Gousto Box is a weekly subscription box filled with ingredients and recipe cards for you to make new and exciting dishes at home. I was recently given the opportunity to try them out to see what I thought of them. The service offers food for both meat eaters and vegetarians, and in this post, I’ll look into just how well they cater for varied dietary requirements.
First of all, lets start with the process of setting up an account and ordering your first box. Sign up was pretty easy, and the website asked which day of the week I’d like my box delivered on which is good. When you’re all signed up, it’s time to choose your recipes. It’s great that you get to choose recipes beforehand rather than it be a bit of a pot luck, and the company decides for you. When choosing recipes, you have a few tabs you can choose from, including “most popular”, “lighter choices” and “vegetarian”. It is disappointing to see no vegan category, nor a gluten free category. This makes it harder to search for food that suits you, although it’s still possible.
For each recipe, you can look at all the ingredients that are delivered with it, so you are able to decide whether it’s right for you. The menu changes every week so you have something new to try every week, and each week you can choose two different recipes to be delivered to you.
When ordering my food, I found that the week I chose had very limited vegan options, although it had some great veggie options. In the end, I had to go for a Crispy Mushroom Dal, as this was the only vegan option. I chose a lasagne too, but this contained cheese so I gave the non-vegan ingredients to my flat mate and used alternatives instead. This was frustrating and isn’t something I’d want to do every week. Also, I don’t even like mushroom so I had to give them away too!
When it arrived, I was greeted by the strangest smell. I thought the food had gone off already, but upon opening the box, I found that it contained sheep’s wool, which is kinda gross if you ask me, and totally not vegan!! They say this is to keep the food at the correct temperature so it doesn’t go off, but I feel it’s so unnecessary. I asked for this to be removed but they said they are unable to do so, even after I said I don’t mind if the food isn’t as fresh on arrival. Inside the wool, they kept ice packs. I just feel there’s probably other ways they could have kept them ice packs cool…
But what about the food? Well, I was actually pleasantly surprised by the food. It arrives pre portioned which reduces food waste, as you know you’ll be using everything in the box. This is fantastic if like me, you’re a student/only cook for yourself, as I often never end up using everything that I buy. I find this to be especially true when it comes to fresh herbs like coriander which were included in this box. The box also came with a free wooden spoon which was a handy little addition.
The recipe cards were also super easy to follow, and the curry was really nice despite my hatred for coconut. The recipe cards use pictures to help guide you through the process, and are really simple, but produce really hearty meals.
Overall, I’m a bit on the fence about this box. I would love it if they offered more vegan options on a weekly basis, but with that taken into account, as well as the fact they use sheep’s wool in the packaging, I can’t bring myself to buy it again. If they change this and find an alternative to the wool, and offer at least one more vegan recipe a week, I’d be tempted to change my mind as it’s fantastic for people like me who struggle to come up with recipe ideas, and are also pretty lazy when it comes to food shopping.
Online they say it’s a great alternative to takeaways. In a way, I agree because I can totally be bothered to cook most nights, I just can’t deal with the energy it takes to think of something exciting to eat and go to the shop to buy all the ingredients, when I might not even use them all. But, I also think if you don’t like cooking, this isn’t ever going to replace takeaways for you as you have to essentially make everything from scratch.
Here’s how my curry turned out. Despite looking like sick, I swear it tasted so good. I of course, skipped the mushroom, and the chutney that I made to go with it didn’t really look like my thing, so I gave that a miss. But overall, it turned out great and cooked enough to last me two days. I got the two meals for two people deal, so each meal would be enough for two people/one person for two days worth of meals. This is perfect as I don’t have much freezer space, so I can just put the leftovers in the fridge and eat it the next day!
What do you think of the Gousto box? Have you ever tried any boxes similar or know of any similar? Let me know in the comments! And as usual, follow me on twitter below to keep updated with everything, and check out my socials in the sidebar!