Home Chef offers a weekly dinner meal delivery service of pre-portioned ingredients for healthy recipes that allow you to prepare home cooked meals in about 30 minutes. Every week Home Chef creates 13 new recipes that fit a number of different lifestyles. This includes vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb and nut-free meals (among others). All ingredients are fresh and you will receive 2 to 7 meals for either 2 or 4 people depending on the subscription you choose. Meals sent to you are automatically selected based on your dietary preferences and profile settings. The automated meal selections can be changed or weeks skipped at anytime before the weekly deadline.
HomeChef.com was started in 2013 and since then has grown to over 300 employees. They now delivers to about 90% of the United States and in 2015 they delivered over 1 million meals.
How It Works
Visit HomeChef.com and enter your email address and zip code to get started in creating your account. Home Chef will then ask you about your Dietary Preferences and Delivery Preferences. For Dietary you select if you prefer to eat meat, seafood, and/or vegetables (you must select at least one). The next question lists and asks if you wish to avoid any ingredients. This includes Pork, Red Meat, Gluten, Mushrooms, Soy, Nuts, Dairy, and Shellfish. Selecting 1 or more of these ingredients will mean the recipes you receive will not include your selection. The one caveat of this is that all ingredients are processed at the same facility so Home Chef cannot guarantee cross-contamination. Therefore the Home Chef service may not be right for you if you have a severe allergy. The last question for the Dietary Preference section asks if you prefer Low-calorie and/or Low-carb meals. You can select both, one, or none.
For Delivery Preference you can select to receive up to 6 meals a week for 2, 4, or 6 people. You then select your weekly delivery date for your meal box. This depends on your location but most deliveries can happen from Tuesdays to Fridays. On the next page you then enter your name, address, and phone number. The final page asks for a password for your new account along with your payment information. It lists your subscription costs along with your delivery details and when you can expect your first weekly meal delivery. As an added bonus all first time deliveries will receive a Home Chef 3 ring binder called the Cookbook. This binder is used to store the colored recipe cards you will receive.
Each week Home Chef develops 10 recipes that fit a variety of eating lifestyles. Based on your dietary preferences, Home Chef will automatically select the best menu for you and deliver you a box full of pre-portioned ingredients along with the new and exciting recipes. These selections can be changed or skipped anytime before the weekly deadline. Changes must happen before 12pm (Central Standard Time) on the Friday before the scheduled delivery date. You can schedule or skip deliveries multiple weeks in advance. This all can be done under the Delivery Schedule tab on the HomeChef.com account page.
Meals at Home Chef are designed to stay fresh for the week you receive them. Some meals that have fish or seafood (or some other ingredients) are recommended to be cooked first. Each recipe will state the number of days it is recommended to cook it by, from when the meal was delivered.
Along with the ingredients each meal will have a colored recipe card with pictures that contains step by step instructions on how to prepare and cook the meal. The recipe cards also contain health information about the meal like calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber and sodium. The recipes are designed for beginners and seasoned home cooks alike, and take about 30 minutes to cook and prep.
Home Chef Apps
Home Chef has apps available on iTunes and Google Play. With the app you can:
- Manage your weekly deliveries
- View the weekly recipes along with photos
- Add your review of the weekly meals
Costs & Plans
Home Chef keeps the prices for their meals simple. There are no plans, instead it costs $9.95 per serving for any meal. So if you order 3 meals for 2 people (2 servings per meal for a total of 6) it will cost $59.70 per week.
They do have several add-ons which can be found on the Taste Profile tab. These add-ons include a Breakfast ($9.95), Fruit Basket ($4.95), Smoothie ($4.95), and Premium Meal. These tasty add-ons recipes vary week to week.
New households may receive a $10 bonus credit from a Home Chef secret sale when you create your account.
* Prices based on a weekly subscription. Prices can increase/decrease depending on subscription length. All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked July 09, 2016.
Home Chef does offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. They are one of the few meal delivery services to do so. If you are not 100% happy with your meal kit for the week you don't have to pay. Some conditions do apply.
Home Chef delivers all across the continental United States. Shipping is free for orders over $40. If less, shipping costs $10 a week. You can specify which week day (Tuesday to Friday) you would like your food delivered on. If you are not home, the shipper will leave your box at your door. The Home Chef meal box contains an insulated liner and cold packs so your ingredients will stay fresh and cold until you get home. The box is recyclable.
At HomeChef.com customer service can be reached weekdays by phone and email from 9am to 6pm CST. You can also visit the Home Chef website FAQ pages to find out more information about their service. Home Chef also is active on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On their YouTube channel you will find videos that contain cooking tips and instructions on how to cook some of their more popular meals.
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