This month's Home Chef box was pretty great. I picked out recipes with slightly longer than average cooking times, and the payoff was great. I love that one of the meals included freshly baked corn muffins, and I was happy to let the soup simmer a bit longer than recommended to build out the flavor. My favorite meal was the fig chicken, but I think the dish with the most potential is the chicken orzo. I'm going to try making it again soon with a few small tweaks (less butter! more lemon!), and I'm pretty sure it's going to be amazing. Read more...
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- $35.96 per month
- Ships to US
- Founded in 2013
What We Love
- A weekly menu that is ever-changing and full of delicious meals featuring both familiar & creative flavors
- The convenience —Home Chef does the planning & grocery shopping for you
- The variety—Home Chef is one of the few meal delivery services that offers breakfast, snack, & lunch items in addition to dinners
- The new Customize It feature lets you pick which protein you want in select dishes
What You Should Know
- Home Chef isn’t necessarily more affordable than going to the grocery store, but it’s meal kit delivery service may save on time, effort, & even food waste.
- You should expect a good deal of packaging with each box, but Home Chef provides recycling tips.
- Home Chef does offer vegetarian options, and sometimes their recipes will fit with vegan, paleo, or even keto plans—but not consistently.
We Recommend Home Chef If
- You’re looking for a convenient, time-saving way to cook at home.
- You’re new to cooking & want an easy way to learn your way around the kitchen, while ensuring a delicious meal.
- You like the idea of getting snacks, breakfasts, & other small meals with your order (something other meal kits don't provide).
We have been ordering from them for a couple of months now and so far everything has been delicious and really easy to make!!! My favorite part about the whole thing is that it takes the stress out of having to plan dinner and I'm learning how to cook the right way. Even my husband loves cooking these meals. The portions are very generous! They are restaurant size portions. I would say that you get about 1.5 meals out of one serving.
The meals are very well packaged, have always delivered cold, no missing ingredients and always on time. The only reason for knocking it down a star is because the meals are starting to get pretty similar. A lot of them have used red meat, cream cheese and sour cream. Looking ahead for the next few weeks I do see a little bit more variety.
For my family, portion sizes were too small. Produce was often not good. Recent box had missing ingredients (the meat). Decided to pause our service.
I was subscribed to Home Chef from December 2018-March 2020. The reason I unsubscribed at that time was the meals started to seem repetitive, the quality wasn't there, and delivery was VERY unreliable. I understand that they do (or did at the time) contract out delivery to various companies. The company they contracted with for my delivery was TERRIBLE. They were delayed all the time (even prior to the pandemic), even a few times delivering after 10pm forcing me to stay up so my groceries weren't sitting out all night, or not delivering until the day after my expected delivery date. Other times ingredients would be crushed or spoiled, and while I was always compensated by customer service, it just became a hassle.
My husband and I had been using Home Chef for a year, but just cancelled our service. The service started off great even when the recipes started getting remarkably similar and the vegetable side was too often squash. Over the last few months, I found myself contacting them at least once or twice a month with issues that they don’t seem to care about. Due to the lack of care when packing our box, too often was there a puncture or tear in a package of meat causing blood or goo to get all over everything. Sometimes we paid for a fancier meat like filet mignon and didn’t get it. Other times, vegetables were soft, wilted, and the issue that caused the cancellation was that we received a garlic clove that had mold growing on it! The quality of ingredients has gone completely down hill and it’s no longer acceptable considering this isn’t a cheap service. If you had asked me a year ago if I recommend, I would have said yet, but now, heck no!! Do not waste your hard-earned money for inedible ingredients and poor customer service.
Ingredients are not of quality. It really would taste better and be more cost effective to go on YouTube and try to teach yourself how to cook.
I have been doing Home Chef for over a year and I love it! The only issue I've ever had was it was late once but that due to the FedEx and the snow...The meals are wonderful and easy. I would definitely recommend.
Got my 2nd box this month, The first box was missing ingredients and the ice pack exploded all over. They told me to just wash the food and it was fine to eat. UM NO! Threw out the box. The next box arrived yesterday at 9AM. It was warm and the ice all melted! Had to throw out that box too. Now I am out a hefty amount of money, and have used zero boxes.
Got Home Chef on a groupon deal, I have used Blue apron for a long time so I though a new company might be fund to try out.
Sadly I was hella wrong. They were awful! First box arrived with the meat warm and the gel pack exploded on everything. I emailed them and they literally told me to wash everything off it would be fine. I said no, and called them back. Finally got a manager, sent pictures, and even a video, plus links to how the stuff is toxic when adsorbed into the fresh veggies. They finally agreed to send me out a new box, in two weeks.
It was the small fmaily size and not the large, plus it was missing two major ingredients.
I won't use them ever again1
Our family subscribes to Home Chef as well as 4 other food subscription services. Home Chef is the best deal for your $$$ in my opinion. Plus.... the meals are the most kid friendly I am discovering.
home chef has a deal on groupon when i tried to use the deal which brought the meals down to 50 dollars for 2 boxes i went to home chef to use and the website said coupon expired i knew it had to be wrong since i just bought it so i called their customer help line spoke to a very un pleasent lady there she gave me the impression that that the company does not like groupon even tho they sell the meal packs there hello fresh great food wonderful customer serivce great food i will go back there they loved groupon and were very happy to walk me threw the process then i tried burgerbox on gilt wonderful seirvce groupon wonder serivce bought a gilt discount gave it to the lady on burger box the code for gilt and she send me the box pleasent happy great food me i love groupon and glit the food boxes are priced high my view but with gilt and groupon i am glad to try them so far i think hello fresh and buger box are the best xoxo dorothy
What is Home Chef & how does it work?
Home Chef (starting at $9.95 per serving) is a meal kit delivery service that sends you the fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes you need to make home-cooked meals for you and your family. Choose to receive breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks as often as once per week. Set meal plan preferences and leave it to Home Chef to do the meal planning for you, or choose your recipes yourself from their ever-changing weekly menus. (You can even hand-pick the meat and protein you’d like for select recipes using their Customize It feature.)
Each Home Chef meal kit box contains the meats, produce, spices, and other ingredients you’ll need to create your week’s recipes. Note that you’ll be expected to supply staple ingredients, such as olive oil, salt, pepper, and water, as well as common cooking tools like simple pots, pans, mixing bowls, a good knife, and utensils like forks and spoons. Additionally, each Home Chef meal kit contains pre-portioned ingredients, meaning you’ll only receive as much of an ingredient as you need for the recipe. (No leftover ingredients going to waste in your fridge.)
How much does Home Chef cost?
Home Chef’s standard meals start at $9.95 per serving, but their snacks, breakfasts, and lunches run for even less per serving. You’re able to choose whether you want a meal plan that includes 2 servings or 4 servings. Keep in mind that orders over $45 get free shipping. Your actual price per week will depend on the number of servings and meals per week in your food delivery plan, plus add-ons and additional meal choices.
What kind of food is on the Home Chef menu? Do they have vegetarian options?
Home Chef offers a wide variety of familiar and creative flavors in their ever-changing weekly menus. They do always offer vegetarian meals, but while you may find vegan, paleo, keto, or gluten-free meals on the menu, they don’t appear consistently. Some of the dishes we’ve gotten recently include: Crispy Prosciutto and Mushroom Farfalle with Garlic Bread, French Onion Chicken with Arugula Salad and White Balsamic Vinaigrette, BBQ Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl with Farro and Ranch Dressing, and Ciabatta Tuna Melt. Note that you can preview all Home Chef recipes and meal options before you order them, so you can double-check that the ingredients, calorie counts, and time commitment are to your liking.
Where can I find this week’s Home Chef menu?
See what’s on Home Chef’s menu this week on their Our Menu
About the Brand
"This weekly meal kit delivery service makes cooking easier, faster, and healthier. Every weekly delivery comes with new 30-minute recipes and fresh, pre-portioned ingredients. When you subscribe, you can choose your preferences, including what you like to eat and what you'd like to omit. (Vegetarian options are available!)"
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