Something completely different on the blog today – a review of Gousto boxes. It might seem a bit out of character for a book blog, but I used to post loads of recipe posts when I first started blogging, and they’re still really popular, so obviously some of you are just as into your food as I am 😉 Gousto came highly recommended by a friend, but I couldn’t find much in the way of comprehensive reviews, so I thought it might be helpful to share our experience. The photos aren’t particularly artistic, I’m neither a food blogger or a great chef, so they don’t do the recipes justice, but they hopefully at least give you some idea!
In short, we’re a pair of very busy, very lazy teachers, who aren’t organised enough when it comes to meal planning, and far too often we get home on a random Wednesday, realise there’s nothing convenient to cook, and order a takeaway or go out to eat. That’s not good for our waistlines or our budget, but we just never seemed to get organised or motivated enough to stick to meal planning/shopping/cooking for more than a few days! A friend absolutely raved about his experience with Gousto (the phrase ‘life-changing’ was genuinely used), and while we were skeptical, we figured it couldn’t hurt to try. We used a referral code which meant he got £15 towards his account, and we got 50% off our first box and 30% off our first month, picked some recipes and waited for our box to arrive.
How it works
For your first box, you just pick your delivery slot, choose your recipes, pay for the box and then wait! Your box will arrive, with recipe photocards and everything you need apart from store cupboard essentials (this initially gave me pause but it really has meant things like salt and oil). The first box is automatically set up as a subscription, which you can either pause, or keep running either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Pausing it is very easy – I tested it just to be sure! If you keep it running, you can change your delivery day easily (more on that below) and you just get charged when the box starts being prepared at midday, three days before – this is also the cut off time for your recipe choices. Recipes change every Tuesday so you can log in and choose your recipes as soon as you fancy, and they’ll just be prepped and charged for on your usual schedule.
The recipes we picked for our first box were: