We’ve been spending more time in our homes and flats lately. And with restaurants shut, even the amateurs among us resorted to cooking at home.
The same is true for me. While I make killer salads from scratch, including an addictive balsamic dressing, my cooking skills end on Spaghetti Lane. You see, I love baking because it follows precise measurements and instructions. Cooking seems more about improvising and about using bam!
HelloFresh delivers healthy ingredients and recipes
When I discovered a cooking method that is more like baking, I was intrigued. HelloFresh, a Berlin start-up, delivers ready-to-go meal boxes on a subscription basis. Unless you skip a week, the yellow couriers of Swiss Posts will deliver a refrigerated package to your door.
Inside each HelloFresh box: pre-measured ingredients and recipe cards. In order to reduce food waste, all ingredients are portioned and ready to go.
The sustainability philosophy does not end with food waste elimination. HelloFresh is climate-neutral, compensating their CO2 with projects such as forest protection in Switzerland. They buy foods directly from Swiss farms and suppliers, cutting out the middleman. And HelloFresh uses biodegradable packaging - from the cooling elements to the spice wrappers!
What I like about cooking at home with HelloFresh
While signing up for HelloFresh, vegetarians and carnivores can pick how many mouths they want to feed - and how frequently. I surprise Mamiko with three meals, having selected my dishes from the week’s 15 available recipes.
Tonight’s meal: creamy mushroom risotto with bacon and caramelized pear. The onion and mushrooms do not chop themselves, but pretty much everything else is ready to go. Inside the shipment, I receive ingredients for all three meals. Here is everything required for tonight’s risotto:
As I follow each step in the recipe, I reckon: this feels a bit like baking! The picture instructions are amateur-proof and easy to execute. HelloFresh does not presume any prior cooking skills; hence every step is explained. And by following along with the sequence of preparations, I end up with a prepped meal.
This was my first time cooking rice in a pan. (We have a rice cooker.) And it felt gratifying to caramelize those pears in the end. I feel confident to repeat this recipe anytime now!
Here is the result of cooking at home with HelloFresh.
Mamiko likes this risotto variation because it incorporates new flavors that she has not used before. Mission: accomplished!
Try HelloFresh with savings of 85 francs
Our HelloFresh promo offer gives you three meals for two persons. The savings amount to 85 francs (1. Box: 50 francs off/free shipping, 2. Box: 25 francs off, 3. Box: 10 francs off). After trying it out, it is up to you whether to continue, skip a week or cancel altogether. You can update your account online with the click of a button.
Receive three weeks' worth of meals at a savings of 85 francs. Use this link or coupon code HELLOCH8520 to sign up. New customers only.