Fresh Prep Review
Hey there, I’m Josh from The Quick Dish, and I’d like to thank you for visiting our Fresh Prep review. I hope you find the following content informative and helpful when choosing your next meal kit delivery service. Please feel free to share any experiences you’ve had with Fresh Prep or any other meal kits, for that matter. We’d love to hear from you.
Before I get into the full features and benefits of Fresh Prep, here’s a little introduction to the company. Established in 2014, Fresh Prep, now a certified B Corp, is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, founded by Becky Brauer, Dhruv Sood, and Husein Rahemtulla. Initially focused on delivering high-quality meal kits within the Greater Vancouver area, they’ve now branched out to cover Greater Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon.
And, most recently, Fresh Prep now offers the same high-quality meal kits to customers in neighbouring Alberta. When writing this, their service has grown to cover Calgary, including Okotoks and Airdrie and Red Dear and as far north as Edmonton.
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Quality Fresh Ingredients
Flexible Subscription Plans
Fresh Prep Contact Info
Plans and Prices
Recipes delivered per week
(each serves 2)
|Recipes per week||Price per serving||Shipping||Weekly total|
|2||$13.50||FREE||$13.50 *Discount Applied|
|3||$12.75||FREE||$36.00 *Discount Applied|
|4||$12.25||FREE||$57.50 *Discount Applied|
Recipes delivered per week
(each serves 4)
|Recipes per week||Price per serving||Shipping||Weekly total|
|2||$12.25||FREE||$57.50 *Discount Applied|
|3||$10.95||FREE||$90.90 *Discount Applied|
|4||$10.50||FREE||$127.50 *Discount Applied|
Fresh Prep - Convenient and Sustainable
Fresh Prep Mission
The Fresh Prep Zero Waste Kit
Now, this is something we can get behind: Pre-chopped, measured ingredients packed in reusable, returnable containers. If you’ve ever wanted to try meal kit delivery but felt there is just too much waste associated with them, you’re not alone. And, you’re not wrong.
Typically, meal kits come packed with an assortment of small containers and plastic bags. Granted, a lot of that material is recyclable. However, it still doesn’t address the most important of the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).
How does the Zero Waste kit work?
The Fresh Prep Zero Wast Kit gets delivered to your door in a reusable cooler bag containing pre-cut, measured ingredients sealed in a convenient storage container similar to a snap lock.
I love how easy Fresh Prep has made its zero-waste kit. First, remove the container from the cooler bag and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook the recipe. Then, when you’re ready to cook, remove and pour out each ingredient as per the easy-to-follow recipe. Cook and enjoy! Since there’s no prep other than cooking, clean-up is simple, making the Zero waste kit not only convenient but highly sustainable as well. Win-Win!
When done, rinse the reusable cups, either under the tap, or place them on the top rack of your dishwasher. Fresh Prep takes care of the more thorough sanitization once they collect the Zero Waste Kit. Fresh Prep will collect the entire kit on their next delivery.
Also, it’s worth noting that Fresh Prep provides the Zero Waste kits at no additional charge to its customers. In addition, they are part of the regular weekly menu options. While there are plans to expand on the Zero Waste recipe options, currently, you can find two recipes among the weekly offers. I sure hope to see more variety soon, and I believe that Fresh Prep’s commitment to sustainability will ensure a move towards more of this feature.
Our First Hand Experience and Fresh Prep Review
Alright, so let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the Fresh Prep review and my first impressions. First, I’ll admit, my expectations were relatively high as I was excited to try the Fresh Prep Zero Waste Kit for the first time.
The Fresh Prep Delivery
Fresh Prep provided us with a delivery window between 10 Am and 4 Pm, and from the option of Sunday, Monday, or Wednesday, we decided to go with Wednesday. We received a confirmation email with our order details and the delivery time when our order was complete. In addition to the email, they provided an SMS (Text) option to receive delivery status and notifications via cell phone. We did, however, experience a bit of a delay when it came time for our delivery. We received two delay notifications which pushed our order delivery closer to 8 Pm. However, I will say that the communication level was great. And, we had plenty of time to make alternate dinner plans for that evening as it wasn’t looking like we’d receive our order in time.
