Preparing For Severe Weather

Hurricane Florence is expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to coastal areas in the coming days. It’s always difficult to anticipate the impact of severe and inclement weather, but we wanted to share with you some food safety tips in the event of a power outage or flooding.
If you purchased a refrigerator or freezer from Passanante’s Home Food Service and experience food loss as a result of these storms, please notify our team using the contact information provided below and we will work with you to replace those items.
Please stay safe and remember, two feet of water can sweep away most cars and as little as 6 inches of moving water and sweep you off your feet. Turn around, don’t drown.

Severe Weather Food Safety Tips

  1. Stock your home with water and non-perishable foods.
  2. Move canned goods and other foods to higher areas.
  3. If you lose power, unplug all major appliances to avoid a power surge when the power is turned back on.
  4. If possible, raise refrigerators and freezers off the floor using cement blocks.
  5. In the event of a power outage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.
    • The refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours. If the power is out longer than 4 hours, consider transferring refrigerated items into a cooler with ice and/or gel packs.
  6. Frozen foods that are still safe to eat following a power outage include:
    • Frozen foods that have thawed, but still contain ice crystals
    • Foods that have remained at refrigerator temperatures – cool to the touch (40 F or below) may be safely refrozen; however quality may suffer from extended periods
    • In our commercially rated freezers, food can be preserved below 40 degrees for up to 3-4 days and longer with external ice methods. If your freezer has room, load it with water to freeze using baggies, plastic bottles, plastic jugs etc.
    • A standard full freezer will hold relatively consistent temperatures for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if only half full). If necessary, 50lbs of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot freezer for 2 days. Do not touch dry ice with bare hands or place in direct contact with food.
    • Foods that don’t actually need to be frozen. These foods may be consumed unless they turn moldy or have an unusual odor (i.e. dried fruits, baked goods, hard processed cheeses, butter or margarine, fruit juices, and nuts)
  7. Discard the following food items if your refrigerator has been without power for more than 4 hours:
    • Raw, cooked, or leftover meat, poultry, fish, eggs and egg substitutes
    • Lunch meat and hot dogs
    • Casseroles, soups, stews, and pizza
    • Mixed salads including chicken, tuna, macaroni, and potato salad
    • Gravy and stuffing
    • Milk, cream. yogurt, sour cream and soft cheeses
    • Cut fresh fruits and vegetables, cooked vegetables, as well as opened fruit and vegetable juices
    • Cream-based salad dressings
    • Batter and dough (i.e. pancake batter and cookie dough)
    • Custard, chiffon or cheese pies
    • Cream-filled pastries
    • Garlic stored in oil
    • Opened mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and horseradish if they were above 50 degrees Fahrenheit for over 8 hours
    • Any food with an unusual odor, color or texture should be discarded
  8. Never taste food to determine its safety. When in doubt, throw it out.
  9. Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
  10. Used bottled drinking water that has not come into contact with flood water.

Additional Resources

Passanante’s Customer Service
Phone: 1-800-772-7786 ext. 230

 

Quick & Easy Weeknight Recipes for Busy Families

Nothing symbolizes domestic bliss like a family gathered around the dining table sharing a home-cooked meal. However, getting a tasty and nutritious meal on the table every night is a struggle for many busy families. Cooking from scratch is easier said than done when you’re juggling a busy schedule, but there are ways to make it easier. Keep a well-stocked kitchen with the help of Passanante’s Home Food Service, plan meals in advance as much as possible, and have a reliable list of go-to recipes you can make in a pinch!

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Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca is a flavorsome dish requiring just a bit of chopping and throwing everything into one pan! Sauté garlic, anchovy and red pepper flakes in olive oil. Add diced tomatoes, water, and salt and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, add spaghetti, and simmer until cooked. The sauce will thicken and cling to the pasta. Mix in olives, capers, and fresh parsley — and serve! Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for five days and make a great cold lunch next day.

Roasted Chicken & Beets with Coconut Yogurt Dressing

This satisfying meal comes to together quickly with many ingredients you already have to hand. Roasted beets are the standout ingredient! They add sweetness while offering anti-inflammatory health benefits. On a baking tray, toss chicken thighs with olive oil, paprika, and cumin. Combine beets and olive oil on a separate tray — or add them to the chicken for simplicity. Roast at 425 F for about 30-35 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Prepare the dressing by whisking coconut yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro together in a bowl. Plate up the meal and serve with lime wedges.

