I recently learned about a delicious line of frozen chowders that really embodies sustainability in every aspect from ingredients to packaging. The e.a.t line of soups and chowders from Key West Gourmet Foods consists of five "environmental and tasty" meal solutions.The products are microwavable and packaged in entirely sustainable packaging - which the company says is a first in North America for a frozen entree. The packaging is 100% compostable and recyclable including the outer plastic like film which is made by NatureFlex.
The packaging is great but the sustainably sourced all natural ingredients used to make up the delicious meals are what really shine.
The folks at Key West sent me their five products to try and I was just amazed at the quality and taste from a frozen meal. All seafood used in the products are wild caught not farm raised and they are sustainably sourced. The veggies used are all non GMO. The first thing that struck me when I opened one of the chowders to taste was how beautiful it looked - the Wild Salmon chowder looked like something you'd find in an upscale restaurant with plentiful amounts of salmon and red potatoes bobbing about in the broth.
The e.a.t line consists of:
Wild Salmon Gourmet Chowder
Savoury chunks of MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified Wild Alaskan Salmon, red-skinned potatoes and green onions with a hint of dill delicately blended in light cream.
Curried Shrimp Gourmet Chowder
Plump juicy Wild Shrimp and crisp vegetables in fresh cream infused with our signature curry blend.
Seafood Tortilla Gourmet Chowder - A Mexican fiesta of MSC certified Wild Alaskan Pollock, organic tomatoes, black beans, sweet corn, and tortilla strips with an accent of fresh lime and jalapeno.
Asian Vegetarian Gourmet Chowder- Grilled organic tofu, mushrooms, sweet potatoes and spinach in an energizing Green Tea and Miso broth. A vegetarian masterpiece.
The combination of superior ingredients and sustainable packaging make the e.a.t frozen meals very appealing to those interested in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
The company should be applauded (its no surprise their packaging won an award) for reconceptualizing frozen meals. Traditionally the whole market segment of frozen microwave meals are very much unsustainable - their packaging is difficult to recycle even the boxes are treated to resist moisture making them not recyclable. So these products are a tremendous innovation.
e.a.t frozen chowders are launching this Fall in Canada and will be available in early 2010 in the U.S.