The Secret to Keeping Your Gourmet Food Fresh: What You Need to Know

Gourmet food lovers understand that the quality and freshness of ingredients can make or break a culinary experience. Whether you're indulging in luxurious caviar, savoring delicate foie gras, or enjoying the rich flavors of oils and vinegars, proper storage and handling are essential. At, we are committed to providing you with the finest gourmet products, along with the knowledge you need to keep them at their best. In this guide, we’ll share expert tips on how to preserve the freshness of your gourmet delights, ensuring every bite is as exceptional as intended.

Caviar: Handle with Care

Caviar is a delicacy that requires special attention to maintain its exquisite flavor and texture. Never freeze your caviar, as freezing can compromise the delicate structure of the eggs. Instead, store your caviar in the coldest part of your refrigerator between 28-32 degrees F. Real Gourmet Food ensures that your caviar is fresh-packed and can stay unopened for up to three months. Check out our premium caviar collection to explore our offerings.

If you must freeze caviar, do it the right way. Place it in an airtight container to prevent air exposure and minimize damage. Thaw the caviar in the refrigerator, never at room temperature, for several hours or overnight. Avoid Knives. Do not use a knife or any instrument to break or portion frozen caviar. This will damage the delicate eggs. Instead, allow the caviar to thaw fully before handling.
Never refreeze it.  Refreezing can degrade the texture and flavor.
Therefore if you must freeze a large portion of fresh caviar. First, always portion it off into airtight containers.

Proper Thawing Techniques for Frozen Delicacies

When it comes to thawing gourmet items, patience is key to preserving their quality. Here's how to handle each product:

- Escargot: Escargot is easy. Always keep premade escargot frozen until ready to heat for serving. This is one of the easiest gourmet entrees to stock for serving. 

- Foie Gras: 

Prepared / Ready Made Foie Gras - It is generally not recommended to store ready-to-eat foie gras due to its potential change in texture. If it's absolutely necessary to freeze ready made foie gras, label the package with the date of freezing to keep track of storage time. Foie gras can be frozen for up to 3 months for the best quality.
Wrap the foie gras tightly in plastic wrap, followed by a layer of aluminum foil to protect it from freezer burn. Place it in an airtight container or a vacuum-sealed bag. 
If the original packaging of your ready-made foie gras was unopened and is airtight, it is recommended that you still wrap the packaged foie gras in a layer of aluminum foil, ensuring that it is tightly sealed without any gaps. This adds an extra layer of protection against freezer burn and air exposure.
Thawing foie gras should be a gradual process to preserve its texture and flavor. This typically takes about 24-48 hours, depending on the size and thickness of the piece. For larger portions, plan for up to 48 hours. Place your well wrapped frozen foie gras in the refrigerator (no room temperature thawing).
Never refreeze previously frozen foie gras. 
Raw Foie Gras - Store raw foie gras in the refrigerator at a temperature between 32°F to 39°F. If the foie gras is vacuum-sealed, it’s best to keep it in its original packaging until you’re ready to cook. If the packaging is not airtight, transfer the foie gras to an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to prevent exposure to air and contaminants. Raw foie gras can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days if it is well-sealed and kept at the correct temperature.
If the raw foie gras is not in its original airtight packaging, here are directions on how to properly package it. Pat the foie gras dry with a paper towel to remove any surface moisture. Wrap the foie gras tightly in plastic wrap or vacuum-seal it to prevent air exposure. For added protection, wrap it in a layer of aluminum foil. Raw foie gras can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. For the best quality, use it within this time frame to avoid freezer burn and loss of flavor. Avoid thawing at room temperature or using a microwave to prevent uneven thawing and potential texture changes. Thaw it in the fridge for 24-48 hours. Avoid refreezing. 
By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your foie gras maintains its luxurious texture and flavor, providing an exquisite culinary experience.
Browse our foie gras options for a truly luxurious treat.
For more on how to slice and portion ready-made foie gras for serving, click here.

- Lobster Tails: Place lobster tails in the refrigerator and allow them to thaw slowly overnight. Avoid quick thawing methods like microwaving, which can ruin their texture. Indulge in our lobster tails from Ecuador for a gourmet seafood experience.

Proper Storage of Wagyu and Other Raw Meats

Proper storage of raw meats, including premium cuts like Wagyu beef, is crucial for maintaining their quality, flavor, and safety. Here’s a detailed guide on how to store these meats in both the refrigerator and freezer.

Refrigerator Storage


Ideal Range: Store raw meats in the refrigerator at a temperature between 32°F to 36°F (0°C to 2°C). This helps prevent bacterial growth while maintaining the meat’s quality.


    Original Packaging: If the meat is vacuum-sealed, it’s best to keep it in its original packaging until you’re ready to use it.
    Airtight Containers: If the original packaging is not airtight, transfer the meat to an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil to prevent air exposure and contamination.

    Shelf Life:

      Beef: Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
      Poultry: Should be consumed within 1-2 days.
      Pork and Lamb: Can be stored for 3-5 days.

      Freezer Storage

      Preparation for Freezing:

        Pre-Freeze Handling: Pat the meat dry with a paper towel to remove any surface moisture.
        Packaging: For the best results, vacuum-seal the meat. If vacuum sealing is not possible, wrap the meat tightly in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil. This double wrapping prevents freezer burn and protects the meat from air exposure.

        Freezing Temperature:

          Ideal Range: Store raw meats in the freezer at a temperature of 0°F (-18°C) or lower.

          Freezer Duration:

            Beef: Can be stored in the freezer for up to 12 months for the best quality.
            Poultry: Should be used within 9 months.
            Pork and Lamb: Can be stored for 6-9 months.


              Refrigerator Thawing: Thaw frozen meats slowly in the refrigerator. This method maintains the meat’s texture and flavor while keeping it at a safe temperature.
              Cold Water Thawing: If you need to thaw meat more quickly, place it in a sealed plastic bag and submerge it in cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the meat is thawed.
              Avoid Room Temperature: Do not thaw meat at room temperature as this can lead to uneven thawing and potential bacterial growth.


              Non-Perishable Essentials: Oils & Vinegars

              Oils and vinegars are staple ingredients that can elevate any dish. They are non-perishable and can be stored at room temperature, making them convenient for everyday use. Store oils like extra virgin olive oil and truffle oil in a cool, dark place away from heat and light. Most oils and balsamic vinegars do not need to be refrigerated and can become cloudy if stored at too low a temperature. Protect oils from light, which can cause oxidation and spoilage by using dark glass bottles to store them. Explore our exquisite range of oils and vinegars to enhance your culinary creations.

              Additional Tips for Freshness

                1. Proper Labeling: Always label containers with the date of storage to keep track of freshness.
                2. Humidity Control: For items like cheese, consider humidity control to prevent drying out.
                3. Avoid Cross-Contamination: Store different types of gourmet foods separately to prevent flavors from mixing and to maintain hygiene.

              Keeping your gourmet food fresh involves understanding the specific needs of each item. By following these tips and choosing quality products from, you can ensure that every bite is as delicious as the day it was packed. 

              When you shop with us, you can trust that you're getting the finest gourmet offerings at the best value. Our commitment to you is guaranteed with our Authenticity Guarantee, Freshness Guarantee, and Pricing Assurance. Experience gourmet excellence with Real Gourmet Food, where every ingredient is a testament to unparalleled flavor and quality.


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