Food Storage Safety

Heating Instructions

Microwaving is the clear favorite when it comes to reheating your meals.  You can also use your oven, toaster oven, stove top, etc.  The microwave will be the quickest and most convenient way.  We recommend microwaving your food in one minute intervals.  Heat for one minute, stir, and then test.  After two minutes decrease the interval to 30 seconds and test until your desired temperature is achieved. 

Refrigerating Your Meals

Ensure that the temperature in your refrigerator is set below 40° F (4.4° C). It may be helpful to designate a shelf or two in your fridge specifically for your meals.  Don’t put your meals in the door as this is often the portion of the fridge where temperature fluctuates the most because it is exposed to outside air. 

Freezing Your Meals

Freezing meals is undoubtedly convenient, however it is likely to change the composition of the food. Foods like lettuce, melons, and gelatins do not work well in the freezer. Some foods freeze better than others and the quality of the food doesn’t diminish by a measurable amount.

When Freezing Meals, we recommend the following: 

1. Use high quality, air-tight containers

Freezer burn will render your meals inedible and thus a waste of money and time.  To prevent freezer burn you must create an air-tight seal and inhibit moisture from entering your container. We suggest placing each container in plastic freezer bags.  

2. Label every meal with the date it was received and what it is. 

After you seal it in plastic freezer bag it may become hard to see what’s inside and labeling it will prevent you from having to crack the seal and risk spoiling the food.