Freshly Review: Are These Fresh, Pre-Cooked, Never Frozen Meals Worth It?

For many people, they are constantly plagued with the decision to take the time to cook a healthy meal at home or pick up high-calorie food that’s loaded with preservatives from a drive-thru, simply because it’s easy. Fortunately, Freshly is one of the companies seeking to end that struggle by providing their customers with nutritious meals that are not only easy to make, but also delicious.

Freshly’s website states their mission is to “make you happy, healthy, and more free to pursue your passions.” They want to make eating convenient, healthy, delicious, and sustainable. They do this by providing meals that are easy to prepare and are always gluten-free, high in protein, low carb, and all-natural. They’ve partnered with top chefs and use only the best ingredients to ensure all their meals taste great. And they’re sustainable due to the recyclable package that every order comes in. They’ve even made a great effort to ensure every breakfast, lunch, and dinner entree is perfectly portioned, so you never have to worry about food going to waste.

With so many meal options at your fingertips, Freshly makes it easy to plan your meals in advance. And because they’re so easy to prepare, you are able to quickly fix a good-for-you meal and get back to your life in no time at all. There’s no more excuses to not eat healthy, thanks to subscriptions like Freshly.

How to Join & Choose Your Items

To get started with Freshly, you’ll first want to visit their homepage. You will see a place to enter your email address and your zip code, which will then inform you if you’re eligible to receive deliveries from Freshly. If you are, you’re good to!

The next step is to choose the type of meal plan you want. Freshly has four different options for you to choose from. You can opt to receive four, six, nine, or 12 meals per week. You are then prompted to choose which day of the week you’d like your meals to be delivered. Once you’ve gone through those steps, you can begin selecting the meals you’d like. If you have dietary preferences, you can also filter meals based on your needs to ensure you’re seeing only the options you want. After you’ve chosen the meals, you can go through the checkout process and complete your order.

You are able to make changes to your menu for the week and also your delivery day, but these changes need to be made prior to the weekly deadline. If your order has entered the production process, it is too late to submit changes.

Keep in mind that Freshly is a subscription service. This means that you will receive meals every week as long as your subscription is active. If you need to cancel or pause your subscription, you are able to do so by logging into your account.

Types of Food They Offer

Freshly provides you with a variety of meals to choose from each week. Everything they offer is gluten-free, always high-protein and low carb, and always all-natural. They also do not use processed sugars in their meals. Their meals are also free from artificial colors and artificial flavors.

When viewing their menu, you can view entrees or breakfast items. You can also filter your meal search based on dietary and food preferences. With so much to choose from, you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes.

A few of the available breakfast items have included: green chile and sausage frittata, BLT omelette, and also paleo quinoa porridge. Some of the available entree items have included the following: steak peppercorn, penne bolognese, southwest chicken bowl, roasted turkey, three bean ancho turkey chili, and shrimp fajitas. With both breakfast and entree options, those no need to choose an unhealthy meal again!

You can also find nutritional information and a list of ingredients for each menu item directly on their website. This ensures you’re able to check the details for each meal before adding it to your order.

Delivery

At the present time, Freshly’s delivery area isn’t quite as expansive as many other food subscription boxes. They currently only deliver to the following locations: California, Texas, Illinois, Washington, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon, Missouri, Utah, Oklahoma, Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Arkansas, Kansas, South Carolina, New Mexico, Mississippi, Iowa, Idaho, Nebraska, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.

Freshly is working hard to expand their service to reach more of the United States. It’s also important to note that their website states they do not deliver to all of the zip codes within the aforementioned states. You would have to contact Freshly to be certain they make deliveries in your area. The reason they aren’t able to serve everyone is because some locations will take too long for carriers to make deliveries, which will ultimately cause meals to spoil.

If you are able to receive meals from Freshly, they ship packages Monday through Friday. This means, you can expect your order to arrive between Tuesday and Saturday. The date of delivery all depends on the delivery date you selected when checking out and also on your location due to the ability of the carrier to make deliveries.

Once your order has been shipped, you will receive a shipping confirmation email that contains your tracking number and the expected delivery date. It’s a good idea to track your package so you know exactly where it is and you can then anticipate its arrival. Meals typically ship out one to two days before they are delivered.

Packages will always be shipped either by FedEx or OnTrac, so their delivery schedules will play a role in when you receive your order. Freshly chooses the carrier that is able to get the meals to you the fastest based on your location.

Packaging

When ordering food that needs to be kept cold, many customers worry about the freshness of their meals by the time it arrives on their doorstep. Thankfully, the food subscription boxes on the market today are very strategic about how meals are packed to ensure everything stays cold and fresh.

Freshly uses something called modified atmosphere packaging to keep food fresh during transportation. According to their website, this modifies the composition of the internal atmosphere of a package. This process ultimately extends the shelf life of fresh foods by 200% or more compared to packaging in air. It also lowers the amount of oxygen, which slows the growth of aerobic organisms and the speed of oxidation reactions. It essentially allows your food to last longer and there’s no need to use any kind of preservatives. Everything is kept cold through the use of non-toxic ice packs.

Your meals will also arrive with recycled denim insulation inside the box, as opposed to styrofoam. This packaging is biodegradable and Freshly encourages you to recycle it after you’re done. The individual meals are also packed in containers made from plastic and they have a plastic film over the top. The plastic used is of the highest quality, are microwave-safe, and do not release BPA when heated. This particular type of plastic can be recycled, which prevents it from ending up in our landfills and oceans.

Freshness of Food

As mentioned above, Freshly uses the process of modified atmospheric packaging in order to get meals from their warehouse to your home. This process is only part of the reason meals from there are so fresh. It ultimately goes back to the ingredients they choose to use in each of the breakfasts and entrees that they prepare for you.