Suppose you’re familiar with other meal kit delivery services. In that case, you’ll know that orders are typically shipped in an insulated cardboard box with the recipes either packed in a paper bag or a single-use plastic bag. When our order arrived, I was happy to see that it was delivered and packed in the returnable cooler bag as described. Next, we removed the Zero Waste Kit and regular recipe and stored them in the refrigerator until we were ready to cook.
Our First Impressions of Meal #1
Upon arrival, I inspected the kits to see what the condition of all the ingredients was. Unfortunately, I’ve been disappointed with the quality of the various meal kits I’ve tried in the past. However, I’m pleased to report that all the ingredients that Fresh Prep provided were fresh and crisp. Everything looked like it could have come straight from the grocery store. Since it was too late to cook my meals that night, I stored the recipes in the fridge for the night.
When I was ready to cook the first meal, I first read over the entire recipe. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. My first meal (Indian chicken tikka wraps) was one of Fresh Prep’s “1 Pan” options, rated as easy and a 30-minute recipe.
The prep time and cook time were accurate and as described in the recipe. I tend to cook ingredients like chicken a little bit longer than they suggest, but that’s just my personal preference. Finally, I rinsed all the plastic, minus the meat packaging, and tucked it back in the cooler bag to return to Fresh Prep.
The results were quite tasty! And, as far as portions are concerned, I found the main to be a decent size and the side salad to be more than enough for two people. I would eat this meal again.
Our Second Fresh Prep Meal
When it came time to cook the second meal (Spicy chorizo & egg hash), I was already familiar with how the Fresh Prep recipes worked. However, this time I was preparing the Fresh Prep Zero Waste Kit meal, and admittedly, I was looking forward to seeing how they worked firsthand. It’s worth noting that there is very little extra prep involved with these kits, which is highly convenient. With the small amount of additional prep finished, all that remains is to add the pre-measured ingredients as per the recipe.
In addition, there is minimal extra packaging in the recipe, besides the meat products, of course. And what little there is can be rinsed along with the kit containers and returned in the cooler bag.
As it turned out, we had a guest show up that evening, so I added a couple of extra eggs that we had on hand, and we could feed a third person easily. The meal turned out quite lovely and luckily we were able to improvise just slightly.
Fresh Prep Review Final Thoughts
I hope you’ve found this Fresh Prep review helpful. Overall, I was delighted with the quality of our Fresh Prep meal kits. The ingredients were fresh and crisp! The recipes are easy to follow, and the result is a nicely portioned, tasty meal that everyone will enjoy. I especially like the Fresh Prep Zero Waste Kit concept. I hope that they expand on the weekly offering, if not replace their standard recipes altogether. When I browse through the upcoming weeks and recipes, I see enough variety to keep things interesting. However, I’ll likely skip deliveries until I see a recipe in the Zero Waste kit that I want to try.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I'm not home to accept my delivery?
No problem. The insulated cooler bags are packed with ice packs and insulated liners to ensure that your ingredients will stay as fresh as possible for as long as it takes even if you’re not home to receive the delivery.
Can I return packaging to Fresh Prep?
Absolutely, Fresh Prep drivers will pick up and return the following items.
- Cooler bag
- Zero waste kit including cups and lid
- Rinsed soft plastics
*Not including meat packaging.
*Please note that Fresh Prep is not able to accept items that were not originally sent in your delivery such as other household recyclables.
When does Fresh Prep deliver?
Fresh Prep delivers between Saturday - Wednesday, with time slots varying based on your location. Delivery options are growing over time, and current options for your location can be found by signing up for an account, or on your Account page.
Can I skip a week, or even more?
Definitely, and it's easy to do. You can change, modify or cancel your orders up to Wednesday at 11:59 PM before your next delivery. For instance, if you have a delivery scheduled for Monday, you have until the Wednesday prior to change your delivery.