The Blue Apron Experience

Hi everyone! I signed up to cook meals from ingredients delivered by a company called Blue Apron in early September. I wanted to do this for a couple of reasons. The top reason was because I wanted to improve my kitchen skills. I’ve had it in my mind for a while now to know my way better around the kitchen and not look like a clumsy buffoon. I’m still a clumsy buffoon, but less of one now :). The second reason was to be able to pack healthy lunches and avoid eating out. My third motivation was to hopefully pick up on some foods that I like that I can make on my own whenever my Blue Apron experience is over.

Right now, Blue Apron offers the Two-Person plan and the Family plan. Since I’m only cooking for myself, I went with the two-person plan that delivers two recipes per week, with each recipe serving two people. Each delivery is about $48, including shipping. This comes out to be about $12 per meal, which isn’t that much higher than the average cost of a meal outside. The advantage I gain from ingredients being delivered to me is two-fold: I don’t have to spend time shopping for groceries, and I gradually learn how much of the ingredients I would need if I were to buy them myself. Blue Apron packs everything nicely in a medium sized box and leaves it on my porch. The contents are stored with two ice packs so that food doesn’t spoil in case I’m not home.

Here are the top things I’ve learned from using Blue Apron!

  • How to use the oven! That’s right. I’ve never had to use the oven before but now I can use it to bake things like potatoes and squash. I was in shock when the recipe said to heat up the oven, so I was forced to learn how to use it, and I am glad I did.
  • You can make different salads or slaws just by adding pretty much the same simple ingredients each time: sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar, and mayo.
  • Marinate chicken in a number of ways, from only using salt and pepper to mixing and matching with spice blends, flour, egg, breadcrumbs, and Sriracha, among many others.
  • Set aside a small space and cover it with newspapers and use it as a landfill instead of opening the trash bin each time you need to throw something away. This saves time and makes the kitchen less smelly!
  • Re-use pots and pans to cook multiple things instead of busting out more that you would just have to clean later. If they’re dirty, just give them a quick wipe with a towel (and throw the towel in the landfill you just built above!).