As you may have seen, there’s several new fresh (cooked) food delivery services available to people that are short on time or just lazy or tired of cooking like me. FRESHLY is one such company and their offer to “first time customers” looked good enough to give it a try.
NOTE: I will attempt to focus my reviews on the facts using photos, visual perspective, nutritional statements, and actual ingredients. It’s impossible to leave out subjective comments from an entree’s taste and quality, but I’ll try to keep the bias to a minimum. I purchased this product outright; receiving no compensation and you will not find any referral or affiliate links. I may provide direct links to websites for your ease. Don’t bother correcting me on my grammar, I just don’t care.
Freshly: “Chef-Cooked, Healthy Meals Delivered to You” … “Fresh Healthy Convenient”
I saw the Freshly $39 ($59 value) first order incentive on Facebook. Their website is clean, simple and easy to navigate. You first choose your plan: 4, 6, 9, or 12 meals per week. I special deal was for the Flex 6 meal plan. You then choose your entrees. Each entree has a description, (a professionally plated) photo, plus the nutritional facts and ingredients just like you’d find on any food item in a grocery store and some restaurants.
- Choose your plan
- Choose your entrees
- Choose your delivery dates
- Enter address & billing info (creates an account)
- Free Shipping
I placed order my first order with Freshly on 1/23/17 and, since most Monday deliveries appear “Sold” out, I requested a delivery date of Tuesday 1/31/17. I received confirmation of my order and also received a reminder the day before my delivery. The Freshly box arrived as promised on my doorstep in the mid-afternoon. What follows is the unboxing of my FRESHLY Food Delivery.
- Freshly: Initial Delivery
- Freshly Entree: Southwest Chicken Bowl
- Freshly Entree: Homestyle Meatloaf
- Freshly Entree: Seafood Risotto
- Freshly Entree: Grilled Flat Iron Steak
- Freshly Entree: Roasted Balsamic Chicken
- Freshly Entree: Southern-Style BBQ Pork Chop
After opening the box, I see there is an abundance of insulation materials and ice packs to keep the food cold. The approximate weight breakdown of this particular order was:
Box & Insulation = 3.5 pounds
Ice Packs (2) = 10 pounds (1.2 gallons)
Food & Packaging = 4.5 pounds
Maybe a little over kill, but on a hot day it’s probably a good idea. In the end, I was left with a some heavy-duty packing materials that I could probably use for another day. To give them credit, they have clear instructions on recycling of all non-food materials. Still, if I had a regular subscription to this food delivery, handling the packing materials would drive me nuts.
You get TWO large ice packs in each delivery box. These
ice packs (filled with water) are monstrous in size and
will definitely come in handy camping this summer.
So, the entree order was correct and everything was nice and neatly packed. I peeked inside each entree pack to inspect and found most everything looked pretty good. Bright, fresh colors. Nothing looked canned, stale, faded or overcooked. The insides were pretty much a mess though as shipping would do this but none of that distracted the potential goodness inside.
I suppose you’re wondering, how each of these really look and taste? My reviews will be coming soon …
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