Guess what, guys? One week from today, Razzle Frazzle is turning THREE. That’s right—we’ve been at this for three whole years, and we wanted to do something fun to celebrate and thank the people who read our blog.
Before we get into that, though, we wanted to take a minute and tell you a little bit about one of our favorite subscription services ever: Blue Apron. You’ve probably heard of them (or at least the concept, which has gained popularity in the years since Nicole wrote this profile on the company). Every week, they come up with recipes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and send their members everything they need (besides salt, pepper and cooking oil) to make those dishes at home. The perfectly-portioned ingredients arrive on your doorstep in a refrigerated box with step-by-step photo recipe cards to help you follow along. We’ve been loyal members for more than a year now, and we have yet to receive a recipe we didn’t absolutely love.
Most of the recipes take about 45 minutes start to finish, making them a great option for weeknights. Admittedly, some of the prep steps are pretty involved, but if you have someone helping you in the kitchen (like we do!), it can be a really fun activity for couples or families who love to cook. With a lot of the “family style” dishes, you’ll usually end up with leftovers, which really stretches out the cost per meal ($9.99 per serving/$59.94 per delivery for the three-meal, 2-Person Plan; $8.64 per serving/$69.92 per delivery for the two-meal, Family Plan).
Blue Apron makes it super simple to customize your meals. While they don’t yet accommodate for food allergies or vegan diets, you can opt for all-vegetarian meals (with the 2-Person Plan) or de-select certain meats and/or seafood from your menu options. Once these criteria are set, you can choose your meals from the four options presented each week, via the website or mobile app.
If you’re on a budget, $60/$70 can be a little pricey to keep up each week. That’s why we love the fact that you can skip a delivery (or two or three or four) whenever you need to, no questions asked. Just go to your delivery schedule six days before your next box arrives and skip it. Your credit card won’t be charged, and you can access the recipes you’re missing in case you decide to try it on your own later. (That goes for all Blue Apron recipes, by the way: You can view all of their past meals right here on their Cookbook page.)
Although we’ve never gone for any of Blue Apron’s add-on items, you can purchase cooking gear, cookbooks and wine directly from their website. They also recently introduced a wine subscription program, which offers six 500 mL bottles of wine per month for $65.99 plus tax. As a Blue Apron recipe subscriber, your wines will complement your upcoming meals, so you can feel like a true sommelier, even if you’re like us and typically reach for the cheapest bottles your local liquor store has on hand.
If you’re not happy with Blue Apron for any reason, you can always cancel your subscription by contacting customer service. But to be honest, if you like to cook, you’ll see no reason to cut your ties. Whether you can afford to be a weekly subscriber or just get a box every once in a while to #treatyoself like we do, you’ll love this fun and exciting way to discover new recipes.
After you’ve enjoyed a few Blue Apron deliveries, the company will credit you with several free deliveries to give to family and friends who haven’t tried them yet. We’ve accumulated five free deliveries to send, so we wanted to give five Razzle Frazzle readers the chance to experience the awesomeness that is Blue Apron. Winners will receive one free box containing 2 four-serving meals or 3 two-serving meals, depending on the option they choose.
The rules: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18+ who do NOT currently have a Blue Apron account. You must provide a valid email address, as this is how you will be able to claim your free Blue Apron box should you win the giveaway. Entries will be closed at 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2016. Five winners will be selected and notified by email on March 21, 2016. Winners will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize; otherwise, another winner will be selected.
That’s it! Click the link below to enter for one of five chances to win a free Blue Apron delivery. Good luck!
-The Razzle Frazzle Team
Disclaimer: Blue Apron is not affiliated with this giveaway in any manner. Razzle Frazzle was not asked to run a giveaway, nor did we receive any compensation or incentive to do so. Winners must follow the instructions provided in the email from Blue Apron in order to claim their free box. Blue Apron does require credit card information upon signing up, but you can cancel your account after your first trial delivery by contacting customer service.