1. How often will you cook for me?
Most clients prefer once-a-week service, but that is up to you. I can prepare meals for you once a week, twice a month, or just once in a while, when you need some extra help in the kitchen.
2. What are portion sizes like?
The portion sizes are very generous. I prefer you have a little extra left over than to want more. However, we will tweak this to work within your desires. If you prefer not to have leftovers, I will take that into account when preparing your food.
3. Where do you shop?
I prefer to shop at natural grocers including Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Jimbos and Sprouts.
4. Where do you cook the meals?
I cook all food in the homes of my clients
5. How long does it take to cook the meals for the week during your visit?
Usually I am cooking in your kitchen for 3 to 4 hours. This includes set up, prepping, cooking, and clean up.
6. What kitchen equipment do you need?
When we meet for your consultation, I will bring a list of useful kitchen equipment, and I will go through your kitchen for a full assessment. Whatever extra items you do not have, I will bring with me.
7. What containers do you use?
I prefer to use glass storage containers, as they can go from fridge to freezer to oven with no problem. They don’t retain odors, are BPA-free, and stack well for you to see your food in the refrigerator. If you don’t have enough containers, I will purchase them for you for a one-time fee.
8. How much room do I need to store meals?
This depends on the number of meals and portions. A good amount of space is necessary in both the refrigerator and freezer.
9. How long do meals last?
In the refrigerator, entrees should be consumed within 7 days of cooking depending on the type of food. Cooked fish, meat and poultry dishes should always be consumed within 2-3 days. Many meals can be frozen for longer retention. I will always provide clear storage and reheating instructions.
10. How do I heat and serve the meals?
I will provide you with instructions for defrosting, reheating and ideal serving temperatures for all of your meals. Most meals can go in the microwave, although stovetop and oven reheating is recommended.