This month I decided to add a new subscription box to experience. I already had Birchbox for beauty, LE Tote for Fashion and now I was finally going to try out Blue Apron. https://www.blueapron.com/pages/learn-more
The way Blue Apron works is you receive weekly recipes delivered to your house with pre portioned ingredients to make either a couple (2 person serving) or family style (4 person serving) meal, your choice. When choosing 2 family, you will receive 3 meals per week of 500-700 calories per serving meals that can take up to 35 minutes to prepare. I chose the 4 family style which sends 2 meals per week. It is a bit pricey but if you are someone who does take out, the math works out to be less when having to feed 4 (in my case 4 + my munchkin) mouths. All in all its an exciting experience to try new dishes from recipes created by renowned guest chefs and Blue Apron's culinary team.
Ingredients arrive in a refrigerated box so food stays fresh even if you are working late. You get to keep the recipes to try again if they become a favorite and new staple to your family meals. If you are slacking on the culinary skills, these recipes lay out step by step with pictures, thorough directions, recommended cooking tools, and how to videos to learn techniques. Each item is pre portioned for the serving size you picked and every item is individually wrapped. I thought this was so cute and smart. Completely takes out the guess work of trying to figure out what 1/4 cup of parsley is. I always would ask myself, "Do they mean 1/4 cup whole or after it is chopped up?!"
After I took out all the necessary ingredients for meal number 1, Crispy Catfish and Roasted Potatoes, I stored the second set of ingredients for day two in the fridge. They send you both meals with both recipes and ingredients in one box, it's up to you to follow what each recipes requires and what to save for next day. I am a big zesty fan so had I not checked I would have used both lemons for the first meal. I am not a seafood fan, that includes all things that swim so this first dish was just for my parents and sister. It was going to be a bit of a challenge to do taste test to making sure the fish was thoroughly seasoned and cooked so I was relying totally on the recipes to make sure the dish came out right. I then separated all the ingredients into their own bowls and started prepping.
I was excited to start cooking as I was prepping a ton of new stuff I have never played with like summer beans, prince of orange potatoes, and kalamata olives. I never even touched catfish before but luckily Blue Apron sends it to you skinned, cut and prepped.
The recipe says that prep time would take 10 minutes plus 25-35 minutes to cook but add in a 4 year old who kept trying to play photographer and then a makeup artist following notes scribbled on a napkin explaining how to use her own camera from her photographer, I can assure you prep time look longer than that!
For the Kalamata olives I had to smash, discard the pits and chop into bite size to mix with the Summer beans and dress them with the Aioli sauce.
By this time, my parents finally came home and were so surprised, after a few sneak bites of the food my mom grabbed Matthew since at this point I was cooking and holding the camera above my head while he was trying to climb my leg trying to snap a photo. As my dad checked on the fish, since I have no experience cooking fish, I prepped the table and laid out everything that was finished. I wish now that I would have timed this experience because 10 minute prep, 35 minute cook time was NOT realistic. I am guessing that's time at the restaurant for these guest chefs and their prep chefs to complete the meal. This was a mission to cook, hold a kid down and document this experience but the look on my families face when they took their first bite made this completely worth it. They absolutely loved it!