Well the first thing we have to acknowledge is that the HelloFresh Box has the ingredients measured out to the exact amount required for the recipes with nothing left over.
Whilst the big chain supermarkets do have smaller quantities of some items available in their deli sections, the same might not be available through their online shopping channel. There is also a remote possibility that the items are not stocked by the store.
Any item charge that is hotlinked will open a tooltip with relevant purchase information for the store and item. If you plan on using any extra measure in other recipes then the blue text applies, however if you really only want the exact measure then you need to use the tooltip price. (eg., from Coles, if you will use the extra bacon then the equivalent cost is $1.70 whereas if you have no real use for the bacon then the $4.25 applies). I have not taken any specials or one-time discounts into account but have used the normal retail price.
|100g Premium Rindless Bacon||$1.70||$2.85|
|288g Free Range Chicken Thigh Fillets||$4.02||$2.47|
|320g Salmon Portions (2 fillets)||$12.52||$10.12|
|100g Fresh Green Beans||$0.80||$0.68|
|1 Lebanese Cucumber||0.83||0.83|
|500g White Potatoes||2.88||$2.00|
|140g Baby Spinach Leaves||$3.00||$4.00|
|2 Spring Onions||$0.30||$0.80|
|1 ½ cups Basmati Rice||$0.40||$0.82|
|2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste||$1.54||$0.50|
|Butter Chicken Spice Blend||$3.69||$1.75|
|100g Greek-style Yoghurt||$1.37||$1.15|
|50g Dill & Parsley Mayonaisse||Not Available||Not Available|
|1 Tablespoon Capers||$0.40||$0.40|
|50g Cheddar Cheese||$1.96||$2.93|
|2 sprigs Dill||Not Available||$1.50|
|3 sprigs Coriander||Not Available||$1.50|
Now that I have entered the costs from the 2 major supermarkets from their online stores, lets have a look at how they compare.
|Pro’s & Cons||Hello Fresh||Coles||Woolworths|
|Ordering||Once your subscription is set up it’s all done for you||It took me around an hour at each online store looking for the item and getting the right size or close to it.|
|Delivery Cost||Free||Both orders came in under $100 so there is a charge of around $10 depending on the day, time etc. There are some 1 off offers but I’m not taking them into account.|
|Delivery Day and Time||It depends on your post code but I was given a choice of 4 different days with flexible times||Take your pick – both are very configurable|
|At Home For Delivery||NO||YES|
Each recipe card has a clear picture of the expected end result, graphics of the ingredients you require from the box to use in that particular recipe, and on the flip-side is the recipe itself. The instructions are clear and concise and pleasingly easy to read.
I mentioned previously that the recipe cards could be placed into a binder. In fact they could even be collected and made into a nice gift. Except the recipes don’t have “reusable” ingredient measurements (See fig 3.). Some ingredients comes neatly packaged with the required amount and the recipe simply calls for “1 sachet”, or “1 tub”, etc. FAIL ! In order for me to reproduce the recipes as part of this review in a usable format for readers I had to measure out the ingredients where necessary. To have the recipe cards saved in a usable way you will have to write the measures on the recipe card thus detracting from its aesthetic look. Oh well so much for my daughter getting a recipe card booklet for Xmas 2017. And if you plan on reusing a recipe remember to measure out any ingredients that need it before starting the cooking process (Note: some of the packets do have a measurement on them but you still need to write it down somewhere for later).
Classic Pan-Fried Salmon with Caper Butter Sauce
Here is what we can tell you – We are impressed with a total running points score of 590 from a possible 700.