We all experience great joy from opening up our Acme box each week, unpacking all of the fresh beautiful food and thinking about the delicious meals we’ll enjoy in the coming days.
But unlike store bought food loaded with preservatives, our local food wont last for weeks and weeks. Food waste in our country is a big concern to us, so it’s important that we all know how to keep our local food at its peak freshness throughout the week. Here are a few tips and tricks, straight from our Chef, to successfully store your Acme food and keep it fresh as long as possible.
All of our meats and seafood comes frozen, although some might have thawed a bit during transit. For best results, you should transfer it to your freezer when you unpack your box. The night before you plan on making a meal, move the meat or seafood to the fridge to thaw
Dairy/Acme Prepared Sauces:
These items should go right into your refrigerator. While most of the sauces, cheeses, and yogurts we offer should last in the fridge for a week or two, keep an eye on the fresh dairy like milk and cream. The dairies we work with vat pasteurize their milk, which preserves much more natural flavor. However, vat pasteurized milk does not have quite as long of a shelf life as some commercial diary products.
Produce (fruits and vegetables):
One of the things we pride ourselves on at Acme is our commitment to minimizing the single-use packaging that comes with your box. One of the main ways we accomplish this is not individually packaging our produce. We recommend keeping a re-usable supply of produce bags on hand in your kitchen. When you unpack your box, bag up tender vegetables like lettuce, greens, peppers, and cucumbers and place them in your refrigerator’s crisper. Hearty vegetables like potatoes, onions, garlic, and winter squash can be stored in a cool, dark
You can treat most fresh herbs, like cilantro, parsley, and chives, like other produce – just bag them up and pop them in the crisper. Fresh basil, however, needs to be treated with a bit more care. For the best results, store the basil like cut flowers in a small jar of water, covering the leaves loosely with the bag the herbs came in. The basil will last several days this way. Never refrigerate basil!