Blue Apron–Timelapse + Minor Analysis

I am investigating different ways to go about eating.  First up to try: Blue Apron.

There are a gazillion reviews of it, so I won’t focus there; instead I’ll go for my reaction.

Timelapse

First, here’s a timelapse of me preparing https://www.blueapron.com/recipes/potato-artichoke-quiches-with-romaine-orange-salad .  The time covered is from 5:54pm to 7:15pm or so – from the time my wife picks the recipe to me plating the food.

video caption here is what i entered

Analysis

Going through the video at normal speed, and inventorying myself:

Stage Their Est Me Comments
analyze recipe so I don’t miss anything. (none) 5:56-6:04
8 min
The text is pretty scrunchy, so I convert it to a flowchart of sorts.  I don’t refer to the flowchart again, but connecting all the things in a flow helps me consider everything.
Get Hardware (none) 6:05-6:08
3 min
Pots, pans, salt, pepper, oil, etc… and bowls for ingredients.
Unpack food (none) 6:08-6:11
3 min
Sorting 2 recipes, I had already made one.
Arrange (none) 6:11-6:13
2 min
I wanted everything easily visible and available in its own bowl.
Prep 15 min 6:13-6:31
18 min
I slowed down on the orange, I think. It was frozen-ish and my hands got numb.
Cook: 35-45 min 6:32-7:14
48 min
Broken down further
  Taters 12-13 min 6:33-6:46 13 minutes
  Taters+Art 2-3 min 6:46-6:49 3 minutes
  Mix with Egg   6:50-6:52 Everything till starting to pour them in
  Pour them   6:52-6:53 I was afraid of missing.
  Bake 18-20 min 6:54-7:14 20 minutes.  Thank you Timer.
  Salad   6:58-7:01 (Extra Salad Chopping)
Plating   7:14-7:16 2 minutes
(eating) Not included in the time lapse.
Cleanup 7:35-7:44 Unload + Load Dishwasher, Clean stove.

So end-to-end time with no technical debt: 2 hours.

It was quality time, with my wife hanging in the Kitchen with me as we chatted about stuff.

So Is It Worth It?

To try to analyze it more objectively, I think its a 3-D plot.

For Health Level, its a bit arbitrary.  1= bottom, 2=mid, 3=good.  Circle size = bigger = healthier.

I did not include Tastiness.

   

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The labels overlapped, its in the bottom right of the grid.

So,

  • Its healthier but much more time-costly than going to a place like Noodles & Co which is 20 minutes away.
  • Its better than costlier long-wait-restaurants like Mikato. 
  • Its about the same as driving 40 minutes to the Whole Foods to eat at the buffet there.
  • Amortizing the cost over 4 meals, its probably the same as going to a grocery store to shop, and then cook, something healthy .. maybe.  I don’t have actual samples on this yet.  I will soon.
  • I put Soylent on there. 
    • Assuming you don’t have an adverse reaction (I do)
    • and you don’t have objections to the idea
    • its “perfect” nutrition, very fast, and at fairly low cost. 
    • Its not friendly with my diabetes, either.

When viewed through this lens, I guess its okay.  Its not earth-shatteringly better, its just.. more tuned. 

Summary (so far)

You have to like, and have the time, for the cooking.

If you like cooking, and hate shopping, and like trying new things, it would be PERFECT for you.

For me, cooking is okay, the hard thing for me is the time.

I have one more recipe from them to try, then its off to Green Chef or something like that.

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