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What Blue Apron's Panasonic Partnership Means For Your Meal Delivery Kit

Meal services like Blue Apron's meal delivery kits were designed to make cooking at home simple and easy. But after announcing a new partnership with Panasonic, Blue Apron is hoping that some of their recipes and meals can become even easier and faster options for busy home cooks (via Business Wire).

As it turns out, Blue Apron has rewritten and added some "alternative steps" in some of its recipes so that the food can be prepared using Panasonic's 4-in-1 Multi-Oven. The small appliance functions as a convection oven, air fryer, inverter microwave, and as a FlashXpress Broiler, according to Business Wire. While the appliance is meant to help speed up the process of cooking some foods, like frying bacon or roasting vegetables, Blue Apron subscribers can likely get similar effects using an air fryer or toaster oven if they already have one. 

Through the new partnership, Blue Apron now sells the small appliance on its website, and Panasonic claims the multi-oven is a customer favorite.

What fans have to say about the 4-in-1 Multi-Oven

While you might not need another countertop appliance, especially if you already have equipment that can achieve the same results, Panasonic is right that it is a customer favorite. The 4-in-1 Multi-Oven has a 4.5-star rating on both Amazon and Best Buy after being reviewed by 1,526 and 287 people respectively.

One Amazon customer wrote that they were happy with the "sleek design," "heavyweight build quality," and that the "microwave and broiler work well ... a nice combination that adds a lot of utility and value to the unit." 

A Best Buy customer gave the appliance a five-star rating and wrote, "The microwave itself is a little larger than most standard microwaves, especially with about an inch buffer on the back side for cooling vents; however, if you have the counter space, it can easily take the place of occasional oven and stovetop use." 

As far as negative comments, some disliked the hard-to-read buttons on the multi-oven.

Even if you don't have or buy Panasonic's 4-in-1 Multi-Oven, which is $505 from Amazon or $530 from Best Buy, the new partnership and revised recipes should make cooking even faster for Blue Apron subscribers with comparable appliances.