A Head to Head Price Comparison, Blue Apron Pricing Vs The Grocery Store

One thing that every cook from the most inexperienced of beginners to the most renowned 5-star chefs must pay attention to is the cost of the food they make and serve. With the meal in a box industry exploding right now, and a new competitor seemingly appearing every month, it can be confusing where to find the best value. A few months ago we published a Blue Apron Review, and in it, we compared prices for one of the meals to that of our local grocery store. We’ve had some debate over whether the conclusions we found would hold true to other Blue Apron recipes. We picked some of the most favorite recipes from the summer lineup to see how they stack up against the food available at your local supermarket.

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Blackened Chicken

1/2 cup jasmine rice 0.43
2 boneless chicken breasts 3.18
4oz cherry tomatoes 0.56
3 clove garlic 1.68
2 scallions 0.27
1 ear of corn 0.99
1 lime 0.6
1 zucchini 1.5
1 bunch cilantro 1
2 tsp ancho chili powder 0.58
1/4 cup mexican crema’ 0.65

total : 11.44

 

Bucatini and Tomato

3/4 cup bucatini pasta .89
1/2 pound fresh mozz 3.18
2 garlic cloves 1.12
2 summer squash 3
1/2 pound heritage Globe tomatoes 1.05
1 bunch basil 1.25
1 bunch oregano 1.25
2tbsp butter 0.88
2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1.2
2 tbsp tomato paste 0.53
1 oz castelvetrano olives 0.99
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 0.8

Total:13.46

 

Chicken Banh Mi

2 chicken breasts 3.18
2 carrots 0.22
1 bunch cilantro 1.25
1 persian cucumber 0.99
1/4 head red cabbage 1.99
4 tbsp red wine vinegar 2.4
3tbsp mayo 0.21
2tbsp hoisin sauce 0.68
2 banh mi rolls 1.8
2tsp sesame oil 0.91
bahn mi spice blend 0.8

Total: 14.43

 

Chilled Chicken Ramen

2 chicken breasts 3.18
1/2 lb fresh ramen noodles 4.96
4 oz summer bean 1.8
2 scalions 0.27
1 cucumber 0.99
1 tomato 0.99
1tbsp sesame oil 0.46
1tbsp sugar 0.15
1tsp fuikake 3.44
1/4 cup rice vinegar 0.4
1/4 cup soy sauce 1.15

Total: 17.79

 

Peperonata Pizza

8 oz fresh mozz 5.99
4 garlic cloves 2.24
4 gypsy peppers 2.89
1 bunch parsley 1.25
1 onion 0.99
1/2 bunch broccolini 0.9
2tbsp tomato paste 0.53
1tsp capers 0.52
2 tbsps white wine vinegar 1.02
1/2 cup semolina flour 1.21
1lb whole wheat pizza dough 3.99
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 0.23

Total: 21.76

 

5 meal total:78.88

 

Blue Apron 5 meal total: 49.95

 

In conclusion it’s fairly obvious that Blue Apron beats the grocery store hands down, but as we stated in the previous piece it’s even more important to not that these prices are based on exact amounts of meat and produce. For many of these items it would be impossible to buy them in the amounts needed for the recipe and thus in order to actually make these meals you would have to spend significantly more. It’s also worth noting that Blue Apron eliminates the need for you to go to the grocery store, saving quite a bit of time.

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