Give a Chef/dad a blast chiller to write about and you are in dangerous dad joke territory: “I love to chill in my kitchen”; “Every day is just a blast”; “What do you keep in your chiller? Some pretty cool stuff”. All jokes aside, Little Dish’s blast chiller is our key to locking freshness, flavour and form into your toddler’s meals. It also maximises nutrition and minimises bacteria.
Fresh is best. But how fresh is fresh? Despite your best efforts, raw fruit and vegetables may have travelled some distance from their place of harvest to first sit on a supermarket shelf and then wait in your home fridge before being eaten. That delay may mean a significant loss in nutrients. Studies have shown that if vegetables and fruit are quickly frozen in their prime, then there is no great nutritional difference between fresh and frozen. In fact, in some cases, the frozen produce is better!
Unfortunately, I can’t serve up each meal fresh at your home. However, Little Dish is doing the next best thing. We ensure that the produce we buy is fully ripe when picked, there is a short time between harvest and cooking and we use the latest technology in freezing, a blast chiller.
Did you know there is something called a “temperature danger zone” for food? Bacteria can grow at temperatures between 5 and 60°C. If potentially hazardous foods (such as meat, poultry, rice and pasta) have to be cooled, their temperatures should be reduced out of the danger zone as soon as possible. Blast chilling quickly lowers the temperature of food so there is no time for bacteria to reproduce.
But wait, there’s more! Ordinary freezing turns liquids in food into macrocrystals, whereas the blast chiller reduces the food’s core temperature so fast that only microcrystals are formed. This means the food’s structure is relatively undamaged. The blast chiller preserves our meals’ consistency, moisture content and nutritional qualities. Blast chilling is so gentle on the food that when you defrost and reheat it, it’s just like it is fresh out of the oven.
It’s fresh, it’s safe and it’s cooked by a Chef. Little Dish’s food is seriously good. No joke.