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HelloFresh Vs. The Internet: An Evening of Pork and Apples

HelloFresh Vs. The Internet: An Evening of Pork and Apples

It was 6:15 p.m. last Wednesday when I found myself in the middle of a one-woman cooking competition of my own making.

Okay, I didn’t actually have any competitors, so in this imaginary scenario, it was more like I had already won and was just showing off.

Due to a shipping complication, I didn’t expect my HelloFresh delivery to arrive until the next day. I defrosted some pork, looked up a recipe with the search terms “maple” and ”apples,” got the gist of it, and prepared to put my own spin on it and eyeball the measurements, like I usually do.

But low and behold, FedEx came through with HelloFresh at the eleventh hour, delivering the ingredients and recipes I needed for three meals that week.

Even though I had three choices, I chose the pretzel bun bratwursts with tangy apple-cabbage slaw, for the sake of having a theme.

For a slightly frantic but very fun 35 minutes, I prepared the meals side-by-side.

I noticed a lot of similarities in the ingredient list: mustard, apples, vinegar, garlic, and quickly learned what ingredients go well with pork for my own future reference — and picked up a tip on always cooking the apples first to give them time to soften.

The two dishes, while both utilizing similar ingredients and a common pork base, could not have been more different.

The apple slaw with the dill and parsley had a bitter flavor, a stark contrast to the pork, which ultimately, cooked entirely in its own juices, had a smoky, oily, delicious flavor that the pretzel bun and the mustard complemented nicely.

The sauce for the sticky maple pork with apples was definitely on point, but, as it turns out, the real clincher was that I had used “pork for pork stew” instead of chopped pork loin, which made it tough as heck and almost impossible to eat — although my boyfriend happily packed it away for the next day’s lunch, declaring, “awesome!”

Want to try them? Here’s how to do it.

Pretzel Bun Bratwursts with Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw


I would advise going to a good, ideally German, butcher shop. Talk to the butcher about what kind of wurst you want, size, spices, flavoring, meats, casings, and what cooking methods, poaching, baking, grilling, you want to use,” he said. “The local butcher, or the butcher at the supermarket, is a great resource when it comes to selecting different meats and different cuts. — Chef Nate Appel, HelloFresh

Sticky Maple Pork and Apples


Try this quick and easy recipe for a delicious seasonal, fall dinner that uses savory pork and sweet apples.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


We Tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Their 4 Competitors—One Was Clearly the Best

Typical restaurant food delivery will always be in style, but services that deliver the ingredients to create your own meal at home are surging in popularity. You’ve probably heard of some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have collectively raised more than 527.9 million in investments over the past three years. The clear demand for a home-cooked meal without the hassle has led to the launch of more competitors such as Home Chef, Purple Carrot (which specializes in vegan food) and Peach Dish (which serves healthy, Southern-inspired meals).

These companies all promise a few things, mainly delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the mushrooms you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.

I wanted to get a sense of how these companies compare, so I put them to the test and tried all six of the aforementioned recipe delivery services. What I discovered is that although the concept is the same, the way these companies execute it is very different. Some have truly amazing meals, while others are serving food that is O.K. at best. Some have a huge variety of recipe options, while others only have a handful or don’t even let you choose your meals (they do all have vegetarian options). Some have a lot of recipe kinks, but others are expertly crafted.

The main thing I discovered, though, is that one of these services is far better than the rest—and which one that is may surprise you.


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