It happens to all of us, you're minding your own business when suddenly salesmen (women) or charity advocates approach you and before you know it it's half an hour later, you missed about 12 trains home and you've agreed to donate 15 euros a month to a cause or a service. Believe me I've been there. I've developed some key excuses to get me out of these awkward situations as quickly as possible:
A The good old 'Sorry, I'm about to miss my train'.
B A bit more tricky but will work 80% of the time 'Sorry, I'm only 17'. You'll be amazed how often people believe this! Despite the lying, it's such an easy way to avoid further conversation since all they are interested in is making the sale and obviously you're "underage" which makes you a lot less interesting suddenly ;)
C Risky, and an experiment I have yet to try out 'Oh how great, I subscribed a few weeks ago!'. Will this work? I have no idea. I do know that I am dying to see the facial expression this particular response will cause!
Okay, back to the point. A few weeks ago I was approached at Victoria station, at first I thought RUN! But I decided to hear the salesman out and to give HelloFresh a try. The truth is that I've been interested in the concept of having your dinner (or rather the ingredients) for the week delivered to your doorstep for quite some time now. What's not to like right? No more aimlessly walking around the supermarket, not knowing what to cook for dinner, no more carrying heavy bags and no more food waste. In return you will have an endless variety of recipes that are all easy to prepared.
With a special offer available that day (and probably every other day they were stationed at Victoria station) I only had to pay 25 pounds for the first two boxes, after which the price would increase to the normal 36 pounds per box. Now the price is one of the first things that made me cancel my subscription. Yes, all the products are incredibly fresh, organic and the delivery service is incredibly flexible. Nevertheless it doesn't change the fact that I am only receiving dinner for the week, I still have to go to the supermarket to buy breakfast, lunch, fruit and all other supplies you need to continue living basically. The box alone costs me more than my regular weekly trip to the supermarket, making HelloFresh a very expensive service for me, considering the additional costs of other supplies.
The three recipes that I tried were all very quick, easy to make and so delicious! Although they were dishes I had never made before, the recipe card clearly explained step by step how the meal had to be prepared. Each dish is enough for two servings, meaning that I only had to cook every other day as I am only cooking for myself. I opted for the Veggie Box, as I try to follow a plant-based diet (not very strictly) and generally do not like meat or eggs very much. What threw me off about the recipes is that most of the veggie meals still contain cheese quite regularly, obviously you can choose to exclude the cheese from the meal but then you'd have to throw that away, which is a waste. In addition, I've noticed that the recipes often require an oven. Now this is not necessarily a problem normally, but in the house I'm living the oven is not working very efficiently, making it very time-consuming to prepare a meal with the oven, especially after a day at work.
All in all, there are definitely advantages and disadvantages to HelloFresh and I am very happy that I tried it out. However, right now, this concept does not work for me financially or logistically. It is something I will keep in the back of my head for when I have an actual job and my own kitchen to prepare these delicious meals, without worrying that someone might need the kitchen. For now I am back to trying to think of recipes myself...
Lots of Love,