They’ve created a selection of paleo-inspired meals that use only whole and natural ingredients. Their meals are packed with macronutrients such has high-quality proteins, heart-healthy fats, and nutrient-dense carbohydrates. And of course, everything is gluten-free and there are no refined sugars added. Everything is made to be healthy and delicious so you can enjoy a great meal without having to sacrifice taste or give up your favorite dishes.

Ease of Cooking

Freshly has designed their meals and packaging to be microwave-friendly. Everything is fully cooked when it arrives, so all you have to do is heat it up. There are instructions for heating on each meal container. This will tell you how long each individual meal needs to be cooked.

You’ll just need to slit the plastic film on the top of the packaging and place the meal in the microwave. Most meals need to cook for about two minutes, however all microwaves are different. You’ll want to keep an eye on your meal and check on it. With your particular microwave, your meal may be need less or more time for heating.

Although Freshly recommends preparing meals in the microwave, you can use an oven if you’d like. You cannot, however, use their plastic containers in your oven which means you’ll need to use your own pots or pans to heat up the food. Freshly recommends placing the meal in an oven-safe dish and covering the top with tin foil. You can then each the oven to 325 degrees or 300 degrees for a convection oven.

To cook a breakfast in the oven, they suggest heating for four minutes, stirring once, then placing back in the oven for two minutes. For lunch and dinner entrees, they suggest heating for eight minutes, stirring once, then placing it back into the oven for another two minutes. It’s important that you keep an eye on your meals while they’re cooking.

Taste

Because Freshly uses only the best ingredients in each of their meals, there’s no doubt that everything tastes great. Quality ingredients ultimately make the difference in how fresh and flavorful a meal truly is.

When it comes to the lunch/dinner entrees, the homestyle meatloaf is definitely a favorite. The meatloaf itself is juicy and delicious and the side of creamy potatoes and spinach is the perfect combination. There’s also no need to head out to a restaurant for a burrito bowl when you can have Freshly’s southwest chicken bowl. With tender chicken, wild rice, fire-roasted corn, chipotle sweet potatoes, and more, it’s no surprise that this one is a fan-favorite. And for breakfast, you really can’t go wrong with the green chile and sausage frittata, which is made with cage-free egg and is so fluffy and delicious.

Pricing

Freshly offers four different meal plans for you to choose from. You can opt to receive four meals, six meals, nine meals, or 12 meals each week. The meal plan you choose will obviously dictate how much your subscription is going to cost you.

For four meals, it will cost you $49.99 per week. Six meals costs $59.99 per week. Nine meals costs $89.99 per week. And 12 meals costs $107.99 meals per week. Do keep in mind that you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time. You just need to make sure you do so before their deadline, otherwise you will be charged for and will receive another week’s worth of food. You can also adjust how many meals you’d like each week if you find you need more or less.

Final Thoughts

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Overall, Freshly is a great option to consider if you’re looking for a food subscription box that provides you with meals that are healthy and made out of the highest quality ingredients. Their commitment to nutritious meals by cutting out the artificial additives and refined sugar allows you to enjoy great food without all the guilt later on, which is always a plus. The best part is that there’s no need to cut out favorites like pasta because their meal plan allows you to have it whenever you want.

It’s a great option especially for those who are gluten-free, since every single meal on their menu is made without gluten ingredients (no wheat, barley, or rye). With Freshly, tasty and healthy meals are just an order away, so it’s worth checking out for anyone who wants quick and easy meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Freshly
8.6 / 10 Rating
Quality of Food9.1
Overall Taste8.8
Price/Value8.3
Packaging8.1
Ease of Ordering8.6
Summary
Freshly sends delicious homemade meals right to your door. Unlike many of the other meal delivery services on the market, there is no need to even think about meal prep or cooking. They take care of everything for you.

Dan Scalco

As someone who is considered an "average" cook, I have looked far and wide for meal delivery services that will help save me time and money while still ending up with a tasty meal. In my quest, I have tested and reviewed tons of different food delivery services. I am using this site to share all of my findings with you!

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  • What if I need to cancel? Are they going to charge me some sort of cancellation fee? I don’t have time to read the whole FRESHLY website to find this information out.

  • Quite literally, I’ve tried at least a dozen or so different online meal delivery services over the past two years. It seems like there’s a few popping up every week. I have a few favorites that delivery me fresh ingredients, recipes, etc. Hello Fresh and Blue Apron have proven to be great options but since I move a lot for work, I usually have to cancel them after a few weeks. I randomly found Freshly when I saw a Freshly box outside one of my neighbors homes. After a bit of research on their website and via your review (thank you!) I decided to pull the trigger and join. I have to say that these meals are are pretty darn good! Since they come pre-made, I was expecting something like a frozen dinner. Nope… It was more like top-notch restaurant made the food, kept it cold, and gave it to me the next day. As I type this, I’m actually eating one of their meals :). The best part is the convenience. I come home exhausted most days and that’s doubly so when I decide to go to the gym after work. The absolute last thing on my mind is cooking dinner. Freshly just makes it easy. Microwave and BOOM you’ve got yourself a meal. Sorry if I’m rambling but I’m happy now that I have a glass of wine and a quick delicious meal…

  • So happy they finally expanded to my state!! No, these aren’t like frozen dinners. Freshly meals are 100 times better. No cooking or thinking even required.

  • They aren’t frozen yay! I’m tired at the end of my shift and need real food. Can’t be ordering because there’s no leftover money. I had a big problem stopping at fast food on the way home from work. Few clicks and I’m ordering some favorites. Only thing is watch the expiration date!! I forgot to freeze one meal when I went away over the weekend. Came back and it expired. I guess more my fault though. No cooking though!