Freshly Made First Impressions

Yak6 and I decided awhile back that we wanted to try some pre-made foods, so we did what just about everyone else does these days. That’s right – we did an expanding square search on the InterWebs until our eyes feasted upon the good folks at Freshly Foods (www.freshly.com). We were intrigued by their products and service. Great reviews, too!

Shrimp and chicken meals
Korean-Style Shrimp with Rice paired with Homestyle Chicken and Butternut Mac & Cheese

So, about three weeks ago, we decided to try them out. The first thing you do after looking at the menu items, of course, is to plug in your zip code to see if they do in fact, deliver to your area. I’m sure they have a few places they don’t deliver to, but it also makes a difference on whether it’s a one or two day delivery process. Now you can look at the menu and see if they have anything you want. 

Here’s a description of Freshly from Megan in their Customer Service Department:

“We’re a weekly subscription meal service that delivers fresh (not frozen) prepared meals, developed by our team of chefs and nutritionists. They’re fully cooked so all you have to do is heat ‘em up—each meal is ready to eat in only 3 minutes. So no more worrying about what’s for dinner (or lunch!). No shopping, no chopping, no cleanup. But also no artificial ingredients, preservatives or added sugars.

We started Freshly because we believe eating fresh, nutritious dishes every day should be easy for everyone. So we do all the hard work for you—sourcing high-quality ingredients, making sure each meal you eat is nutrient dense and packed with the good stuff, and expertly cooking your food to order so it tastes fresh and delicious.”

How does the order and shipping process work? Again from Megan:

“After you place your first order, you’ll be charged in our system. You can head to your Meal Planner to review your meal choices, delivery address, and delivery day.

Your meals will be prepared fresh for your delivery and packed up in our chilled boxes for shipping (which takes 1 or 2 days depending on your ZIP code). Our packaging is specifically tested to keep your meals cold for two full days of transit, plus twelve hours on your doorstep. As soon as your order is picked up by our delivery partners, you’ll receive a tracking email so you can keep an eye on your meals (and even sign up for notifications directly from the carrier). You can also locate your tracking link under your Meal Planner by selecting the “Track my meals” button in the top right corner.

If you’re not home at the time of your delivery, the carrier will leave your box at your front door for when you return. If you live in an apartment building, your box may be left in the lobby or a communal mail area.

As soon as you pick up your box you can unpack the meals and pop them in your fridge. If you need any help with recycling the packaging, you can check out our instructions here.”

We decided to try their six meal per week plan, choosing these six entrees.

  • Steak Peppercorn with Sautéed Carrots and French Green Beans.
  • BBQ Shredded Beef with Roasted Carrots and Cornbread.
  • Penne Bolognese.
  • Turkey Meatballs and Linguini with Spicy Arrabbiata.
  • Homestyle Chicken with Butternut Mac and Cheese.
  • Korean-Style Shrimp with Stir Fry Rice.

They arrived today, in a big box a little bigger than a book box, heavily insulated with very environmentally materials. Yak6 immediately removed them from the box and put them in the refrigerator for later. Freshly says they are good for five days in the fridge after delivery, but they are freezable. Once dinnertime rolled around, we decided to start with the Homestyle Chicken and Korean-Style Shrimp.

After three minutes for each meal in Old Nukey, we divided them up so we could each try both meals. (See photo above).

We both agreed the serving sizes were good, and they tasted great. We both noted that the Korean-Style Shrimp dish had a little heat to it, not much, but enough to give it some kick.

We are looking forward to trying the remaining menu items in our weekly plan. The way the plan works, we will receive the same order next Wednesday unless we change it. They do allow you the options of up or down sizing your plans, or temporarily suspend them if you will not be home for awhile, or just want to take a break.

So far, so good – we are impressed.