Welcome to Goodness Gracious
Goodness Gracious is a family business, producing delicious, stylish and elegant home-made frozen meals using farm fresh ingredients. Each recipe has been carefully hand crafted and tested by our owner chef, and 'preservatives' and 'additives' just do not feature in our food - just superb, quality ingredients.
Uniquely and importantly, we blast freeze our freshly cooked dishes - in a special blast freezer - which locks in all the goodness and flavour. Scroll down to read more...
Our meals come in containers that are suitable for the oven and/or microwave, with simple cooking instructions and great side dish suggestions.
We guarantee our food will not fail to impress, and you will feel proud to serve Goodness Gracious meals to anyone sitting at your table.
What is 'blast freezing'?
A Blast Freezer freezes fresh or partly cooked food much faster than an ordinary home freezer, locking in the key qualities and nutrients of the food. So that after defrosting, the food appears like it was never frozen, and the taste, texture, colour and overall look are uncompromised.
Let's get technical...
When you freeze food (or anything else for that matter) the water inside crystallises into ice. The longer the freezing process takes, the larger the ice crystals. In a Blast freezer, the temp of the food is lowered to -20 degrees celsius in just 4 hours, as opposed to taking 10-72 hours in a normal freezer.
Rapid freezing causes the crystals formed to be very small, which does less damage and preserves food at a higher quality.
Aside from the integrity, quality and taste of the food, blast freezing also offers a health and safety benefit in that extreme cold slows down the growth of bacteria so that there is a greatly reduced risk of contamination.
Finally, a blast freezer allows you to put the food into it when freshly cooked and still hot (with a normal freezer, you need to cool it down first) and this alleviates any sourness that may develop.
Goodness Gracious was established in 2009, and has evolved into a much loved food brand amongst our loyal customers, growing humbly from our original roots in the Cape Winelands. Today, the increasing demand for our great tasting meals has spurred us on to become ever more innovative.
Only the highest quality ingredients and standards go behind our meal preparation. And behind it all? Lester Schalit, a Prue Leith trained chef, resident recipe developer and self-proclaimed 'food nerd', who continues, with the support of his team of cooks, to spin his magic in the kitchen, adding his personal, homemade touch to every dish that leaves HQ..
Our uniqueness lies in our culture and our values – we care about what we put into our recipes, making sure every ingredient matters. This uncompromised attention to detail and food safety, ensures that we are not just another food brand.
If you haven’t yet tried us, browse the site and you’ll find ratings from our customers on many of the dishes; don’t take our word for it, read what they have to say!
Feel free to contact us with your thoughts or any ideas - we’d love to hear from you. We look forward to including you in our exciting food journey.
Just love your food. It is a healthy life saver when we run out of dinner ideas. Thank you for it.
This dish is so tasty & good that I am going to invite my foodie friends over for a dinner party and spoil them with the best ever Thai Chicken Curry.
Totally delicious! Chicken was tender and the sauce sublime. Highly recommended!
Great variety and delicious. Enjoyed by the whole family!
Delicious and the meat melts in the mouth. Excellent with mash n peas or cauliflower and cheese sauce.plenty of meat as well
Absolutely fantastic delicious
Lesters Chicken pie has been my favourite for 11 years. It is filled with chicken, leeks and mushrooms.Topped with layers of phyllo pastry that just melts in your mouth.
This was a kids choice but unfortunately, neither of them finished their bowls. I also think that heating the mac & cheese in the oven took away some of the gooeyness...the microwave might be better for this one.
The lasagne was rich with flavour and just the perfect comfort meal we were hoping to have! Our family thoroughly enjoyed it and we will definitely make it a standard order for future.
Excellent food and family loved it - mom's week off!
Always a winner for either a family dinner or dinner party! I usually add Pompadoms and fresh coriander.
Delicious will order again
Tender Lamb and very tasty. No skimping on meat