Substandard Sous Chef: Kailee’s Blue Apron Experience
You might think that being married to a person who has a blog about scratch cooking that I might have picked up a few tricks here and there. Well, there are two things you need to learn about me. 1) I didn’t and 2) my college roommates could tell you I have a long history of cooking disasters.
Although I still have improved from my days of congealed solid masses of hamburger helper (still not sure how that happened) I very rarely cook. One fabulous thing about having a partner who genuinely loves cooking is I often get spoiled by getting to relax on the couch with the cats while Thomas creates in the kitchen. The bad thing is I have absolutely no knife skills (not kidding here, Thomas usually stands by me and winces while I chop) and completely from scratch recipes can be pretty intimidating. That’s why I thought I would share something that helps me get in the kitchen and feel successful. Blue Apron!
We very rarely order Blue Apron it usually gets delivered when we forget to skip a week, which is exactly what happened this time, but I always enjoy them when we do get them. We have tried HelloFresh as well but I feel like Blue Apron has more flavors and dishes I wouldn’t think of on my own. For example, the chili I tried for this post added currents! Would have never thought of that!
I think my favorite thing about subscription food boxes is the time and stress cut out of the cooking process due to not having to shop for ingredients and often everything is portioned out. I hate having to buy specialty ingredients for recipes and then throwing out the rest when it expires.
I am most definitely a visual learner so I also love that all the ingredients are listed on the front side of the card with pictures. You may notice I am missing a lemon due to Thomas stealing it the day before to make hummus, from scratch of course! (If you love Hummus request that he shares his recipe, it’s so yummy!)
Blue Apron does a great job with both visual steps and very clear, succinct written steps. Which is great for a person like me who almost never can read a recipe through before starting (I can picture Thomas face palming right now). Also, notice that even though many ingredients are pre-measured there are a few things to prep. In this recipe, I had to chop some sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic but what I love is the proteins come ready to go (the chicken was even cut into small pieces for the chili). Even though Thomas loves to debone a chicken, I can not stand cutting raw meat so this is a huge bonus!
As I said I am not the most talented in the kitchen so there were a few tools that helped make things a little easier on me. I am not sure if anyone else has this problem but my eyes are so sensitive to the onion that mid chopping my eyes are so watery I have to tag in Thomas to finish it up. While these might not be the most attractive kitchen tool, I find them helpful!
I am also a fan of the silicone garlic peeler since those little cloves are so tiny and I am not sure I have the patience or skill to peel them with a knife. Thomas is not a fan of having a lot of single use tools in the kitchen but we agree these two are keepers.
This might be a no-brainer for some, but Blue Apron does a great job with teaching to season throughout a recipe. Listed throughout the recipe is “season with salt and pepper.” Growing up I think I only ever saw salt and pepper added at one point. I didn’t realize how much of an impact this can have on food and make the flavors come alive. (No offense Mom, I love your food and you are a wonderful cook…)
Overall it was a great success! Thomas even brought home a lemon and walked in the door just as I needed it! I love cooking when I have a recipe I can be confident in and when I know I will not be in the kitchen all day, so far Blue Apron has never steered me away. I would recommend Blue Apron or any other subscription box to those who may love the idea of scratch cooking but might feel a little intimidated to break down a chicken or make their own pita bread for a chili. Another thing I love about Blue Apron is they always include quick easy sides like a kale dish or citrus rice. These are great to just learn basics and get comfortable with cooking so I can whip these up without a recipe! I’m pretty sure not using a recipe makes you an expert chef right?! 😉