Blue Apron Subscription Box Review & Coupon – July 2017

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Blue Apron is a subscription box for making great meals at home. If you’re like me, you periodically find yourself in a serious cooking rut. You make the same things every week, but the thought of researching a recipe and acquiring all of the ingredients is just too much work. Blue Apron is the solution! Each week, Blue Apron sends you a refrigerated box with all the fresh ingredients you need to make the included recipes. You can select the 2-person plan – 3 meals a week of 2 portions each – or the family plan – 2 to 4 meals a week of 4 portions each. The menus are set, but you can ask Blue Apron to avoid ingredients you don’t eat – shellfish and lamb, in my case.

We got the Family Plan for 2 meals. I set the delivery date and it arrived right on time, securely packaged in a heavy-duty box. All of the ingredients are wrapped in an adorable insulated blanket and cooled with ice packs. Mine took a day to arrive and sat on my porch for 3 hours, and everything was perfectly cool inside.

Someone was excited that the Blue Apron box had arrived.

Pricing: 2-Person Plan – $59.94 for 3 recipes. Family Plan (serves 4) – $69.92 for 2 recipes, $139.84 for 4 recipes. 

DEAL: Save $30 on your first order! Use this link – no coupon code required!

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The meat is at the bottom, surrounded by still-frozen gel ice packs. The beef was double-bagged in extra ziptop bags, so no concerns about leakage. The produce was all in good shape this month, plus we got a little bonus info on watermelon.

Onto the meal! Fontina Cheeseburgers with Rosemary Oven Fries and Basil Aioli, mmmm.

My family needs no excuse to eat a cheeseburger, but the Fourth of July is as good of one as any!

As usual, all of the ingredients were included. Blue Apron does a great job of sending you just the amount you need for the recipe, so you don’t waste anything; nor do you have to think about how much to add to the recipe.

Each recipe comes with these easy-to-follow instructions. Even if you are new to knife skills, you will be able to do everything on this list. The prep time on this one was about right, but always make sure to check your meat’s internal temperature with a thermometer instead of just relying on the cooking time. I like mine pretty well-done, at 160 degrees.

Included in the box is the meal’s nutrition facts. I think it’s nice to have a ballpark idea of how this meal fits into my daily nutrition.

This meal was straightforward to make. 475 is a touch high for roasting potatoes in my oven, so I went with 450.

Easy prep for this meal. Sure, you probably know how to make a hamburger without a recipe, but the little extras that Blue Apron includes, like the basil aioli, make the meal feel special.

The meat was a nice, dense grind and the cows were pasture-raised, so you don’t have to feel (as) guilty about eating another living creature. And, yes, that’s a Blue Apron wine subscription bottle over there. My Sangiovese went great with this meal.

I cooked these on an electric griddle because I could do everything in one spot, but a regular pan would do just fine.

This was an easy and much-appreciated Saturday dinner. Everyone liked it, even the boy who is squeamish about meat in general. The basil aioli could have benefited from a little more time to settle, but it was still a tasty addition to the burger. Thumbs up.

Hey, did you know that Blue Apron has a wine program now? It’s super easy to match your wine to your meal, like that tasty Sangiovese I had with the burgers.

It’s nice to not have to decide “what’s for dinner” all the time. Overall, Blue Apron has been enjoyable and gets us out of our boring dinner routine. Honestly, you can forget how fun cooking can be. Interesting ingredients, easy recipes, and delicious food. We can’t wait to see what we get next time!

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  • El

    Hi, Dawn! Yes, there was plenty of meat for 4 burgers–it was a full pound of beef. The buns were large challah rolls so they may have looked big relative to the meat. I’ve always found the protein servings sufficient from Blue Apron; the veg has occasionally been small, but never the meat. 2 recipes came with my box, but my photo backup system ate one of the recipe reviews, so only one made it online. The Blue Apron customer service is excellent, in my experience. Have a great day!

  • Dawn S

    It does not seem like there was a ton of meat for 4 burgers….it is dwarfed by the bun. Have you found the protein portions to be small compared to the starches and carbs?
    Also did they only send you 1 recipe this week? Was that a shipping error on Plated fault? If so how was the customer service?