Storage Information

Storing your vegan goodies:

Cheese:

Your fresh vegan cheese blocks can be kept in the fridge for about 10-14 days (some people have found they last even longer, but check for any mold growth if you keep it longer!). I have actually kept some grated cheese in the fridge for 3 weeks and it was still good, but I would recommend about 2 weeks for shelf life.  If you will not eat it all within that time, it is best to freeze it. It is easiest to cut it into a few pieces and freeze separately so that when you want some cheese, you just have to thaw a piece out. Or grate it and feeeze it so you can just sprinkle the frozen grated cheese on your food before heating/baking. The block cheeses do change texture in the freezer due to ice crystals. If you are going to use the cheese on pizza or another melted use like nachos, on a casserole, etc this won’t matter. It will melt perfectly. But if you are going to eat it cold on a sandwich, with crackers, etc you will notice a change in the texture. It is still okay, but not as good as fresh. So my advice is that if you have had to freeze your cheese, use it for a melted purpose. To keep the cheese as fresh as possible in the fridge it is best to unwrap it and keep it in an airtight container. If it is moist, you can wrap it in a paper towel in the container (take off the towel the next day or change to new one). The drier the cheese is, the longer it lasts. The white cheeses seem to stay firm longer than the orange cheeses, maybe because of the tomato paste.

Cashew Cream Cheese:

The cream cheese should be used within a week.  It can be frozen, but it does change texture a bit after freezing and thawing, feeling a bit grainy. If you need to freeze it, it is best to beat it with electric mixer or in a food processor to smoothen it out again after it thaws.  Or use it in smoothies or blended sauces, etc.  The cashew cream cheese is probably the most apt to spoil out of all the cheeses, as is it not cooked (though I do boil the cashews right before blending to get rid of any bacteria) and does not have anything like miso in it that will hamper other bacteria from growing.


Cheeseballs:

 These freeze and thaw really well! They do not have the water content of the other cheeses, so that is why. So if you want to serve later, just put the container in the freezer. The day before serving, place in the fridge to thaw.



Sausages and other meats:

Our vegan meats are made with a base of wheat gluten, which freezes perfectly. You can freeze them for many months and they will still be perfect. When you get your vegan meats you can keep them in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze them. To thaw, leave the vegan meat in the fridge overnight. You can also unwrap it and thaw in a glass bowl/plate in the microwave for a couple minutes.



Seasonings

Our vegan powdered seasonings are made with no preservatives, so they are best kept in a cool place like the fridge. You can generally keep them on the counter if you are going to use them up in a couple weeks, but in the fridge if it will be longer than that. If they get clumpy, just loosen by shaking or poke with a butter knife.



Granola:

Store your granola at room temperature for up to two weeks, or for several months in the fridge.



Date Bars:

Your date bars will stay fresh in the fridge for several weeks (I’ve never had any go bad, but I don’t think I’ve tried keeping any for longer than 3 weeks, they get eaten too fast!). You can also store them in the freezer if you wish. You can take them with you in a lunch box, etc at room temperature for the day, but they will be softer than they are straight from the fridge. Personally I like them best when cold.



Fresh Baked Goods:

Fresh baked goods such as super healthy brownies, and the pies, can be kept in the fridge for several days, up to a week. They can also be frozen for several months. If you know that you will not eat all of them in a few days, portion some in another container to freeze them while they are nice and fresh.