Keeping Meal Kits Fresh Before Preparation
Chef Ami’s quality meal delivery services guarantee that every meal kit arrives fresh at your door in a short window of time. If you expect them to stay that way, however, there’s certain steps that you should take. Here’s a few suggestions that will help you prolong the level of freshness prior to cooking:
Move Inside Quickly
One of the great things about healthy meal delivery services is that the food is packaged with cooling properties. This means the package will not only be properly preserved while on its way to you, but can sit at your front door for a long time if you’re not at home. That being said, since these meals contain locally produced food that is very fresh, you should move certain items to the fridge as soon as possible.
Consider the Ingredients
Meal kits designed by Chef Ami include fresh ingredients, specifically meats and vegetables. Since these items are perishable, you need to calculate how long each one can stay in the fridge without going bad. If you’re not planning to fix the meal that day, then you should store the meats in the freezer and any other fresh ingredients in the proper containers.
Decide a Prep Date
Ensuring the ingredients stay fresh depends on your meal planning details. You should select a meal prep date for each kit that you receive so that nothing gets withered or otherwise looks poor. Fruits and vegetables should typically be cooked up within 3-5 days for optimal freshness, and you especially need to keep this in mind if you have multiple meals per week delivered so that the final meal doesn’t go past the expected freshness date.
Keeping Meal Kits Fresh After Preparation
Just because a meal has been cooked doesn’t mean that you can throw it in the fridge and forget about it. The fact is that a cooked meal will often have the same expiration date as fresh ingredients. Here’s a few ways to keep Chef Ami’s meal kits fresh once they’ve been prepared:
Store and Label
Meal kits are designed with perfect portions so that any leftovers are minimized. If you do have anything left after you’ve eaten — which can happen if you get more servings than you need — then you must store the food right away. Also, make sure to label the container with the prep date so that you don’t wait too long before eating it.
Put the Leftovers Away Quickly
Although Chef Ami’s meal kits include recipe cards and easy-to-follow instructions, you may feel like resting after you’ve eaten. Before that happens, though, you need to put away any leftovers as soon as you can. If you leave the food out too long, its quality may suffer and the ingredients may not stay as fresh in the refrigerator for as long.
Eat in a Few Days
Although our healthy meal kits include fresh ingredients, this doesn’t really become a factor in terms of longevity after the meal has been cooked. The general rule of thumb is that a properly stored meal will last 3-5 days after it’s been cooked. If you or someone in your household can’t eat it in that amount of time, it’s safer to throw it away and make a new meal to avoid any issues.
Contact Chef Ami for the Best Meal Delivery Services
Chef Ami has designed, without a doubt, the best healthy meal delivery kits in Tampa, Gainesville, Ocala, and the Villages, and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions about our meal delivery services or would like to sign up right now, give us a call at (813) 773-4719 today.