Chances are you’ve heard of Blue Apron: a meal kit service that delivers farm-fresh ingredients to your doorstep, complete with step-by-step recipes.
But did you know that the Blue Apron app does more than let you easily manage your account on the go? It’s also a great way to discover seasonal recipes, learn new techniques, and watch how-to cooking videos.
First things first: If you’re not a Blue Apron subscriber, you can sign up in the app. Once you do, the Current tab displays the menus you’ll receive in your next delivery, while the Upcoming tab lets you choose the recipes for your next four weeks’ worth of boxes.
Worried about accidentally getting a delivery you don’t want? Set up push notifications to remind you before each order is finalized, so you can make changes to your menu or pass on the drop-off altogether.
The app also has a library of more than 1,400 recipes, available for free to subscribers and non-subscribers alike in the Recipes tab. Browse by main ingredient, season, or cuisine. Each recipe offers photo instructions and tips from other users; some also include how-to videos on skills such as peeling garlic or separating leafy greens from their stems.
If you love a recipe, save it. Eventually you’ll create a robust virtual recipe box that you can come back to again and again.