Gourmet Foods 101
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Gourmet Food Shopping Tips

We all love the sensuous delights of gourmet food. Here is some basic advice on purchasing, preparing and storing gourmet foods.

Calling foods "gourmet" can be a simple way of asking a premium price from consumers. Take a close look at each company's website. Are they really offering gourmet food, or just gourmet food prices?

A number of independent companies (for example, the Safe Shopping Network) track consumer ratings and other statistics, offering independent data on the safety and security of companies you want to know about.

Gourmet meats and seafood

You may have reservations about purchasing frozen food over the Internet, but mail order companies have been shipping frozen steak and seafood for several decades.

When buying frozen gourmet seafood or steak, especially over the Internet, seek out these qualities:

  • vacuum sealing
  • flash frozen products
  • portion control

Vacuum sealing locks in the freshness of meats and seafood. A vacuum-sealed salmon steak can keep for four months or longer in your freezer. When you thaw, its juices serve as a self-marinade.

Flash freezing is a process that locks in freshness of many ocean-caught fish, including Orange Roughy, Pacific Salmon, Caribbean lobster and Alaskan king crab. If your local market claims to be selling any of these fresh, they may be lying!

Portion control is a way of saving preparation time and also cutting back on fat and other negative by-products of meat.

Make any gourmet food service company earn your trust. Do they have a helpful, well-made site? Do they stress security, guarantees and return policies? Check our other links to learn what you need to know before making your purchase!