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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 19 September 2023 at 6:42pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

All items arrive fresh (hence the name!), not frozen, and packed in (dry?) ice. I imagine that to better facilitate this they source from metropolitan areas.
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Brian Price
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Posted: 20 September 2023 at 12:13pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Not dry ice, but some kind of microplastic-containing gel.  You're supposed to cut the bag open, pour the frozen gel in the trash, then rinse the plastic bag and recycle it through the collection points at grocery stores.  The hassle of the packaging and having to cook the meals was the big reason we canceled it.  We did keep all the recipe cards; though, and occasionally prepare meals or elements of meals from them.  I never realized the lime was so versatile before HelloFresh.  UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand all use straight water in their ice packs, so hopefully that will come to the US at some point.
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 20 September 2023 at 1:01pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

"Not dry ice, but some kind of microplastic-containing gel. "

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Ah, right. Clearly I wasn't a subscriber for too long, because I kept those gelpacks in the freezer and use them in coolers from time to time. I only have a few of them. I forgot where they came from!
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Scott Sackett
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Posted: 21 September 2023 at 12:29am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

We've done Hello Fresh for a few years. My wife really enjoys and it's a nice thing we can do together.

Occasionally, they leave out something but it's gotten a lot better the last year or so.

Some of the recipes have been really good. My only real beef is we get locked into 'Hello Fresh is coming this weekend' mode and so we have to turn down any invites that weekend.

(our schedules make it nearly impossible to cook on a weeknight.)

Oh, also the meals seem to use a lot of pots and pans so every meal is followed by dishwashing..
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Wesley Wong
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Posted: 27 September 2023 at 4:53am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

"A fun cooking experience that makes you feel
unstoppable!"

The super-villain's key to victory is to sign up for
HelloFresh.
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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 27 September 2023 at 7:16pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I've heard good things about HelloFresh-- glad to see it's doing well by you, JB!
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 27 September 2023 at 7:51pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Did this for a while, but got tired of chopping! Everything seemed to have a zesty salsa with it. Tasted good, but a bit fiddly.
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Fred J Chamberlain
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Posted: 28 September 2023 at 3:03pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I attempted a few food services, over the years, but found
that the cost, didn't make it worthwhile, since they also
involved prepping and cooking ingrediants.
I had largely thrown up my hands, until I found out about a
local company that preps and delivers meals. They have
multiple options (low calorie, keot, bulk) and offer either
lunch and dinner or either of those individually. I chose
the keto dinner plan and found that, not only is it
reasonably priced, but the meals simply have to be heated
up and they are ready. Great tasting, without the hassle. I
end up enjoying the meals and variety, leaving me less
likely to "cheat" regularly.
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Peter Hicks
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Posted: 28 September 2023 at 5:23pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Has anyone here tried the Momofuko noodles?  They look very tempting.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 01 October 2023 at 2:47pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Canceled today. Too time consuming, and a sudden flurry of distractions to throw me off schedule.
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 02 October 2023 at 3:56am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Get ready to be emailed attempts to cajole you back for the rest of your remaining years!
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Mike Baswell
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Posted: 02 October 2023 at 12:45pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I had much the same experience as JB; time consuming and too many dirty dishes and utensils. I thought it was supposed to simplify meal time, not make it more complicated.
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