What’s For Dinner?
|Items boxed in cold bags|
|Za'atar Spiced Chicken and Bulgur|
|Spinach and Mozzarella Gnocchi|
The cards list in order the steps to prepare the meal so that everything is done at the same time. If you follow the cards exactly, everything hit the table hot. A few things I think might be helpful; When making the cod, or any fish, take it out of the package early. It has to be dry, not just on the outside, but as much moisture from fish should be eliminated. If not the fish becomes rubbery when cooked, so take it out of the package where it is sitting in water. Also, when you slice the potatoes for the chips, if you are going to have them sit after cutting them, put the sliced potatoes in water so they don’t turn brown. You can even cut them ahead of time and soak them and it reduces the starch in the potato which makes them crisp up better. When you are ready to cook the potatoes, dry them on a paper towel.
My initial feeling about the Blue Apron meal plan was skepticism. I like to shop for my own food because I’m very picky, especially when it come to my produce. When I opened the box, I was happy to see very fresh, individually packaged produce. While everything is individually packaged, nothing is prepackaged food. That is to say each fresh item is in its own labeled package, but still fresh. It is my firm belief that prepared meals should be prepared fresh at home and not throw something from a box into the microwave. Blue Apron accomplishes that, and gives cooks of all experience levels a chance to accomplish that. I am looking forward to next week’s selection already.