1. I love this post! We had a similar experience. We were so excited to try Blue Apron: what a cool concept, how convenient, how healthy, how wonderful…..not. We had some meals turn out nice, but when it said “30 minutes” I knew it would take an hour. And, the food started piling up for us too. Had to let it go.
    Great job painting a picture with this post. Life is about trying new things and deciding what to keep and what to let go to make our lives easier and happier!

    • Laurie Stone

      Tomi, Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who caved to the “Blue Apron” challenge. I think its for people who LOVE to cook. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them.

  2. You’re not alone regarding the craziness of Blue Apron, I’ve heard many complaints about the difficulty level of the recipes. I use Terra’s Kitchen–mostly all prepped (as in veggies cut, premeasured everything), every recipe is easy to make (even for the non cook) and usually only takes less than 30 minutes! (Not sponsored by them, just love them haha)

    • Laurie Stone

      Stacia, Will look into this service! Sounds right up my alley. Yes, I realized I don’t need to make everything by scratch for every ingredient in a dish. I’d even settle for 90% done and I add salt or pepper. Thanks for the tip.

  3. A woman after my own heart – and all I can say is that I admire you for even wanting to try! After 30 years of cooking (very basically) I am more than happy to let my husband do more of it and to have easy throw it together meals. I don’t even watch cooking shows – I just don’t care. So you still beat me in the kitchen 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, So jealous you have a husband who knows his way around a kitchen. That’s a huge plus. Randy barely knows how to boil water, so 99% of the cooking (before my wonderful chef son came along) was from yours truly. I’m so gratified to hear I’m not the only female out there who hates the stove.

  4. I love making pie. All else, yikes!
    I’m grateful for your experience, and even more grateful you told me.
    Now I can totally give Blue Apron a miss!

    • Laurie Stone

      Diane, Unless you love to cook, and I mean LOVE to cook, I’d give Blue Apron a pass. Still, for anyone who loves culinary stuff, I’d highly recommend it.

  5. I feel your pain. I got taht way with my organic produce box. every Wed, so much produce to wash and dry. Sooo much! And so much more $$ than even Whole Foods. I mean, No. Just .. NO.

  6. I’m betting they hear a lot of that! Too much, too often… I haven’t looked on their sight, so I don’t know the least amount of meals/days you can order, but the fewer the better for me. What about one of those services where you order already completed meals and just heat them up?

    • Laurie Stone

      Brenda, I’m looking into other alternatives. Yes, Blue Apron was too intense, perfect for real cooks, but not for the likes of me!

  7. Great post. I feel the same way about swimming. When I was in grad school there was a free pool. Swimming is great exercise, it’s a life long sport, it’s low impact, yada yada yada. I swam three days a week. I made the lifeguard teach me how to breathe every third stroke so I didn’t feel like I was drowning. I got up to 1/4 mile, which in swimming is FAR. I swam for an entire year. And then one day, walking in there, I had to tell myself the truth. I. HATE. SWIMMING. I love cooking though!

    • Laurie Stone

      Stephanie, Funny how there are things we think we’re supposed to like and then realize we hate them! I guess we all have those moments. At least you got some good exercise with swimming.

  8. Hi Laurie! Thank you for this review. I have been tempted to try it but now I won’t even go there! It’s so easy to think it will all go as planned but obviously, it doesn’t. And good for you for freely admiting it isn’t your thing! ~Kathy

    • Laurie Stone

      Kathy, I highly recommend it if you like to cook. I can see how some would really like it. But there was way too much work for lazy me.

  9. I am so glad to have read this! I’m one of those women who is so over cooking too! My husband likes to cook, and I’m happy to let him do it, but I wish he didn’t have a scorched earth approach to prep. Sigh. I would happily order take-out (or go out!) most nights. After so many years, I just don’t get a lot of pleasure out of food preparation. All that work, and it’s gone in twenty minutes. We’ve sort of reached a compromise: he cooks and I don’t complain about the mess (too much). He makes good cocktails too, so I guess he’s a keeper.

    • Laurie Stone

      Risa, Sounds like you have a wonderful man! He’s definitely a keeper. I know couples who switch off cooking and cleaning. Personally, I don’t mind cleaning when my son Paul cooks. I feel that’s a fair trade.

  10. I do enjoy cooking – but I have some old favourite recipes that are pretty straightforward – I love making curries, spaghetti bolognese, chillies, casseroles, pasta dishes & roasts. I only occasionally try out a new recipe – but as long as I can follow it easily then I’m happy. However, if my husband takes me out for lunch or dinner then my love of cooking goes temporarily out of the window – I never turn down a chance not to cook! I have never tried the food subscription route though so can’t comment 😊

    • Laurie Stone

      Linda, Sounds like you have a good repertoire. I’m the same way. I tend to do the same simple things over and over. That’s the only way I can provide food, it seems.

  11. I totally get it. It makes me laugh reading this because I SO KNOW. I did Hello Fresh and eh. It was similar. A few great meal ideas, but mostly I kept the ingredients and made other things w. them. Blah. Thanks for the truth!

    • Laurie Stone

      Andrea, Its funny, but I think Blue Apron would be great for a real cook. Unfortunately, as I discovered, that’s not me.

  12. We also tried Blue Apron for a while. Even though I do enjoy cooking, there were a few things that annoyed me, including the 27 freaking steps. Why did it have to be so complicated? And every meal took 90 minutes or longer to prepare, no matter what the directions said. I didn’t think I was than inept.

