Thursday, 11 May 2017

Gousto Subscription Box #Review

*I was gifted a box for the purpose of this review


A few weeks ago I was contacted by Gousto to see if I was interested in trying out their meal subscription service. Blake is a fussy eater and so most of the time has a different meal to what Stuart and I have. Recently I have been getting fed up of having the same meals week in week out and wanted to try something different. 

The main thing about Gousto that appealed to me was that everything comes all ready weighed and measured which of course makes meal times a lot more easier. Meal planning is something that I have found has gone to pot recently and its something we need to get back into doing. When it comes to Gousto it meant that we had 2 meals planned for us and so we only had to plan what we were having the other 5 days of the week. 

I have been wanting to try out a subscription service like this for awhile and as we like to stick to a budget when it comes to meals I thought that £27.49 for 2 meals for 2 people was a bit pricey to pay each week. So what did I think? and would I buy Gousto again? 



After looking at the Gousto website and selected the 2 meals that we wanted to try we then got to choose what delivery day we wanted. When the box arrived it was packaged well with cooling elements to keep the food fresh and chilled. The items in the box were also labeled and inside there was leaflet that explained how to store each of the items before use. 

The recipes are written up on cards and with each of the food items measured out and ready to go. This made making the meals much more simpler. The photos of the food on the cards look mouthwatering and so we were very eager to make up our delicious sounding meals. 

The first meal we chose to go for was Auntie Sues Chicken and Leek Pie. The recipe card was easy to follow and all we had to add was butter, flour, milk, olive oil, salt and pepper which we already had in our store cupboard. The card also tells you that you just double the ingredients for 4 people. The creamy and hearty chicken and leek pie took approx 40 mins to prepare and cook and we were soon enjoying our meal. The portion size was ample in fact so that we actually couldn't manage it all.


The next evening we really wanted to try out the next recipe which was Honey roast ham, egg and chips. The items have a short date on them and so we wanted to make sure we had the meals when all the ingredients were still fresh. Again the recipe was easy to follow and this time we only had to add olive oil, salt and vegetable oil. Just like the other card it tells you to double the ingredients for 4 people.  This comforting pub classic took approx 40 minutes to prepare and cook and comes with a delicious mustard mayo and side salad (kale).  Again the portion sizes were ample and this time we managed to finish it all and our bellies were full. 

So would I recommend  Gousto and would I purchase a box myself? Yes definitely the meals were delicious, easy to follow and portion wise ideal for the 2 of us. The great thing about the subscription is that you can cancel or pause at any time. I think it will be ideal if you know you have a busy a few days coming up and need to make cooking easier for you without grabbing the takeaway menu. The only thing I would find an issue is the cost which I guess depends on what your weekly food budget is. For some people the price may not be an issue for them. 

Fancy trying your own box?  You can get a £20 discount on each of your 1st and 2nd Gousto orders, on any sized box, meaning the 1st & 2nd boxes could cost £7.49 each. All you have to do is pop this discount code TORNADO at the checkout. 


37 comments:

  1. I've never tried one of these boxes before, they sound interesting

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    1. I keep hearing a lot about Gousto of late and it sounds like a really interesting way to try new dishes.

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  2. I really wanted to try Gousto out but the price often puts me off. It is good to know that the portion sizes are large though!

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  3. interesting read. sounds expensive unfortunately for what it is

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  4. I haven't tried one of these yet but the food you got looks amazing

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  5. I've heard so many good things about the Gousto box! I think it might be something we try when the baby arrives to make mealtimes that bit easier!

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  6. I have heard so many good things about the Gousto boxes! They seem like a clever way of trying new things without having to do all the work and shop for them!

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  7. Oh that looks lovely, I love the fact someone else does all the work for me with these boxes!

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  8. I have never tried a service like this either - the food looks delicious. Kaz

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  9. The sounds like a great idea if you're busy and working during the week.

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  10. I've seen loads about the Gousto subscription boxes, they looks amazing! I find things like this are so pricey though!

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  11. Oh they look lovely, I love having someone do the shopping for me in the form of the boxes!

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  12. I keep meaning to try Gousto, they keep handing me coupons on the underground. Maybe now i will ;)

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  13. Ive read a lot about these lately, they look to be good value and the food looks fab!

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  14. These sound wonderful and great that it comes with everything you need

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  15. I thought Gousto was a tad pricey before trying it but for an easy to make fresh meal they're so good x

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  16. The honey roast ham and chips sounds wonderful

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  17. These look nice. Good idea for people who work late and don't have time to cook

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  18. Looks like you got an amazing box. Sadly when I got mine some of the ingrediants were missing. Great idea though and a fab post

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  19. Looks tasty, glad the instructions were easy to follow and you'd try again :)

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  20. I've not tried one of these subscription boxes before - I'd like to though, your meals look nice :) x

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  21. This sound like an interesting concept. I wouldn't mind trying this out sometime. xx

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  22. I've never tried one these boxes before, they look great for meal planning for the family

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  23. I got the Gousto box last week too! Absolutely love their recipes!

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  24. I haven't tried one of these boxes they do sound interesting. I might have to try it out x

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  25. We love meal services like this! At our house when we know the weeks are going to be busy we have a box sent. No stopping at the grocery or worrying about what I'm going to make. We come home and in a half hour dinner is served!

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  26. I would never even have thought of trying this until I read your post. I am always struggling to come up with new recipe ideas so this sounds fab

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  27. I have heard a lot about Gousto lately.I wanted to try it but the price put me off.I love the concept though and the food looks nice.

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  28. The price puts me off these boxes too I'm afraid, the meals look and sound lovely but it seems like a lot to pay for two meals for two! :/

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  29. I recently review gousto too but didn't see these recipes, would have loved to try them!

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  30. The meals sound really good with lots of choice, but I don think the cost is too much - even more than a takeaway. Good with the offer though.

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  31. I tried Gousto after using a discount code from another blogger's review post and had mixed feelings. I paid about £10 for 4 meals and whilst one of the meals was divine the other was only so-so. There were a couple missing ingredients in one and for the cost I wasn't too impressed. Glad you got on well though.

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  32. that sounds like a great subscription to try, thank you for recommending!

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  33. Never tried these before, but for me they are too pricey. I can see how they would be great for busy workers though that work long hours and want easy healthy food

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  34. We loved our Gousto box when we tried it. Like you I thought the price might be a bit steep but changed my mind when the box arrived.

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  35. I've been wanting to try a meal subscription service, it would literally save me so much time.

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  36. I had a gousto box and it was amazing!

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