A Review of Home Chef

Updated on March 27, 2017
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Efficient Admin is a Project Coordinator who works at an engineering firm. She has been a homeowner since 2003 and loves to hike and cook.

Includes a three-ring recipe binder that comes with your first order.  You can add all of your recipe cards into this binder to keep them all together for future use.
Includes a three-ring recipe binder that comes with your first order. You can add all of your recipe cards into this binder to keep them all together for future use. | Source

Introduction

Home Chef is a food delivery service. You can go online, and once you create a new account with them, you can choose your food preferences, pick how many times a week you want the food delivered, and select how many servings for each recipe. The food is raw, and you cook it.

Keep in mind once that you sign up, you are on autopilot to get deliveries every week, unless you go to the website and delete the weeks you do not want a delivery. I do not have the time to cook every week, plus it is just me in my household, so I signed up for a monthly delivery of three different recipes that serve two people (they don’t offer single serving meals). But that is okay since the food was so good I didn’t mind eating them as leftovers.

Freshness

Everything I have received so far was very fresh. The vegetables and meats were in very good condition. The only recipe that did not appear five star was the Greek Chicken Salad. The romaine lettuce looked a bit wilted and not as green as I would have liked it; also the English cucumber was bruised in two different places and I had to cut that part off because it was not as crisp as the rest of the cucumber. Other than that I have been very pleased with the freshness of the ingredients, including the meat, and I did enjoy the Greek Chicken Salad. The dressing was really good.

The steaks have been the best cuts of meats I have ever had so far. Much higher quality than what my local grocery stores offer. They are each around three ounces so they are the perfect portion size.

Home Chef

Support@homechef.com

Tele: 872-225-2433

(M-F 9am – 6pm Central)

Home Chef is a subscription based service, meaning you will automatically receive meals from our menu based on your preferences, and they are updated weekly. You can make changes to your weekly menus anytime before Friday at noon CST. You are always able to skip weeks in advance, pause your account or cancel the service if necessary.

The shipping box arrived and all contents were cold.

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The box arrives with a layer of insulation to keep the ingredients cold during transit.The box is wrapped in these layers of plastic biodegradable material.These ice packs are biodegradable and can be reused or recycled.  They arrive in the plastic bag surrounding all the meat choices to help keep them cold / frozen.
The box arrives with a layer of insulation to keep the ingredients cold during transit.
The box arrives with a layer of insulation to keep the ingredients cold during transit. | Source
The box is wrapped in these layers of plastic biodegradable material.
The box is wrapped in these layers of plastic biodegradable material. | Source
These ice packs are biodegradable and can be reused or recycled.  They arrive in the plastic bag surrounding all the meat choices to help keep them cold / frozen.
These ice packs are biodegradable and can be reused or recycled. They arrive in the plastic bag surrounding all the meat choices to help keep them cold / frozen. | Source

So far I have had three deliveries to my front door for a total of 9 different recipes, at two servings for each recipe, which equals 18 meals for myself. It does not matter whether you are a beginner cook or a chef, Home Chef offers menu choices for your skill and dietary preferences. Their recipes are designed by chefs and tested by home cooks like you and me. Once your food is delivered, you can sign into your account and give a star rating and make any comments for each recipe you prepared.

Each recipe comes with a beautiful laminated colored recipe card explaining in detail what and how to do all you need to get the food ready and then cook it. The box with my three recipes arrived on delivery day around 1:00 p.m. I unpacked the box and saw a thick insulation was used around the food to keep it cool. This insulation is made with recycled cotton-enhanced biodegradable textile fibers. The meats were in a bag with five cooling packs. These cooling packs can be rinsed and reused, or drained of their non-toxic, eco-compatible fluid and recycled. Everything was cold when it arrived at my house.

After unpacking the box I put everything in the refrigerator until ready to prepare and cook. As shown in the recipe photos below, the meats are vacuum sealed and thawed and ready to cook.

All Three Shipments Arrived

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First shipment containing ingredients for three recipes of two servings each. This shipment also included the three-ring Recipe Binder.Second shipment containing ingredients for three recipes of two servings each.Third shipment containing ingredients for three recipes of two servings each.
First shipment containing ingredients for three recipes of two servings each. This shipment also included the three-ring Recipe Binder.
First shipment containing ingredients for three recipes of two servings each. This shipment also included the three-ring Recipe Binder. | Source
Second shipment containing ingredients for three recipes of two servings each.
Second shipment containing ingredients for three recipes of two servings each. | Source
Third shipment containing ingredients for three recipes of two servings each.
Third shipment containing ingredients for three recipes of two servings each. | Source

Cost

Each meal, no matter how much you order, is $9.95 per meal. If you order over $45.00 worth of food, you get free shipping. If you order under $45.00 worth of food, then you must pay $10.00 in delivery fees. My three recipe deliveries were $59.70 for each delivery (three recipes = six meals). Keep in mind there is no measuring ingredients since everything you need is in the box. On your very first order you also get a plastic recipe binder to keep all your colored laminated recipes all together. For new customers ordering for the first time, you will get $30.00 off your first order. You can also refer other people to use the service and get free orders.

The Recipes

My recipes came with pats of butter, sprigs of fresh herbs, small containers of sherry vinegar, marinara sauce, blue cheese, parmesan cheese, fig jam, red wine vinegar. The containers are as cute as can be and they are made of recyclable material.

Now the fun part! I choose the low-calorie option recipes and so far the recipes I chose were delivered to my door, include the following:

  • Greek Chicken Salad
  • Sirloin with Fig and Red Wine Reduction
  • Sirloin Steak with Blue Cheese Compound Butter
  • Skinny Chicken Mozzarella
  • Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili
  • Black Bean with Tortilla Strips
  • Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos
  • Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad

I unpacked the ingredients and prepared each meal and compared them to the photos on the recipe card (or course!). All of these dishes were excellent. Really Good! No complaints here. Except for the black bean tortilla soup – didn’t like that one so much.

The following are photos of each prepared recipe (includes the recipe card photo for comparison).

Sirloin Steak with Blue Cheese Compound Butter

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The finished product!The recipe photo.Here are all the ingredients that came in the box to prepare two servings.
The finished product!
The finished product! | Source
The recipe photo.
The recipe photo. | Source
Here are all the ingredients that came in the box to prepare two servings.
Here are all the ingredients that came in the box to prepare two servings. | Source

Sirloin with Fig and Red Wine Reduction

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The finished product!The recipe photo.These are all the ingredients that came in the box for two servings.
The finished product!
The finished product! | Source
The recipe photo.
The recipe photo. | Source
These are all the ingredients that came in the box for two servings.
These are all the ingredients that came in the box for two servings. | Source

Greek Chicken Salad

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This is the finished product!  This is a photo of the recipe card.  I enjoy comparing the two to see if mine turns out like the photo!These are all the ingredients included for two servings of the Greek Chicken Salad.
This is the finished product!
This is the finished product! | Source
This is a photo of the recipe card.  I enjoy comparing the two to see if mine turns out like the photo!
This is a photo of the recipe card. I enjoy comparing the two to see if mine turns out like the photo! | Source
These are all the ingredients included for two servings of the Greek Chicken Salad.
These are all the ingredients included for two servings of the Greek Chicken Salad. | Source

Skinny Chicken Mozarella

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Source
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Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

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The finished product. I never knew butternut squash with ground turkey worked so well!  This was one of my favorite dishes.Photo of recipe card. I must admit (I'm just going to go ahead and say it) I think my soup looked better than the recipe photo. It sure tasted delicious!Ingredients that came in the box for two servings.
The finished product. I never knew butternut squash with ground turkey worked so well!  This was one of my favorite dishes.
The finished product. I never knew butternut squash with ground turkey worked so well! This was one of my favorite dishes. | Source
Photo of recipe card. I must admit (I'm just going to go ahead and say it) I think my soup looked better than the recipe photo. It sure tasted delicious!
Photo of recipe card. I must admit (I'm just going to go ahead and say it) I think my soup looked better than the recipe photo. It sure tasted delicious! | Source
Ingredients that came in the box for two servings.
Ingredients that came in the box for two servings. | Source

Black Bean with Tortilla Strips

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The finished product.  Probably the least favorite so far. The liquid was supposed to be a tomato sauce consistency but this didn't happen.Recipe photo card.All the ingredients that came in the box for two servings.
The finished product.  Probably the least favorite so far. The liquid was supposed to be a tomato sauce consistency but this didn't happen.
The finished product. Probably the least favorite so far. The liquid was supposed to be a tomato sauce consistency but this didn't happen. | Source
Recipe photo card.
Recipe photo card. | Source
All the ingredients that came in the box for two servings.
All the ingredients that came in the box for two servings. | Source

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

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The finished product. The flour tortillas were a bit wimpy but I like them like that.  These were also very tasty.Recipe card photo. The tortillas in this photo are standing up by themselves.All the ingredients that came in the box for two servings of three tacos each, plus rice.
The finished product. The flour tortillas were a bit wimpy but I like them like that.  These were also very tasty.
The finished product. The flour tortillas were a bit wimpy but I like them like that. These were also very tasty. | Source
Recipe card photo. The tortillas in this photo are standing up by themselves.
Recipe card photo. The tortillas in this photo are standing up by themselves. | Source
All the ingredients that came in the box for two servings of three tacos each, plus rice.
All the ingredients that came in the box for two servings of three tacos each, plus rice. | Source

Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad

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The finished product. This salad was so tasty - I ate both portions in the same day!  Who knew shallots with white rice flour and fried in oil would be so tasty? That is the topping of this salad and added a special flavor to it.Ingredients for two servings of the Blackened Chicken Salad.
The finished product. This salad was so tasty - I ate both portions in the same day!  Who knew shallots with white rice flour and fried in oil would be so tasty? That is the topping of this salad and added a special flavor to it.
The finished product. This salad was so tasty - I ate both portions in the same day! Who knew shallots with white rice flour and fried in oil would be so tasty? That is the topping of this salad and added a special flavor to it. | Source
Ingredients for two servings of the Blackened Chicken Salad.
Ingredients for two servings of the Blackened Chicken Salad. | Source

Conclusion

I would highly recommend Home Chef to anyone who is considering a food delivery service and/or wants the convenience of having food delivered to your doorstep, where everything is perfectly measured out, which you don’t mind cooking yourself. There is a local company in my town where you can pick your recipes online and then pick them up at the store, except these recipes are already put together – you just cook them and that is all – no prep, no cleaning up kitchen. But it is a local store and not national.

I have been pleased with the easiness and freshness of these Home Chef recipes and they are just downright delicious.

Questions & Answers

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        Efficient Admin 

        16 months ago from Charlotte, NC

        billybuc, I like being called your friend. Thanks for reading and the nice comments.

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        Efficient Admin 

        16 months ago from Charlotte, NC

        FlourishAnyway, it's great for one person in that you would have delicious leftovers for the next day; and also I believe convenient for even two people as well as bigger families. I love how everything is premeasured with limited cleanup. Thanks for reading and comments!

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        Bill Holland 

        16 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I've heard of these services but never tried one. Great to read a review from someone who has tried it and from a person I trust...thanks, my friend.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        This looks great. It would be a great option for a single person or empty nesters. I like anything that is hard to mess up.

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