Home Chef can take the stress away from meal planning and grocery shopping because everything is ready to go, once your meals have been selected online. Meals are delivered with simple, easy-to-use recipe cards, which also give handy hints and tips on how to prepare your meals. The Home Chef box even includes plating suggestions, so customers can make their meals look totally Instagrammable as well as tasting good. In this Home Chef review, we will look at the services offered, prices, variety and ease of use. Is this the right meal delivery service for you?
Read on to find out…
Ease of Use
Once you are signed up and have paid for your first delivery, you are ready to go. Meals arrive in a recyclable box with ice packs inside to chill the ingredients. It’s best to be home when the Home Chef delivery arrives or there is a possibility that the ice will melt and ingredients could lose their freshness. The meal ingredients are all individually packaged which makes the cooking process even easier as there is hardly any meal prep involved. Meal packages contain all of the ingredients that you will need but you will need basic store-cupboard items too, such as: salt, pepper and olive oil etc You’ll have a list with your packages telling you if any additional ingredients are needed.
Meals are easy to prepare and take approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. The recipe cards are simple to use and provide helpful tips and plating suggestion so you can make your meals look pretty as well as tasting great. Generally speaking, Home Chef is one of the most basic home delivery services around and meals are generally thought to be high quality, tasty yet simple. Perfect for newbies, not so great for advanced cooks.
The next (optional) stage is to select whether you would like your meal low carb or low calorie – perfect for those who are trying to stay trim or lose weight. The final stage of the meal selection process is to select from a range of allergens, food ingredients you wish to avoid. These are: pork, soy, red meat, nuts, wheat, milk, mushrooms and shellfish. Please note: Home Chef isn’t a certified allergen-free facility as the food is packaged in the same location. Therefore those with severe allergies may wish to avoid the services of Home Chef.
Generally speaking, we found that the meal menu options were varied enough during the month and provided a nice variety of ingredients. Obviously, this is minimized should your dietary requirements be extensive. For example, if you wanted to avoid wheat, dairy, nuts and fish then your options are going to be less extensive. We also found that there weren’t enough vegan options at Home Chef.
For cooking novices and wannabe chefs the Home Chef menu is perfect, as you will get to learn cooking basics and play around with new ingredients without having to employ complicated techniques. It’s also good for families as the recipes tend to include the type of homely meals that children would also enjoy eating and preparing.
While the menu is homely, it isn’t bland. Home Chef offers quirky options such as cauliflower “scampi” and Korean tacos as well as favourites such as chicken chowder and caesar salad. All in all, if you’re planning on trying a home delivery service for the first time then Home Chef is a pretty good option to start with. There is even “add-on” extras you can include to your plan, which range from breakfasts, smoothie ingredients, fresh fruit or premium meals, if you fancy something a little special on a particular day or week. If it’s not to your taste you’re able to cancel at any given time. Which is always a bonus!
However, we found this to be a little risky in certain areas where you don’t want a package left on your doorstep. It also could greatly reduce the freshness of the ingredients the longer the package is left outside. If your Home Chef box arrives damaged or the ingredients aren’t to a high-standard then the company is pretty good with refunding the cost of the meal. Individually packaged ingredients, easy-to-follow recipe cards and a simple Home Chef app means that this is one of the most convenient meal delivery services currently on the market.
The shopping is done for you and delivered right to your door and the meals can be ready in as little as 30 minutes. If you were to compare the cost against a takeaway or meal out at a restaurant then Home Chef is good value for money as you’ll be getting high-quality ingredients at a lower price. Standard meal plans start from $19.90 for two servings to $39.80 for four servings. Lunches, fruit and premium meal options are charged extra.