No. Our products have a very low water content, which allows them to remain shelf stable for at least 6 months from manufacturing date. This means you can store your Muir jams and spreads in your pantry, desk drawer at work, or your gym bag; or take them with you on a camping or road trip. You can refrigerate our products, but they will get thicker and be harder to spread.
Our fast burning gels are made with dehydrated berries, i.e. simple sugars, which can be metabolized quickly and converted into glucose, the fuel source for our cells. Our slow burning gels are made with nut butters, which contain fat and protein. Fat and protein are also energy sources, but take longer to metabolize.
Bacteria and pathogens proliferate in an aqueous environment. To keep their products food safe, thinner or watery gels must use synthetic preservatives. We use exclusively real food ingredients with no synthetic preservatives. We have accomplished this by reducing the water activity in our products. This results in a thicker, more viscous - as well as more flavorful, nutritionally and calorically dense - product.
Yes, we are aware of this, but it is the price we pay to keep our products junk-free! Muir gels do soften up with temperature, however, so if they’re up against your body or in your hand for 10-15 minutes, they’ll be easier to squeeze out.
Hack: some of our customers use scissors to pre-cut the pouch lower on the neck, where the opening is wider.
Hack: some of our elite runners “eat” Muir gels. They’ll squeeze some in their mouth, run for 20 minutes, then squeeze some more, then run some more, etc.
MUIR is made with real food ingredients and real food freezes or thickens considerably at low temperatures. However, we have found that body heat is an effective antidote to combat these thermal effects. Put your MUIR pouch in your hand a few minutes before use, or keep it in a pocket close to your body, and let heat transfer do the rest.