One-Pot Bean Chili

Not only is one-pot chili a popular meal, but using one pot means faster cleanup. Sauté onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Add chopped tomatoes, water, red lentils, corn, and black beans. Black beans are rich in magnesium which supports bone health, while corn boosts the immune system. Simmer for twenty minutes so flavors meld. Serve with brown rice (cook grains in large batches to serve throughout the week). Double the recipe and you’ll have enough for two-dinners worth. Store leftovers in the fridge, or freeze for one month.

Home-cooked meals shouldn’t be complicated — preparation and planning are key! Make sure your pantry is always stocked with staples like rice, quinoa, beans, and chopped tomatoes, and don’t forget to stay on top of your reorders so you’re never short on your family’s favorites!

-Jane Bannister (Freelance Writer)

Reputation Spotlight – Brenda, Kara & Margaret

A special thanks to customers Brenda, Kara & Margaret for taking the time to leave a review about their experience with Passanante’s Home Food Service. Reviews are the lifeblood of our business and were it not for our incredible customers we simply wouldn’t still be here after more than 100 years.

We love hearing from our customers regardless of if it’s a 5-star glowing review or an email with recommendations of how we could improve our products or service. Our goal isn’t to just be in business, it’s to be the best home food delivery service with the most delicious foods and the happiest customers!

5 Star Review

“Our order was delivered promptly and the guys unpacking it were very helpful explaining the the items to us as they unpacked each item. The meats are indeed much better than anything we have purchased in the grocery stores. We are eating healthier because it is so easy to quickly unthaw and cook a great meal. Normally, we’d go out to eat because someone forgot to thaw out anything for dinner. 

– Brenda (BBB)
July 18, 2018

5 Star Review

“Love the food! Love the service! PeterJames was great when he came out to see us! He made sure he gave us the beat deal possible, more band for our buck. Not to mention, explained how to use our air purifier we got from them that had been sitting unused for nearly a year. Planning to stay with them for a long time to come!”

-Kara M. (Facebook)
July 20, 2018

5 Star Review

“I’ve ordered their meat packages in the past and thing the burgers are the best we’ve ever tasted. Had a small problem on a recent delivery and spoke to Amy in the customer service group. She could not have been more helpful. Went above and beyond to resolve the issue and I look forward to enjoying more of their products!”

-Margaret M. (Facebook)
July 20, 2018

Interested in hearing what other Passanante’s Home Food Service customers are saying about us? Visit our Facebook Page where you’ll find hundreds of candid reviews in addition to delicious recipes and helpful food tips. Or feel free to request a Free Gourmet Food Sample and decide for yourself!

Have a customer service issue or suggestion for how we could improve our service? We’d love to hear it. Please fill out this form to share your feedback and don’t forget to let us know if you’d like one of our managers to follow-up with you.

Fourth of July Flavors

Mid-Week Independence Day Party? Yes, Please!

4th recipes

Looking for some new flavors to add to your 4th of July celebration menu? Look no further. These are our Top-4 Must-Try recipes for your upcoming Independence Day party. Fire up the grill, ’cause it’s gonna be a hot one!

  1. Grilled Corn Salad with Tomato and Avocado
    • Eat it with a fork, or dip into it with a tortilla chip. This creamy summer salad is sure to be a Independence Day favorite – so make plenty. With ingredients this good, who needs “moderation” anyway? (recipe)
  2. Spicy Lime Shrimp Pineapple Skewers
    • Nothing screams summer quite like pineapple, shrimp and skewers. This recipe from Aberdeen’s Kitchen has us chomping at the bit and we cannot wait to serve these up as a simple (and portable) option this 4th of July! (recipe)
  3. Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce and Greek Tomato Salad
    • We all think of burgers and hotdogs when we think about a classic backyard cook-out, but this elevated approach to a turkey burger is everything that’s been missing in our lives! (recipe)
  4. Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon and Honey Ricotta
    • Every single word in this recipe name makes us hyper-salivate so we simply couldn’t leave it off our party menu! Juicy, sweet and savory – this is the perfect dessert for any backyard BBQ and even better – they take only minutes to make. (recipe)

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**Some exclusions apply. Must be over 21, live within our service area and own your own home to qualify. Current service area includes Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Washington D.C., New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.