This post is brought to you by Blue Apron.
It seems like every delivery includes an ingredient or two I haven’t tried before. Last week, it was ghee and bagoong, both of which were completely new to me. I won’t lie, turns out I’m not the biggest fan of bagoong, which was used in the Shrimp & Mustard Greens recipe pictured here. But ghee? I’m totally into it!
I didn’t know it until I watched this video, but ghee is an oil made from milk. Apparently, because it’s such a purified product, there are many people who feel ghee is loaded with health properties. And though it’s made in cultures around the world, it’s especially associated with Indian cooking. One tidbit I also learned: those who don’t tolerate lactose can usually eat ghee without a problem.
The ghee Blue Apron uses is made by Ancient Organics, a small artisanal company based here in California. It was founded in 2003 by two Ayurvedic practitioners, and is currently owned and operated by Matteo Girard Maxon. I LOVE that about Blue Apron — they work hard to source ingredients from local, responsible sources.
I started using Blue Apron this past summer, and I continue on as a big fan. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s the 411: Blue Apron delivers chef-designed recipes, and all the farm-fresh ingredients you need to make the recipes, right to your doorstep. No trips to the grocery store and no waste from unused ingredients. Boxes arrive with three meals per week — for two or four people, and the price is $9.99 per person with always free shipping. They offer a large selection of recipes and they add new dishes to their menu every week — and you can access all the recipes online, even if you’re not a customer. Blue Apron is probably available in your area, because it ships to over 80% of the country.
Want to give it try? Well you’re in luck! The first 100 Design Mom Readers get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order!
A couple of other things you should note, if you’re planning to try it. Blue Apron ingredients arrive in refrigerated boxes. So don’t stress out if you’re not at home when your package arrives. There’s no commitment — you can skip or cancel the service at any time! And my favorite parts: all their meals can be prepared in 40 minutes or less, and like I mentioned above, ingredients are incredibly fresh and sourced from quality local suppliers and artisans.
I didn’t realize how much I would appreciate using this service. On busy evenings, knowing there are ingredients and a recipe waiting for me is invaluable. And I love how it gets me out of my same old dinner ruts, and keeps me from relying on take out. I’m thinking Blue Apron would be a great gift for any over-scheduled parents on your list!
Now I’m curious: Have you ever tried ghee? Or bagoong? I’d love to hear!
P.S. — Know where the name comes from? I found out when I started using their service: chefs in training around the world wear blue aprons — it’s a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking.