I don’t do very many posts regarding meals or recipes, because it’s not really my thing. There are also plenty of bloggers and chefs sharing that sort of information. That being said, I wanted to share my experience with Home Chef.
Home Chef is one of many meal delivery services out there. They deliver delicious recipes and ingredients to your door. Ryan and I decided to give it a try as part of our goal to eat at home more frequently. I’ll be honest with you, I was very skeptical at first. Would it be cost effective? Would I actually eat the meals? Would it be easier? Lots of questions and doubt. Before I share our experience, I want take a step back.
You’re probably thinking I hate to cook. That’s not actually the case. I grew up preparing meals for my siblings and experimenting with different recipes. I can enjoy cooking, but I don’t enjoy the preparation that goes into making a meal. That’s especially true when I get home from work. Providing a meal on the table goes beyond cooking. It’s gathering recipes, deciding on a menu, grocery lists, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and cooking. I’m exhausted thinking about it! I think many of you feel the same way.
So back to Home Chef. This service has really made a huge difference for me. I no longer spend time doing all the things I don’t enjoy. I’m excited to cook dinner again. It’s super easy, and you don’t have to put much thought into it. The price is fair, and the portions are great. Neither of us has left the table hungry.
So how does it work? Each month, we log into the app to select our meals from the selections offered (you could easily do this weekly). We currently receive three meals per week. You select the delivery day, and your items arrive in a box at your door. Perfect! Each meal is in a separate bag and clearly labeled. Pretty much all of the ingredients you need are included. Salt, pepper, and olive oil are the only additional items we’ve needed thus far. The meat is kept separate from the bags to avoid contamination. I simply unload everything into the fridge and store the recipes in the binder they provided.
When I get home from work, I grab a bag and get to cooking. Many items are pre-measured but not everything. You’ll also have to chop fresh veggies. No biggie for me, but that might not be for you. As I’m cooking, I put waste in the bag and toss it when done. Some recipes will leave you with extra ingredients, and I just put those items back in the fridge.
What are some other things you should know?
- You can cancel or pause deliveries the week prior.
- For most of the chicken recipes, I cook the chicken in the crock-pot prior to preparing the meal. I don’t like to cook chicken on the stove, so that’s just a personal preference.
- Ryan and I don’t care for their steak. I prefer really lean cuts of steak. No issues with their other meats thus far.
- Everything stays cold in the box, so you don’t have to rush home on delivery day. *I’ll provide an update in the summer.
- If you have an issue, their customer service is great. FedEx was late delivering our first order, and customer service contacted us immediately.
- No complaints on the produce.
- They do offer vegetarian options.
- We’ve really enjoyed the meals. Very yummy!
I think that about covers it. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Please note I have not tried other services, so I can’t speak to those or compare. We went with Home Chef based on online reviews and cost. If you’ve been thinking about it, it is most certainly worth a try to see if it works for you.
This post is purely based on my experience, and I am not in any way affiliated with Home Chef. This is also not a paid advertisement.