Last week I purchased our first Gousto box, it’s not something I would usually use as I like to visit my local butcher on a weekly basis and I grow my own veg but I was interested to see what this box was about and I knew that if I was intrigued by it that some of my readers would probably have been too. It’s always a bit of a risk signing up to a subscription service so I thought I’d give you a completely honest and Impartial review of the service.
Signing up to the service couldn’t be easier, you visit the Gousto website, choose 3 recipes, select how many people you will need portions for 2 or for 4 people, Enter your post code, choose your delivery day and click “Continue”.
If you have a discount coupon, you can apply it to your first delivery in the next step, before you click “Proceed to Checkout”. Complete the checkout process by entering your delivery and billing information. You will get a welcome email when you’ve successfully subscribed.
There are 4 types of weekly boxes available at the moment:
- Meat box for 2 people – £34.99 per week
- Meat box for 4 people – £49.99 per week
- Veggie box for 2 people – £33.99 per week
- Veggie box for 4 people – £47.99 per week
You can pause or cancel anytime. There’s no club fee and no annual fee, you only pay for the food you get delivered. Whenever you’re on holiday, simply skip those weeks using the calendar function in your account.
When pausing or cancelling deliveries, be sure to do so before the cut-off time of the delivery, which is always at noon on Sunday before the delivery.
I have to admit when it came to selecting my choices there were only two dishes that I really liked the look of, it was hard trying to select the third dish and I took a bit of a risk as I wasn’t completely convinced I had made the right choice. I loved the look of the Chicken Cashew stir fry and the Kedgeree and my third choice was a Beet burger.
My delivery was scheduled for Wednesday and arrived via courier, as I knew it was coming I made sure to stay in all day but it’s not something you need to worry about as you can leave delivery instructions when you order.
The box was well insulated and the ice packs inside were still frozen which I was impressed with, the box can be recycled and I was impressed that brown paper bags were used instead of plastic.
The box contained everything I needed to make three meals for two people except for oil, salt and pepper. I was impressed at how well everything was packaged, everything looked fresh and nothing was spoiled or broken
I popped the ingredient list on the fridge so I knew exactly what was needed for each dish and when it needed to be used by. I found this list incredibly helpful and it’s something I might start doing with my weekly meal planning to ensure I have everything I need for each meal.
The first dish I cooked was Chicken Cashew stir fry, I dislike following recipes so this was a challenge in itself! I found the recipe incredibly straightforward although I did raise my voice a couple of times when I realised how many dishes and pans I ended up using to prepare/cook the meal. I was initially sceptical that we would be full after looking at the portion of rice and chicken as I would usually use twice as much.
The end result was extremely satisfying and I was surprised at how much food I had made after my initial worry that we were going to be starving after we had finished our meal, if any thing I was really really full up. My only criticism if you want to call it that was that the dish was very salty, I hadn’t added any salt to the meal as I don’t usually use it so I think the salty taste must have come from the stock cube. Both myself and Mini Gourmand thought that this tasted as good if not better than some Chinese takeaway meals we have had so I will definitely be cooking this recipe again.
The second dish was one of our family favourites, Kedgeree. I was really looking forward to cooking this as some of the ingredients and the method was completely different to the one I use. I’ve never added roasted tomato to kedgeree, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever used tomato in this dish at all. I was worried that using the whole pack of parsley might have been too much, I would usually use a sprinkle of coriander.
I personally thought this was fantastic, I loved the addition of roasted tomato which added a delicious rich flavour, the chunky fish was great and it wasn’t overpowered by parsley like I had initially anticipated. Mini Gourmand practically inhaled hers which I think speaks for itself.
The final dish was the one I was a little worried about, if I’m honest I wasn’t looking forward to cooking or eating this one. Both myself and Mini Gourmand love beetroot but we couldn’t visualise how this Beetroot Burger was going to taste at all.
It just goes to show that you should never judge a book by it’s cover, we were both pleasantly surprised by this dish. I cooked my chips in the actifry as I find it doesn’t take as much oil but that’s the only time I swayed from the instructions. The tarragon mayo was absolutely delicious, I could have eaten a bowl full, the caramelised onions were to die for and the burgers were just delicious. Who would have thought beetroot and tarragon would have gone so well together, it was like a marriage in my mouth.
Overall we were really impressed with Gousto, apart from the saltiness of the first dish we found that the portion sizes were perfect, the ingredients were just the right amount kind of like when you get a can of gin and tonic, it’s just the perfect amount but when you fiddle with a bottle of gin and a bottle of tonic you can never get the measurements right.
Would I use it every week? No I wouldn’t because it doesn’t suit our family needs at all, for a family of 3 one of which is a toddler the cost of the box just isn’t affordable for us however as a treat now and again for myself and Mini Gourmand I would definitely purchase a box.
We were discussing the box and when it would fit into our lives and we decided that if we knew in advance that we would be having friends over for a few days it would be more cost effective to order a Gousto box than to go out for a meal, or if were had just moved into a new property and didn’t want to go out and purchase lots of bottles and jars that we would only need a teaspoon out of then Gousto would be great.
Gousto box is a fantastic idea, there is no doubt about that, if you would like to give it a try please feel free to use the money off code that was on my box, you could save yourself £20!