All About Our Meal Pouches

All About Our Meal Pouches

For some, preparing a meal from a pouch may be a new culinary adventure. And so, we’re here to give you the full 411. To many’s surprise, it is totally safe so long as you’re selective about what bags you use. Any ‘ol plastic won’t do.

Below, we’ve gathered some of your most frequently asked questions. Still curious? Give us a shout on social media or email us directly at ‘Til then, enjoy the deliciousness of real food, made simple. It’s all in the bag!™

Why do you use pouches at all?

Our meal pouches lock in all the flavor and nutrients of our real ingredients, without the use of any preservatives. They make it easy to heat and eat a tasty meal in under 6 minutes, and they can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days, too! 

What are your meal pouches made of?

Our meal pouches are made from nylon and polyethylene. They are completely BPA, phthalate, and plasticizer-free.

Are there any health risks to cooking with plastic?

Your health and safety is our #1 concern. In addition to making sure you are getting the most nutritious meals on the table fast, we have ensured that our meal pouches are USDA food-grade and food safe.  

What about leaching?

Plastic leaching is a result of time and temperature. The longer plastic is exposed to heat, the more likely it will break down. In the case of our meals, our pouches are heated for just 6 minutes, which is long before any changes to the composition of the plastic are possible.

Can I freeze my meals in the bag?

Our meals are designed to be eaten fresh and can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days. But, we get that life happens and sometimes it is just not possible to enjoy your eats as planned. Feel free to freeze your meals to enjoy later.

But what about the environment?

We thought about that too when designing our packaging! Our pouches are streamlined so they are made with less plastic and are recyclable in normal facilities (just rinse and recycle). We also use significantly less packaging than other meal kits. And, we’ve got some exciting news for you: we are partnering on a pilot project to design and manufacture a biodegradable meal pouch, which we hope to begin using in the not-to-distant future.

We often get pushback from consumers about our plastic meal pouches, and they’re not wrong. Or are they?

It can be difficult to reconcile that all of our efforts to make real food simple for you hinges on a completely artificial material. While the technology responsible for our core product does in fact rely on plastic (so far), we started RealEats with the intent to use less and ultimately find a way to move to zero plastic. 

But can plastic be kind of good? Our pouches do make it simple for more people to enjoy the nutritional benefits of real, nutrient-dense, preservative-free food. They also make it possible to keep our meals naturally fresh for a week and easily allow for months of freezing, which significantly reduces food waste. The less we waste food, the less packaging we use, and the better that is for our planet.
Dan Wise
RealEats Founder & CEO

While we’re pretty sure we all agree that less plastic is good, would a zero plastic world be better? Not according to this The Wall Street Journal on plastic bags.

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