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.
Goodness Gracious is expanding to Gauteng!
We're very excited to announce the impending opening of not one, but two beautiful retail stores in Joburg.
Stay tuned for exact opening dates, and more info. All confirmed details and timings will be shared via our Newsletter :)
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.
The lamb was very very tender, a really excellent tasting dish, well seasoned, both my wife and I truly enjoyed the dish, best homemade dinner meal we have had in a long time.
The best homemade Choc & Caramel Nutty bar I have ever tasted, kept diving back into the fridge for a last bite, yummy 😋
Such a tasty dish I enjoyed every fork full
Scrumptious and spicy - a real cold winter's evening moussaka! Devoured by the vegetarians and meat lovers in my household. Highly recommended!
A good winter meal. Tasty and warming
With a starch males a great meatless Monday meal. A great favourite
Very tasty. Will definitely order it again
Very good, tasty and will order again
Enjoyed this dish
This is a family favourite!
The person who ate the pie could not resist the entire pie. He said it was delicious and would not change the recipe at all
Excellent and a good winters meal
Delicious and moist mince and unlike most bought lasagnes, the pasta didn't go dry on top. I used my single portions for two meals by adding a side veg.
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.