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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.

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 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.

There are some produce items that 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 in order 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 optimal state for the recipe:

Mango
Unripe - Check online recipe to ensure it is not meant to be firm for the recipe. If needed, remove from the bag and place on counter for 24 hour prior to cooking (next to a pear, apple, or banana, if available)
Too soft - Keep in meal bag in the refrigerator

Avocado
Unripe - Remove from the bag and place on counter for 24 hours prior to cooking (next to a pear, apple or banana, if available)
Too soft - Put in the refrigerator to slow down ripening

Strawberries
Do not wash until ready to use.
Too ripe - Keep in the meal bag in the refrigerator

Tomato
Do not wash until ready to use.
Unripe - Remove from the bag and place on counter for 24 hours prior to cooking (next to a pear, apple or banana, if available)
Too soft - Put in refrigerator to slow down ripening

Zucchini
Keep in the meal bag in the refrigerator, or at room temperature day of usage

Cucumber
Keep in meal bag in the refrigerator, or at room temperature on day of usage

Eggplant
Remove from the bag and place on counter

Stone Fruit (includes peaches, nectarines, plums)
Do not wash until ready to use.
Unripe - Check online recipe to ensure it is not meant to be firm for the recipe. If needed, remove from the bag and place on counter for 24 hour prior to cooking (next to a pear, apple, or banana if available)
Too soft - Keep in meal bag in the refrigerator

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.

We recommend you plan your meals in the following order:

  1. Seafood or fish (up to 3 days after original delivery date)
  2. Chicken, red meats, and pork (up to 5 days after original delivery date)
  3. Vegetarian meals (up to 5 days after original delivery date)

Did You Know?

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