Safe Storage

Get the most from your fresh deli purchases.

Here are a few basic tips to preserve the flavour and freshness of your deli products once you get them home.

  1. Always refrigerate your deli products as soon as possible, well-wrapped so that they do not dry out or absorb odours from other foods in the refrigerator.
  2. Vacuum-packed products have a much longer storage life as long as they are unopened. Always check the “best before” date on the package however to make sure they are still good.
  3. Once opened, the original package should not be re-used. The remaining deli products should be wrapped in waxed paper.
  4. Whole meats will keep longer than sliced meats, a cooked or smoked ham will keep for three or four days and raw hams can be stored for up to one week.
  5. Wrapped in plastic, pâtés, terrines, mousses, rillettes and cretons will keep for two to three days in the refrigerator.
  6. Freezing is not recommended for deli products because they will lose their flavour, texture and humidity.

Always keep in mind that the manufacture has a best before date printed for reference. Use your common sense, and trust your instinct – when in doubt, throw it out.