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How Do Nutrisystem Meals Stay Fresh? Do They Require Special Storage?

Monday, October 10th, 2011

By: Ava Alderman:  People sometimes email me with concerns about how to store their nutrisystem meals – especially away from home. Some worry that there won’t be enough room in the refrigerator, freezer, or pantry to store weeks or even months worth of meals. And some don’t have a lot of storage, access to a refrigerator or freezer, or even access to a microwave at their jobs so they worry about their nutrisystem meals while away from home.

I recently heard from someone who said: “how do you keep your nutrisystem meals fresh? Do they need to be refrigerated? Can they stay fresh for a couple of weeks at a time? How much room am I going to need if I order a monthly package? And what about when I’m at work? Will the lunches need to be refrigerated? How long is the shelf life?”

The answer these questions depends on part on which nutrisystem meals you order. For example, if you ordering frozen meals from the nutrisystem select line, then those frozen foods will need a freezer until you heat them up and eat them. But the select line is the only line that needs refrigeration. The rest of the meals are “soft canned” which means that they don’t require special refrigeration or handling. Most of them come in boxes that are meant to lay flat or not take up much room. And some of them are truly grab and go. And some of them require adding water and heat. For example, the nutrisystem bars, cereals, desserts, and snacks don’t require any real preparation other than to remove the wrapper. If you’re going to say a main entree like say the sausage and rice for lunch, you can either use a microwave or bowling water to prepare it. And in my opinion, some foods, like the pizza, taste better prepared with either a conventional or toaster oven so that the crust gets nice and crispy.

However, the only foods that will require special care are the frozen entrees only in the select line. Now, if you make a meal and don’t finish it, then you can refrigerate and reheat it later. But for initial preparation, I think you’ll find that you don’t need a lot of room or refrigerator space.

As for the shelf life, I think it is pretty generous. I’ve read that it ranges anywhere from 6 to 18 months, depending on the food. In fact, unless you quit the diet for a very long period of time, I would be surprised if the food were expired before it was time for you to eat it. However, the expiration date is listed on the foods so you don’t have to guess.

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