This dinner delivery craze, HelloFresh, started in Sydney and we finally have it in my city now too. This Australian service sends you 3 to 5 meals a week, but not like Lite n Easy in frozen packets, instead you get sent fresh vegetables, proteins, herbs and spices with weekly recipe cards to prepare and cook your own dinners. Since my partner and I like cooking but get a bit lazy when it comes to recipe planning and shopping, we thought we’d try this service out. You can get 2 or 4 people options as well as a vegetarian option and additional juicing and fruit boxes.
In Adelaide we have only one delivery day option and that is Monday. It says between 10am and 6pm your box will be delivered. Basically, you have to give up your day it seems. I am at home full time while working on a thesis so it’s not bad for me. I’m not sure what you do if you can’t sign for the delivery. It was delivered by Fridgeit, a company with refrigerated trucks, obviously lol. I think I was about 10th on the signing sheet and the last person too. It turned up around 12:50pm. Since it comes with a little cold box for the items that need to stay cool maybe they will just leave it at the front door? Not sure. I thought it was really nice that the box was all custom with information on the inner flaps and the little cold box inside. They tell you what order you should eat the meat products for best freshness and also how to keep the herbs for the week. It came with a Welcome booklet explaining the recipe cards and other stuff. Plus the recipes and some vouchers for partner companies (books, wine, etc).
Emptying out the box we have all the fresh vegetables and pantry ingredients. They claim to source fresh items direct from local farms and like to be seasonal for that reason too. Everything seems fresh and firm.
Inside the brown paper bag was the smaller pantry goods of grains and spices! It’s nice that everything is the perfect amount for 2 serves so I don’t have a big bag of flaked almonds going to waste in the pantry afterwards. By the way, you want to buy purple looking garlic because it means they’re more local. Stark white garlic is usually from China.
The meat and cold items that were in the extra box. They’re local NSW companies using Australian products. I would’ve preferred meat from my own state but I understand that HelloFresh operates out of Sydney and would have connections to producers there instead. The only thing that weirded me out a little was the tomato paste being from USA… Otherwise everything seems fresh and have good best before dates: 26, 28, 29. When it was the 20th on the day I got this box.
An example of a recipe card. Pretty photography and design. The steps and ingredient amounts are on the flip side. Some of the steps have photos with them plus there’s a little factoid related to the recipe for dinner time conversation… “that’s neat!” /Monty Python reference.
The fresh ingredients don’t take up much room in my fridge lol. As always with food safety, keep meat on the bottom shelf in case it drips.These are vacuum packed so they should be fine but good to keep the habit. All the vegetables are in the crisper except for the packed leaves because.. I dunno haha. I didn’t want them to get too crushed.
I put the herbs in some water and now then whole kitchen smells like dill! They are green and fresh. Probably one of the better parts of the box because we all know how expensive herbs are just for a garnish or whatever. We tried growing herbs in our garden but I’m afraid I don’t have much of a green thumb! Well, they were going fine until a heatwave and then they all died haha.
This is the end of part 1 which details the box and what I received in it. Stay tuned for part 2 after I’ve cooked the three meals my box came with! This week we’ll be eating Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs, Pepper-Crusted Steak with Warm Potato Salad and North African Lamb Tagine. I’ll show you what it looked like all done, how it ate and my final opinion on this service and if I’ll be subscribing regularly!