How to Store and Handle Your Ingredients

We send out the freshest ingredients from the best purveyors so you can cook up incredible dinners every night. Follow the guidelines below for storage and handling so your meat, seafood, fruits, and vegetables fresh are fresh when you go to cook and enjoy them.

MEAT & SEAFOOD

Storage
In the refrigerator or freezer. Cook refrigerated seafood after 3 days, or freeze it. Cook refrigerated chicken after 3 days, or freeze it. Cook refrigerated meat after 5 days, or freeze it. To defrost frozen meat and fish, thaw in their packaging in the refrigerator for about 1 day before using.

Handling
Wash your hands before and after handling raw meat. To avoid contamination, prep all other ingredients first. Wash your hands, your knife, and your cutting board with warm, soapy water before touching anything else in the kitchen.

Cook chicken and poultry to at least 165°F, fish to 145°F, ground meat to 160-165°F, beef to 145°F, and pork to 145°F.

FRESH PRODUCE

Storage
In the refrigerator, in their packaging.

Handling
Wash thoroughly before using. Remove any grit from fresh greens by dunking them in big bowls of water. Dry all produce with a clean kitchen towel.

“STAPLE” PRODUCE

Storage
We consider onions, garlic, shallots, ginger, tomatoes, potatoes, and other root vegetables staple produce. Keep them in a cool, dry, dark place like a shaded countertop or airy pantry. Do not store in the refrigerator.

Handling
Wash thoroughly before using. Dry with a clean kitchen towel.

BREADS

Storage
Tightly wrapped in plastic, in the refrigerator or freezer.

Handling
Warm breads in the oven or toaster, as per the recipe you’re making.

CHEESE, DAIRY & EGGS

Storage
Store in the refrigerator in the packaging.

Handling
Remove from the refrigerator just before using in a recipe.


PASTA & GRAINS

Storage
Dried pasta and grains go in a cool, dry place. Fresh pasta goes straight into the refrigerator in its packaging.

Handling
Cook in a big pot of boiling water.

CANNED GOODS

Storage
Out of direct sunlight–on a shaded shelf or in the pantry.

Handling
Transfer any leftover canned beans, coconut milk, or tomatoes to covered plastic or glass containers to store in the refrigerator.

KNICKKNACKS

Your knickknack bag contains all the little extras that make each Blue Apron meal taste incredible. For convenience, simply store the entire unpacked knickknack bag on a shelf in the refrigerator.

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