FAQs

Q1. Can I freeze pâté?
Q2. Why choose to purchase pate in a 5oz slice package?
Q3. Are there any nutritional benefits in pâtés or mousses?



Q1. Can I freeze pâté?

We do not recommend it. Much of the outcome of freezing depends on the rate at which the food is frozen and the duration of storage time at freezing temperature. The faster the food is frozen and the shorter the duration, the lesser the effect on taste and texture. In the process of freezing, ice crystals are formed which expands the fiber of meat and other ingredients which most definitely affects texture. It should also be noted that, even if the food is vacuum packaged in film, the packaging will expand which usually results in the appearance of a product that has exceeded its shelf life and is "bloated' by bacterial growth.


Q2. Why choose to purchase pate in a 5oz slice package?

Alexian's unique packaging solutions reflect our leadership in the pate category as well as our belief that packaging is an effective sales tool in and of itself.

Alexian was the first to offers pates in pre-packaged slices that not only stimulate appetite appeal, but also minimizes staff handling. That contributes to less waste and reduces food-handling risks at the same time.

Our 5oz. packaging slices are valued by many of our retail partners because the smaller size increases the probability of trial by new customers and the likelihood of increased frequency of use. Plus, smaller sized packaging offers you added versatility for merchandising in the case or on the shelf.


Q3. Are there any nutritional benefits in pâtés or mousses?

Certainly there are!
Of 7 products in the Alexian vegetable and vegan category the average calorie value is 51 calories per 2 oz. serving. Earthy Mushroom Vegan leads the pack in lowest caloric value of 25 gms per serving!

The other average values are as follows:

FAT 2 gms    CARBS 5 gms    SUGAR 2 gms    PROTEIN 4 gms

Alexian Three Layer Vegetable, Tomato Basil and Earthy Mushroom pâtés all qualify as LOW FAT and LOW CHOLESTEROL containing less than 3 gms and 20 mgs respectively. In the Meat category of pâtés the values are somewhat different with the caloric, fat, and cholesterol values being generally much higher. That is to say an average of 222 calories, 20 gms of fat, and 88 gms of cholesterol per serving. And this is why, you might guess, that pâté tastes so good! As they say in Europe "The fat carries the flavor" and, it is now believed that it is the fat that promotes appetite satiation.

As a general rule of thumb the spreadable mousses are higher in caloric value than the coarse cuts, and the Chicken pâtés are lower in caloric value than the other meat pâtés. For example, Alexian Chicken Ballotine has 12 gms of protein per serving and, only 5 gms of fat.

The other average values:

CARBS 2 gms    SUGAR 1 gm    PROTEIN 6 gms

NONE OF OUR MEAT OR VEGETABLE pâté CONTAIN TRANS FATS

ALEXIAN pates are GLUTEN FREE
With regard to sodium content, all the pâtés in both the meat and vegetable category have an average sodium content of 240 mgs per serving. (Low Sodium is 140 mgs per serving) The nutritional values of every Alexian pâté are printed on the pre-packaged slice and mini terrine packages. We also have this info available for reference in tabular format, which is available on request.

In conclusion, when you must address the nutritional values of a serving of Alexian pâté with your customers, we would like to suggest that the benefit to the tastebuds and to the soul probably will outweigh any perceived risks to health; especially since it is not a food that is eaten on a daily basis.