Home Chef Review: An In-Depth Look

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Introduction

Moving up to the next tier of food boxes, there’s a ton of options. The first box of this segment is from Home Chef. At almost $10 per serving. it’s quite a jump from the previous offerings. Is it worth trying? Let’s find out now!

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Interested in more food items? Be sure to check out my other reviews which include: Food Boxes, Ramen, and Trader Joe’s!

Summary: Home Chef Food Subscription Box

I’d recommend Home Chef for anyone who:

  • Wants high-quality meals at a reasonable price
  • Enjoys easy to cook & quick meals
  • Has dietary preferences (low carb or low calories)
  • Likes to cook but doesn’t enjoy cleaning tons of dishes
My Rating
5/5

Plans & Prices

Home Chef has plans that serve 2, 4, or 6 people. From there, you can select 2 to 6 meals per week. That’s almost a meal for everyday of the week!

Each meal comes with 2-6 servings depending on your plan. If you need to edit your plan, the “Subscription” tab can be found in your account information.

When you first sign up, Home Chef will ask you to choose a subscription plan from “Home Chef” or “Fresh and Easy”. This affects which meals will be recommended to you each week. You still have access to the full menu.

Here are optional questions that further help you narrow down your meal options:

  • Are you an omnivore, carnivore, pescatarian, or vegetarian?
  • Do you have any dietary preferences (Calorie-Conscious or Carb-Conscious)?
  • Are there foods you want to avoid (pork, soy, red meat, wheat, milk, mushrooms, shellfish, or nuts)?

You can edit this later in your “Taste Profile” settings.

From my experience, each serving costs $8.99 and there aren’t any bulk discounts. While Home Chef advertises a $6.99/serving, the only items at that price are the salads. Take a look at the price breakdown below.

NOTE: If you choose a plan for 2 people and 2 meals a week, your shipping costs will increase to $13.99!

 Meals Per WeekCost Per ServingServing CostsDelivery FeeTotal Weekly Costs
2 People Plan2$8.99$35.96$13.99$49.95
3$8.99$53.94$6.99$60.93
4$8.99$71.92$6.99$78.91
5$8.99$89.90$6.99$96.89
6$8.99$107.88$6.99$114.87
4 People Plan2$8.99$71.92$6.99$78.91
3$8.99$107.88$6.99$114.87
4$8.99$143.84$6.99$150.83
5$8.99$179.80$6.99$186.79
6$8.99$215.76$6.99$222.75
6 People Plan2$8.99$107.88$6.99$114.87
3$8.99$161.82$6.99$168.81
4$8.99$215.76$6.99$222.75
5$8.99$269.70$6.99$276.69
6$8.99$323.64$6.99$330.63

Shipping & Delivery

Home Chef says they deliver to 98% of the United States. To see if you’re in the delivery zone, you’d have to input your zip code during sign up.

Here’s some more information regarding their delivery: 

  • Boxes can be delivered Monday-Friday depending on your area.
  • The ingredients in the package are kept refrigerated using ice packs and insulated liners. 
  • Shipping is $6.99 unless you choose 2 person, 2 meals per week (becomes $13.99)
  • You can edit your addresses in your “Account Information” once you’ve signed up.
  • In the “Subscription” tab, you can adjust your delivery day and subscription type (weekly, biweekly, or monthly).
  • Packaging is recyclable or reusable.

Recipe Selection

Be sure to take a look at their menu before signing up! Once you sign up, your meals are pre-selected based on your taste profile. You can edit your taste profile later as needed.

Your meals are very easy to edit. Simply head to the “Upcoming Orders” tab and scroll to the desired week. From there hit “edit meals” and choose from 22 meals every week.

Home Chef offers 22 different meals every week. There’s a variety of Meal Kit and Easy Prep Meal Kit options. There’s also some 15 Minute Meal Kits for quick, easy meals. The rest are just protein packs for those who want pure protein. 

There are also premium meals labeled as “Culinary Collection” which range from $11.95 to $14.95 per serving. 

Under the meals you can find cooking time, allergens, and customization options. The yellow shirt and red heart icons next to cooking time indicate lower calories or carbs. There’s also a green leaf that signifies vegetarian. 

The “Customize It” option allows you to swap out one protein for another. Some have free options but many have additional fees (from $1.99 to $9.99 extra!)

Each meal on Home Chef’s website provides the following information:

  • Prep & Cook Time
  • Difficulty Level
  • Cook Within Time Frame
  • Spice Level
  • Allergens
  • Ingredients Included
  • Ingredients You Need
  • Nutrition Per Serving
  • Before You Cook
  • Cooking Guidelines
  • Step-by-Step Recipe Directions

NOTE: There’s a minimum of 2 servings and a maximum of 8 servings of each meal. It may be different for you though.

Skipping & Cancellation

To skip a week, go to your “Upcoming Orders” and scroll to the desired week. Next to the “Edit Meals” button is the “Skip Week” button.

When skipping, Home Chef gives you an option to donate your meal. You can donate $40, $60, or $80. If not, you can just skip your order.

You can also pause your account in your “Account Information”. Go to the “Pause Account” tab, choose your reasoning and you’re good to go.

NOTE: Home Chef closes the weekly menu the Friday before delivery at noon (CST). Make your edits before then!

Ingredients & What's Not Provided

Home Chef says they occasionally have organic ingredients but not all the time. There are organic options from time to time in the customization options as well. 

Each meal tells you exactly what ingredients will be provided and what is needed to cook this recipe.

Below is an example from their Salmon and Lemon Tarragon Crema. It shows what they send you, what you’ll need, and nutrition information.

Inside The Box

When you receive your box, hopefully it wasn’t beat up like mine was. You’ll know it’s from Home Chef as it’s labeled on the box. They also have a label showing where each ingredient is sourced.

Inside the box, you’ll be greeted by the recipe cards. Lifting open the insulated lid, there’s a few ice packs and everything you’ll need for your cooking journey.

I was surprised to see the ingredients being separated into their own reusable bags. Each recipe has their own bag of ingredients. The proteins are still kept in the bottom compartment to avoid contamination. 

Meal Review

I got a 3 meal plan for 2 people. My plan was to try different a meal from each of their categories. Below are summaries of my thoughts on the meals. For a more in-depth look, check out my full reviews!

The first meal was the Pretzel-Crusted Pork Chop. This is from their Classic Meal Kit category. This one took a while to make but tasted amazing! If there were a downside, it would be the insane amount of Brussels Sprouts.

The second meal was the Creamy Chicken and Cheddar Cornbread Pie. This is from their Easy Prep Meal Kits category. This meal was convenient and easy to cook. It’s really similar to a chicken pot pie and was fantastic!

The last meal was the Apple Butter Chicken and Butternut Squash. This is from their 15 Minute Meal Kit category. Super easy and quick to put together. All you have to do is cook. For how quick it comes together, it’s surprisingly delicious!

If I were to get Home Chef again, I would definitely go for their Easy Prep or 15 Minute Meal Kits. They’re easy to make and way better than microwaving frozen food!

Should You Try Home Chef?

I’d recommend Home Chef for anyone who:

  • Wants high-quality meals at a reasonable price
  • Enjoys easy to cook & quick meals
  • Has dietary preferences (low carb or low calories)
  • Likes to cook but doesn’t enjoy cleaning tons of dishes
My Rating
5/5

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