Recipe Boxes

Gousto Review

Founded in June 2012, Gousto is now one of the largest recipe box services in the UK. It’s mission is simple: to deliver high quality ingredients, foolproof recipes and heaps of inspiration.

Gousto Recipe Boxes

What is Gousto?

Gousto is a recipe box service that simplifies meal planning by providing the required recipes and ingredients, and delivering it direct to your door. By supplying only the quantities required for each dish, services like Gousto can also help to reduce food waste.

To order from Gousto you first need to subscribe, but there is no long-term contract. Users can pause the service indefinitely within their account on the website, or choose to skip their next delivery.

Gousto prides itself on the quality of its ingredients and has tough vetting processes in place for potential suppliers. All their meat is 100% British to reduce food miles and is completely traceable. Fish is responsibly sourced and any eggs used are free range. Only the freshest possible vegetables are used, including many seasonal varieties. For dairy products, any cheese with PDO status is sourced from the country of origin; yoghurt is from Yeo Valley in Somerset and organic. 

The company also provides itself on sustainability, pledging to reduce plastic by 50% before the end of 2019. Initiatives to achieve this include using cardboard punnets, loose potatoes, eliminating black plastic and reducing the size of plastic sachets.

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How Does Gousto Work?

Gousto allows you to select from a range of 40+ recipes per week, including ten minute meals, a range of healthier options and family favourites. Customers can choose to order 2, 3 or 4 recipes per week, with servings for 2 – 4 people. If you want recipes for more than 4 days a week, there is also an option to order extra one-off boxes.

All of the required ingredients for the chosen recipes are then delivered in a box by Gousto to your door. Gousto deliver 7 days per week and customers are able to choose a preferred day.

Recipe cards include detailed instructions for preparing your meals, including a detailed macro breakdown listing calories, carbs, fat and protein.

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Gousto Meal Plans

Gousto offers 2 different types of recipe boxes for its subscribers:

  1. Two-Person box – Delicious meals for 2 adults.
  2. Family box – Enticing meals for 2 adults and 2-3 children.

Both types of boxes allow you to select 2, 3 or 4 different recipes out of the aforementioned range of 40+ recipes. 

Because subscribers select their own menu, there is no need to select a specific type of box to account for any dietary requirements (vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, etc.). The menu section on the website clearly categorises all of the available recipes. The categories include:

  • 10-Minute Meals
  • Dairy-Free
  • Everyday Favourites
  • Fish
  • Gluten-Free
  • Healthy Choices
  • Meat (Chicken, Beef and Pork)
  • Plant-Based
  • Vegetarian
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Gousto Sample Recipes

Simple Smoked Fish Florentine Bake
Simple Smoked Fish Florentine Bake
Spicy As You Like Chilli Con Carne
Spicy As You Like Chilli Con Carne
Truffled Mushroom Pizza With Rocket
Truffled Mushroom Pizza With Rocket
Nutty Sweet Potato Kale Curry
Nutty Sweet Potato Kale Curry
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How Much Does Gousto Cost?

Two-Person Box

Number of Recipes Recipe Box Price Cost Per Portion
2 £24.99 £6.25
3 £29.99 £5.00
4 £34.99 £4.37

Family Box

Number of Recipes Recipe Box Price Cost Per Portion
2 £31.75 £3.97
3 £42.75 £3.56
4 £47.75 £2.98
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Gousto FAQs

Where does Gousto deliver?

Gousto delivers to most of the mainland UK, aside from a few postcodes which can be found listed here.

When Does Gousto deliver?

Gousto deliver 7 days a week, so you can pick a day that works for you. Deliveries and made between 8am and 7pm. In some locations you can select a morning or evening slot for a small fee.

What if I'm Not Home for Gousto Delivery?

Not a problem. Gousto will leave it in a safe place which you can specify within your account in the details section (click edit address).

How Large Are Gousto’s Portion Sizes?

Gousto’s portion sizes have been described by many users as ‘very generous’, with enough often left over for future meals.

Is Gousto Healthy?

Gousto allows you to choose from a range of 40 recipes which change weekly and there are always healthy options available. They have also recently partnered with Joe Wicks, author of Lean in 15, and developed a range of recipes with up to 4 portions of your 5 a day and lean proteins.

Is Gousto’s Packaging Recyclable?

Gousto’s cardboard comes from sustainable sources and can be easily recycled. The same is true of the recipe cards, which are also printed by the world’s first printer to go beyond carbon neutral. 

The Icepacks can be reused, but if opened and drained will not be universally recyclable. The same is true of the plastic used on the wool insulation liners; the wool itself is compostable and biodegradable. Pots and tins should be recyclable in most parts of the UK. Check the website of your local council to find out what can be recycled in your area.

It is also worth noting that Gousto have pledged to reduce the plastic used in their boxes by 50% by the end of 2019.

Is Gousto Easy to Cancel?

It is very easy to pause Gousto or skip a box within the ‘Subscription’ section. Note that you’ll have to pause by midday 3 days prior to your next delivery or you’ll be sent your next box and the subscription will subsequently be paused. The service can be paused indefinitely.

Who Owns Gousto?

Founded in Shepherds Bush in 2012 by Timo Boldt and James Carter, Gousto is a trading name of SCA Investments Limited. In 2015, it raised £9m in funding from the Angel Co-Fund, BGF Ventures, MMC Ventures and Unilever Ventures. A further £10m was invested in 2016 and an additional £28.5 in 2018, including investment from Hargreave Hale.

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Gousto Pros & Cons

Positives:
  • Large variety of recipes available
  • Caters for different dietary requirements
  • High quality ingredients
  • Commitment to sustainability
  • Generous portion size
Negatives:
  • Delivery is not completely nationwide
  • Fruit & veg is not organic
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Gousto Rating

Choice of meals
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Quality of ingredients
4.5/5
Nutritional value
4.5/5
Portion size
5/5
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Gousto Overall Rating

Overall Rating
4.8/5
8 Total Score

User Rating: 4 (1 votes)

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