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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once opened, the original package should not be re-used. The remaining deli products should be wrapped in waxed paper.
- 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.
- Wrapped in plastic, pâtés, terrines, mousses, rillettes and cretons will keep for two to three days in the refrigerator.
- 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.