to do just that).

      Thank you for your insight and concern.

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    2. Suzanne,
      I feel that your fears are well founded. I think in all aspects of our life we are becoming more automated and less socialized. In my case I switched from ordering pizza and Chinese food twice a week to HomeChef. For me there was no interaction with farmers and friends. Don’t get me wrong, I love to go to the farmers market and by fresh local food, but find it to be a luxury that I am able to achieve once every couple of months. Certainly not enough to make an impact. I know that there are a lot of people that shop that way, enjoying the experience and feeling the importance of supporting the local economy, but i think the number of these folks is shrinking rather than expanding.
      Michelle

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  26. Well, I’ve been with HomeChef for about 6 months or so now. I love the recipes, and I can tell that they use quality ingredients, however, I consistently receive meat that has browned, rotted, or leaked, and vegetables that have gone bad. Every time I notify them, they do give a $10 credit (on a $20 meal), however, it’s just happening too often, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to discontinue the service. A loss for me, because I really enjoy the menu and the concept along with the convenience of their service. I will try again in a year, after they’ve been in business a bit longer and hopefully improve before they lose too many customers / revenues.

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  27. I received my first order from Home Chef and was very impressed. However as I started the recipe for Teriaky Glaze Salmon it was missing the 2 heads of Bok Choy. I continued with the recipe omitting it and it was awesome without it. Every thing in the box was in great condition and am excited about receiving our next order.

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  28. Blue Apron is great. All the food is always packed right and fresh. I tried to check out Home Chef but felt the site itself was a scam because they told you nothing about the source or quality of their food. Did Not even show past menus ..just give us your credit card now. FU

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