    Plus, I do have kids at home still, and turns out they don’t care for mole sauce or catfish. Go figure.

    • Laurie Stone

      Beth, It was way too fancy for me, but for anyone who truly loves gourmet cooking, this would be a hit. Sigh. Unfortunately, that person wasn’t me. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was too complicated.

  13. Love this post! I always feel a bit guilty when my boyfriend brings me delicious treats he’s baked at home, and I don’t bake anything for him. Why is it that we think women are genetically wired to enjoy cooking?

    • Laurie Stone

      Diane, So true! We’re supposed to be nurturers, which I’m glad to do in other ways. But the cooking/baking thing? Never got the gene, unfortunately.

  14. This had me laughing. I can’t do the peordered meal thing because it requires that you follow directions. I’d much rather chance it with the ingredients in my pantry and do it ala Frank Sinatra – My Way!

    • Laurie Stone

      Bryce, I came to the same conclusion. Too many steps and too many ingredients does not a happy cook make… at least in my house.

  15. Haha, I love to cook and are repeat Blue Apron subscribers for this reason. We love it at first, life happens, we get busy, the fridge over fills with rotten squash and baby carrots, we toss it out, we cancel the subscription, catch our breath, then subscribe again. It’s a vicious cycle he have been taking in for a good two years or so.

    My frustration is the recipes seem to always seem to leave some important detail out, leaving you going, wtf, were these brussel sprouts for? Until the last piece detail of adding the caramelized BS to the final concoction. What? Caramelized?! Where was that?! My husband and I both will look back over the instructions again and again and either not find it, or find it brutally misspelled or out of place.

    That and who wants a boring sear salmon four times a month. That seems to be their favorite.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jess, My problem is there are too many ingredients and too many steps. I can do a meal like this maybe once every two weeks, but twice a week? Good God, no. Sounds like you and your husband share the same love/hate relationship with this service.

  16. It takes 90 minutes to prepare their “easy” meals? That would drive me crazy and I love cooking.

    Good to know, stay way from Blue Apron 🙂

    Funny post. Good for a laugh.

  17. This was hilarious. I used to cook all the time when our kids were little, and now that we’re empty nesters, the only time I like to cook is when there are enough leftovers that all I have to do is press “cook” on the microwave. lol

  18. This made me laugh because I would be you if I subscribed. I don’t cook. Let me rephrase that, I have one dish that I make well. Then I have Healthy Choice dinners and take out. But I grew up with a Father who was a chef. As far as I’m concerned, men are supposed to be the cooks, so that was part of the criteria in my husband electing process. My ex-husband was a cook in his family restaurant. My current husband is a CIA trained chef. Mama didn’t raise a fool.

    • Laurie Stone

      Oh my God, Jennifer, you’re the luckiest woman on the planet. What incredible kitchen karma. You’re obviously very good at picking out husbands and fathers!

  19. LOL. This sounds like my mom. She really has to be in the mood in order to cook. I on the other hand love cooking! I cook mostly from scratch every day and I love Sun Basket in terms of meal kit delivery services.

    • Laurie Stone

      K. Elizabeth, I envy anyone who truly loves to cook. You cook from scratch every day? All I can say is you must be a very popular woman.

  20. I don’t think it sounds like you were incompetent at all, just not willing to live with the pressure the constant arrival of those boxes ended up putting you under. The schedule took away all the fun. Good reason to stop.

    • Laurie Stone

      Karen, You’re so right about that. I find that once (maybe twice) a week, I actually want to cook. Then I find it fun. It was the constant “should” feeling that broke the spell.

  21. I really enjoy your writing! This one made me laugh because sometimes I feel the same way about cooking. I’m sharing this in a roundup post to publish on Dec 2, 2017,

    • Laurie Stone

      Carol, Except for the shopping, I didn’t feel it saved any time. If the meals were super simple, maybe it would’ve.

  22. I hate cooking too! ( We should start a no-cooking club) LOL. But I do LOVE to bake. Cooking just seems messier to me, too much to clean up after PLUS you have to stay there and watch the pot ( or it burns). Been there, done that…way too often. I do feel attracted to slow-cooker cooking though. Drop the ingredients in and GO! On the other hand, baking gives me that sense of serenity and accomplishment that many cooks seem to have.

    • Laurie Stone

      Darlene, My problem with baking is I’d eat everything I made. I’d probably gain 20 lbs. in a month. You look skinny in your picture so not sure how you do it!

  23. This is SO the opposite of me. I would never try Blue Apron mostly because I don’t want anyone telling me what or how to cook! I hate that. Plus all of that waste they make. But mostly I love to create in the kitchen, and Blue Apron is not a creative outlet!

    • Laurie Stone

      Shari, Blue Apron is for people (like me) who need as much hand holding as possible. My son Paul is a good cook and loves making things up as he goes. Most of the time, everything’s delicious.

  24. No..I don’t like cooking. Even though I CAN cook. We went from Empty Nesters that required about 2 meals a week and we ate the leftovers the rest of the time to having a daughter and 2 grandchildren moving in with us for a season. The children need dinner every night. What’s up with that? Any blogger who quotes a Gordon Lightfoot song in their post is tops to me!

    • Laurie Stone

      Cathy, So funny, those Gordon Lightfoot lyrics just popped in my head! I’m the same way as you. I can cook and even put out a decent meal. I just don’t like doing it. Enjoy your daughter and grandchildren!

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