Cooking with Sun Basket
The box and insulation are designed to keep your ingredients cold through shipment; however, once your box arrives it's important to put the ingredients in your refrigerator.
We recommend you plan your meals in the following order:
- Seafood or fish (up to 3 days after the original delivery date)
- Chicken, red meats, and pork (up to 5 days after the original delivery date)
- Vegetarian meals (up to 5 days after the original delivery date)
Storing meats and fish
All of our meats are cryovaced and frozen to keep them fresh. Your Sun Basket box is constructed to act like a cooler; however, it is natural for your meat and seafood packages to thaw during transport. When you unpack your Sun Basket box, check to make sure that proteins have arrived at or below refrigerated temperatures. Immediately refrigerate all meats until ready to cook. We do not recommend to freeze any thawed proteins. We suggest placing the sealed proteins in the refrigerator on a plate or in a plastic bag to capture any liquid that may come off the packages as they thaw.
Ingredient bags in the fridge
We put all the Sun Basket recipe ingredients in a bag so everything is together and easy to find. You can put the whole bag in your fridge, but it's always a good idea to take a peek inside to check on things or to see if there's an avocado, tomato or peach that could use a little ripening on the counter.
Getting the best out of your produce
We always do our best to ensure that your produce arrives in the optimal state for preparing your meal on your schedule during the week. Leafy greens and whole vegetables will generally keep best in your fridge crisper drawer, but onions, shallots will be fine outside the fridge.
Some produce items are more susceptible to fluctuations in ripeness. Occasionally a recipe may call for a mango or stone fruit item to be slightly firmer than normal to provide a crunchy sweet texture, so always check your recipe instructions.
Here are the most common ingredients with tips on how to either speed up or slow down the ripening process for the optimal state for the recipe:
|Avocado||Too Soft||Put in the refrigerator to slow down ripening.|
|Unripe||Remove from the bag and place it on the counter for 24 hours before cooking (next to a pear, apple or banana, if available).|
|Cucumber||Keep in meal bag in the refrigerator, or at room temperature on the day of usage.|
|Eggplant||Remove from the bag and place it on the counter.|
|Mango||Too Soft||Keep in the meal bag in the refrigerator.|
|Unripe||Check online recipe to ensure it is not meant to be firm for the recipe. If needed, remove from the bag and place it on the counter for 24 hours before cooking (next to a pear, apple, or banana, if available).|
|Stone Fruit||Too Soft||Do not wash until ready to use. Keep in the meal bag in the refrigerator.|
|(includes peaches, nectarines, plums)||Unripe||Do not wash until ready to use. Check online recipe to ensure it is not meant to be firm for the recipe. If needed, remove from the bag and place it on the counter for 24 hours before cooking (next to a pear, apple, or banana if available).|
|Strawberries||Too Ripe||Keep in the meal bag in the refrigerator.|
|Tomato||Too Soft||Put in the refrigerator to slow down ripening.|
|Unripe||Remove from bag and place on the counter for 24 hours before cooking, next to a pear, apple or banana if available.|
|Zucchini||Keep in the meal bag in the refrigerator, or at room temperature day of usage.|
For getting the best results from your fresh herbs, and other greens, check out this helpful video from one of our long-time customers.
Aside from some pre-washed greens, many of Sun Basket's fresh vegetables are coming directly from our family of farmers and haven't been washed. We generally recommend you give them a rinse before cooking.
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