Like many of you out there, I would prefer to prepare my own meals over dining out. But, with the stress of juggling work and family obligations, there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything. That’s why many people have turned to food subscription boxes like Blue Apron to help them eat healthier. However, if you are out of town as frequently as I am, you might be concerned about how long the ingredients are good for. If you are afraid of paying for produce to go to waste, here’s how Blue Apron guarantees food freshness.
How Blue Apron Works
Meal delivery services are perfect for those who want to eat well but don’t have the time to shop for the ingredients and prep the meals. It also saves you the time and hassle of deciding what to eat. Blue Apron provides you with all the fresh ingredients you need to prepare their healthy and delicious recipes in your own kitchen.
After you sign up, the next step is to choose a meal plan that best suits your family. You can then customize your boxes to suit your family’s tastes and dietary needs. Not only can you select the number of portions and frequency of your deliveries, but also meal plans for any dietary restrictions. You set the preferences for the types of protein and recipes you want to receive. So, that means you can also exclude any recipes you don’t like from your food boxes.
You have full control over your subscription since you choose the delivery dates and the recipes you receive. Therefore, it can be something you rely on for daily meals or a special treat you enjoy once a week.
Blue Apron Food Freshness Guarantee
My greatest concern with a food box subscription like Blue Apron was the food quality and freshness. However, the more research I did, the less cause I had for concern. They only use the highest quality ingredients and source their meat from ranchers and farmers who do not use additional hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics to raise their livestock. And, all their seafood items come with the highest ratings and recommendations from Seafood Watch.
One thing to keep in mind though is that Blue Apron sends fresh ingredients. So, the sooner you prepare the meal, the fresher it will taste. Generally, it is best to make the meal within a week to ensure the best results. Unless you chose the vegetarian meal plan, your box will contain meat which must be refrigerated. If it includes seafood, you want to prepare these recipes first since it has the highest risk of spoiling before the other ingredients. Furthermore, most fruits and vegetables turn quickly, so you want to use them within four to six days of arrival.
You can also help ensure the maximum shelf life of your ingredients by unpacking the ingredients and refrigerating them as soon as they show up at your door.
Fast Delivery to Ensure Blue Apron Food Freshness
Blue Apron schedules most of its deliveries Tuesday through Friday. Although, a few locations offer deliveries for Mondays and Saturdays as well. Since you set the delivery dates, you know exactly when it will arrive and can plan accordingly. Blue Apron also sends you the tracking number to ensure timely service and food freshness.
Each order is packaged and shipped the day before the scheduled delivery. And, each box includes plenty of ice and insulated liners to keep it fresh during transport. Blue Apron goes above and beyond to guarantee the quality of its food and customer satisfaction.
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Jenny Smedra is an avid world traveler, ESL teacher, former archaeologist, and freelance writer. Choosing a life abroad had strengthened her commitment to finding ways to bring people together across language and cultural barriers. While most of her time is dedicated to either working with children, she also enjoys good friends, good food, and new adventures.