Below are some of our more frequently asked questions.
There is a contact form at the bottom for any other questions.
If I have a smaller family, can I split the meals into half portions?
Absolutely! For an additional $10 for 10 meals or $12 for 20 meals we will split the larger cuts of meat and provide you with extra freezer bags to split your meals.
Can my friend/family member and I come and make one set of meals to share?
Because space is limited, we ask that each person attending sign up and pay through the website to track spots available and food needed.
How do I plan a private class?
Visit our Request a Private Class Page, there we update our availability. You can select your menu items and requested date. We will then post the class to the website with a password so only your group has access to signup and pay for that class. Everyone must be signed up and paid 1 week prior to class date.
How many people can I have in a private class?
You need a minimum of 10 but can fit up to 14.
What days and times do you hold classes?
Classes are held in the evenings or Saturday afternoons. We can generally accommodate any day of the week depending on availability.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations and class date changes must be made 7 days prior to your class date.You may send someone in your place to assemble your meals if you cannot attend (must be 16 years or older). If you would like to switch your class registration to the assembled meals option, this may be done for an additional $60 and must be done 7 days prior to original class date. Please fill out our refund/exchange request form here.
How long do the meals stay good in the freezer?
They generally stay good for about 3 months. The quality starts to decline after that.
I've misplaced my instruction cards. Can I get them again?
Here are the instruction cards for all of our meals we currently offer. Download here.
How should I store the meals in the freezer?
If you are storing them in a deep freezer you will want to place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. You will also want to place parchment paper between them to prevent them from freezing together.
If storing in a fridge/freezer combo, they can still freeze together but will often freeze to the wire rack so you can’t get them out of the freezer. To prevent this, place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Freeze them upright, in a “clump” so they will fit in your crockpot without needing to be thawed first.
How do I cook the meals?
All your meals come with cooking instructions and nutrition fact information. But the easiest part is they are all cooked in the crockpot! They tend to taste better if they are cooked on low for the shorter range of time recommended, generally 6 hours. But if you are running short on time you can cook them on high for 3-4 hours.
I want to give one of my Citrus Pear meals as a gift. What's the best way to share?
Citrus Pear meals can give comfort to those in need. We have created an easy way to share the cooking instructions. You will find a card you can print yourself and give to those in need! Click here to go to a list of all the cards.
What do I need to bring to the class?
A cooler on wheels, laundry basket or other large container to transport your meals home. I will have all the cooking utensils needed but you are welcome to bring your own knives or choppers.
What if I have an allergy to some of the foods used?
We are happy to make substitutions for different dietary needs. Just email us and we can get it worked out for you.
I am worried my children won’t eat some of the foods. Do you have any recommendations?
Most of the meat used needs to be shredded before serving. Remove the meat from the crockpot and shred. After doing so it will be dry and somewhat bland. All cooking instructions recommend placing the meat back in the juice in the crockpot to allow moisture and flavor back into the meat. If you have picky eaters, leave some meat out after shredding it. This might be more appealing to children who have aversions to strong flavors.
These meals are meant to make your life easier. Children need to be “trained” to know they need to eat what is provided for dinner. Experts recommend serving them dinner and giving them the choice to eat or not, but informing them that other options will not be available until snack time. This gives them the control, prevents a power struggle, and lets them know there will be a consequence to not eating: hunger. If they don’t eat and are begging for dessert or snacks right after dinner, remind them they chose not to eat and because they didn’t they are now hungry and grumpy. Show them that mom, dad, brother or sister ate and are happy and comfortable. Make them wait as long as you can (30 min for toddlers, 1-2 hours for older children) until a snack is offered; it’s ok to let them feel hungry. The keyword here is “snack”. This should not be another meal or the meal you offered them at dinner time. Do not use dessert or treats as a reward.