Storing & Heating Frozen Meals

... to clients with every meal delivered 

Storing Frozen Meals

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water when handling food.

  • Keep as much of the food in the freezer as you can to prevent spoilage.

  • Meals can be taken out of the freezer and refrigerated to thaw up to 3 days.

  • Never refreeze a frozen meal once it has been thawed.

  • It is recommended to eat the meals within 30 days of receiving them. Remember to rotate meals. Discard food after the expiration date.

  • Refrigerators and freezers should be kept clean and in good repair. All refrigerators should be kept at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. All freezers should be kept at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

Heating Frozen or Thawed Meals

  • Do Not Use a Toaster Oven to Reheat Meals.

  • Reheat according to the directions so that food is heated all the way through.

  • Once meals have been heated, any leftovers should be thrown away.

  • Meals can be heated in a conventional oven or in a microwave oven.

Heating Frozen Meals

Microwave Oven Instructions

  • Poke holes in the film covering each section of your meal, or loosen the film from each corner of the container.

  • Heat the meal on high for 4 - 7 minutes. If the microwave does not have a turntable, turn the meal halfway through heating.

  • Very slowly and carefully remove the film. Caution - the steam will be hot!

  • Let stand for 2 minutes. Stir before eating.

Conventional Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Leave film seal over meal. Place meal on a cookie sheet in the middle of the oven.

  • Heat for 35 - 40 minutes or until hot.

  • To prevent burns, let your food stand for 2 - 3 minutes after heating before you eat.

 Heating Thawed Meals from the Refrigerator

Microwave Oven Instructions

  • Poke holes in the film covering each section of your meal, or loosen the film from each corner of the container.

  • Heat the meal on high for 2 - 3 minutes or until the food reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Very slowly and carefully remove the film. Caution - the steam will be hot!

  • Let stand for 2 minutes. Stir before eating.

 

Conventional Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Leave film seal over meal. Place meal on a cookie sheet in the middle of the oven.

  • Heat for 15 - 20 minutes or until hot.

  • To prevent burns, let your food stand for 2 - 3 minutes after heating before you eat.

 

Meals on Wheels

West Contra Costa Region

2301 Rumrill Boulevard

San Pablo, CA,  94806-2904

510·412·0166

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monday – Friday