Mann’s commodity and fresh-cut vegetables are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals the body needs to stay fit and healthy. Our goal is to make eating fresh and nutritious vegetables a tasty and easy experience, especially for time-starved meal preparers and parents. Our fresh-cut products are washed and ready to use and most are packaged in microwaveable bags to steam for your convenience. Recipes, cooking tips and demos can be found in the RECIPES section of our website and nutrition label information is also available in the PRODUCTS section.
Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Are there any preservatives in your products?
A: No, there are no additives or preservatives in any Mann’s products, including the many products we offer that are cut, pre-washed and ready to use.
Q: What is used to wash the vegetables?
A: Our vegetables are processed through a wash water system that is monitored to ensure it meets all national drinking water standards. We use a combination of chlorine and citric acid to balance the pH of the water and to ensure the cleanest product possible.
Q: Should I wash my produce again before eating or cooking with it?
A: Rinsing or washing pre-washed items is fine, though not necessary. Many people like to rinse packaged veggies just prior to using; this will not affect the produce or flavor.
Q: Do you use pesticides or are the veggies organic?
A: We offer both “conventional” (non organic) and organic products. Our veggies are monitored through the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) integrated pest management system, and both our conventionally and organic grown vegetables meet or exceed all of the standards and requirements.
Q: Are your products genetically modified (GMO)?
A: No, none of Mann’s products are genetically modified. We do not grow or distribute any GMO products.
Q: Are all of your packages microwave safe and do they contain any BPA?
A: None of Mann’s packaging contains any BPA (Bisphenol A). All of our packaging is microwave safe, except the 32oz and 48oz packages. See instructions for One Step Steam below.
Q: Your package says to “Steam in the Bag”. Is there a reason I cannot eat them raw?
A: Steaming, microwaving and roasting are only suggestions for our products. Yes, you can eat them right out of the bag, add them to veggie trays, soups, stews, or cook them using your favorite method.
Q: Can I freeze the veggies right in the bag?
A: No, we recommend you first blanch you fresh vegetables prior to freezing. Not doing so will result in mushy, poor tasting products once thawed. See blanching instructions in RECIPES section under Cooking Tips.
Q: Can I use the products past the “Best if used by” date?
A: The “Best” date is the date we guarantee the product to be fresh through. To see if they are still fresh after the best date, open the package and look for any darkening on the veggies or strong odor. If either of these things exist, we recommend you discard the package and not use the products. Our motto is “when in doubt, throw it out.” Our fresh veggies have a shelf life of 16 days; the “Best” date on the package is the 16th day.
Q: When I got home from the market, I noticed the bag I just purchased had already expired. What should I do?
A: In a case when the product has been sold past the “Best if used by” date, it should be returned to the store for a replacement package or refund.
Q: I see the products are packaged in Salinas, California, but where are they grown?
A: All of our packages state the Country of Origin. Look on the front, top right corner and it will state the country. Our produce grown in the USA is grown in either California or Arizona. Sometimes in the winter we will import snow peas or snap peas from Guatemala or Mexico. In this case, it will clearly state that on the package. None of our products come from China or any other countries/regions.
Q: I can’t eat an entire package in one sitting. How should I prepare the remainder?
A: We have a couple suggestions for you, but want to remind you, first, to be sure to seal the package tightly and store in your crisper to keep the veggies at their optimum freshness until you’re ready to use. One prep idea is to steam them in a covered pan in about an inch of water for about 3 minutes. Or another idea—if you prefer to use a microwave—is to put the remaining veggies on a microwavable plate, season, cover with a wet paper towel and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. And bon appétit!
Q: How does micro perforation in the bags and packaging differ from nitrogen gas flush that’s used in the packaging of some fresh products like salads?
A: Micro perforation is the process of placing tiny microscopic holes in the bag. These help manage the oxygen and carbon dioxide inside the bags which is produced after vegetables are harvested. Nitrogen can do the same thing, however the micro perforation has tested better at diminishing the accumulation of natural gases and keeping the vegetables fresher longer vs. nitrogen.
Q: What causes decay on products before the “Best if used by” date if I have stored the product properly in my refrigerator?
A: The number one reason for early decay before the “Best” date of fresh produce is breaking the “cold chain” and putting them in fluctuating temperatures not cold enough to keep the produce at its optimal freshness. This can happen several ways after the produce leaves our plant, such as:
• Inconsistent refrigeration during transportation. Recorders are placed in the trucks to monitor refrigeration levels to best ensure freshness of products during and after transport.
• Products not being received into (34° to 36°) refrigeration immediately upon arrival, and continually kept in the cold chain through storing, merchandising and stocking the items at the store level. (If fresh produce is left on the dock or in the aisles and not refrigerated right away this can knock days off the shelf life.)
• If fresh produce isn’t refrigerated within 30 minutes of being out of the cold chain, early decay can start.
Remember we use no preservatives or additives, so proper refrigeration is key to keeping the products fresh and flavorful through the “Best if used by” date.