They had me at no cooking!
After my Hello Fresh trial, which you can read about here, I came across an ad on Facebook for another food delivery service called Freshly. What set them apart from the others was the fact that the meals come cooked and all you have to do is heat them up. This was huge for me since getting the time to cook is my biggest hurdle right now (A baby and a toddler make that a challenge!). I decided it was worth $49 to give Freshly a try and see if they were the answer to my dinner time prayers. (And of course it allowed me to do a Freshly review to see if it helps you solve your dinnertime problems as well!)
The ad offered 9 Freshly, chef-prepared gourmet meals for $49 instead of their usual $99 (I’ve since seen ads for 6 meals for $36). After trying Hello Fresh for free I figured I could justify the cost of Freshly. When it came to the bottom line, I was able to feed my family for 8 nights at $49 if you combined them. Great deal if you ask me!
TIP: If you and a friend each try a meal delivery service, you can exchange a free week with each other, since most allow you to gift one after you try their service. I gave my friend a week of Freshly after she gave me a week of Hello Fresh! It was a great way for each of up to save money on some meals!
Choosing your Meals
Eight of the meals were lunch/dinners and one was a frittata for breakfast or lunch. They all came packaged with multiple ice packs, similar to the other food delivery services. When it came down to it, they were fresh TV dinners that you throw in the microwave to heat up. Which is a great option for having grab and go lunch for your spouse to take to work or meals for nights you know you have no time to cook.
Arrival of the Meals
The meals arrived on a Friday afternoon and most of the use by dates were for Monday. This stressed me out slightly since our weekends tend to be busy and we don’t eat at home as often. I threw two of the Freshly meals in the freezer for another day and organized the rest by the use by dates in the fridge.
I had only been given the option of a Friday or Saturday delivery, neither really worked for our schedules but I still wanted to give Freshly a try. However, the delivery day is based on your location so depending on where you live is what delivery options you are given when ordering. Maybe it will be a better day of the week for you than it was for me!
Preparing the Meals
Until we went to eat a meal on Sunday, I hadn’t realized that these were individually portioned 🙁 So what I thought was a less than $6 family meal quickly turned into a $11 family meal. Still much less than going to a restaurant or a drive thru and much healthier! But I was still in shock that a meal wasn’t for two people. I was relieved that we could finish the meals quicker before they expired since we were eating two at each meal.
In less than 5 minutes we had a hot, fresh, meal with healthy ingredients that fed two adults and one toddler. I can’t even make a sandwich that quickly so I was a happy camper! We ate out of the black plastic container they came in but you could easily class it up by putting it on a real plate! (We, on the other hand, are not that fancy at this stage of life!). The meals were delicious and introduced us to new recipes but they are definitely on the healthier side (i.e. we were still hungry afterward and ended up snacking!).
What I liked about Freshly
The convenience was great since we had fresh meals delivered without going to the store or cooking. They were healthy and used quality ingredients but when you look at buying individual meals this could get expensive very quickly. Especially when feeding a family as opposed to individuals or couples.
If my food budget was higher and the delivery schedule fit us better I would probably use Freshly again. Right now we are on a tight budget with only one working adult and our meals never cost that much per serving. Another way I might use it is to order a week’s worth and freeze them to have as back up lunches for Hubby and back up meals for busy evenings.
Overall, I was happy with the meals I was provided and the quality of the meals. The service doesn’t fit well with where we are in life right now but I could definitely see how this would be a great service for other families or couples.
Who would love Freshly…
- People who eat out too much but don’t want to cook
- Someone on a diet that needs portion control
- People who want healthier meals and ingredients
- Couples who eat at different times
- Couples who don’t agree on meals
- Someone looking to save money on food without cooking
- People looking for grab and go meals that are fresh
- Portion control
- Easy to reheat
- Can grab and go
- Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Options
- Healthy ingredients
- Delivered to your house
- Healthy ingredients (I need some carbs in my life to fill me!)
- Delivery days might not work for your family
- Cost per meal
- Use by dates are limited
Interested in trying Freshly?
- Order your meals here. (discount added when you click through to their site)
- Pick the meals you want
- Pick the delivery day
- Wait patiently for fresh meals to arrive
- Heat for a few minutes and enjoy!
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