STOUFFER'S® Frequently Asked Questions

Products & Ingredients

STOUFFER’S Frozen Meals can be found using the Buy Now product locator to identify stores near you that carry our meals and also check out the online shopping options.

We are always striving to ensure excellence in our recipes. Our Big Kitchens continually evaluate all of our products to meet our consumer expectations, as well as ours, when it comes to quality and taste.

According to the US FDA 90% of food allergic reactions are caused by: milk, egg, fish, crustacea (e.g., shellfish like shrimp, lobster, crab), tree nuts (almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc.), wheat, peanuts, soybean and sesame. These are often referred to as the "Big 9" and we always label them whenever these foods or proteins derived from these foods are present in our products. Refer to the ingredient panel for more information.

Ice crystals occur naturally on frozen products. Excessive ice crystals (a snowy appearance) may result from fluctuations in storage temperature.

Our team of chefs work incredibly hard to create delicious frozen meals using ingredients you can feel good about. To learn more about Nestlé and our commitments check out our Creating Shared Value Report.

STOUFFER’S primarily utilizes freezing as a natural method of preservation, allowing us to minimize use of added preservatives. In fact, there are no preservatives in many of STOUFFER’S products.

We understand it can be frustrating when something you love is suddenly not available. Contact us and we can help you find another favorite!  

We do not recommend using a product past its shelf life. Product consumed on or before the date on pack would have the best quality, freshness, and performance. 


Yes, you can cook Macaroni & Cheese Stouffer’s Party Size Macaroni & Cheese (76 oz) on the grill.

Click here for Macaroni & Cheese Grilling Instructions.

STOUFFER’S meals were designed to be prepared from a frozen state. Party Size items may be thawed under refrigeration and prepared. See package for details.

50% power is synonymous with power level 5, medium, medium-low, and in some instances, defrost. However, if the microwave has only one setting, you can prepare the product on high starting with half the time listed on the package. If the product has not reached an internal temperature of 165F in that amount of time, continue cooking on high checking after each minute to prevent overcooking.

We do not recommend using a toaster oven due to the toaster oven's small size and close proximity of the heating element to the meal container. We also do not recommend the use of a convection oven to cook STOUFFER’S meals. Our chefs have found that for the best results our meals require the use of a conventional oven or microwave. 

You can partially cook your STOUFFER’S French bread pizza in the microwave and complete cooking in a conventional oven or Air Fryer to maintain the crispy bread texture. See package for complete instructions. 

To prepare more than one STOUFFER’S meal in the conventional oven it is important that the heat circulate around all edges of the trays. To cook properly, the trays should not touch each other or the sides of the oven walls. Rotate the tray half way through the required cooking time. Increase the cooking time 5 - 15 minutes if needed but do not increase the oven temperature. The internal temperature of the item must reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

STOUFFER’S meals are designed to cook well in conventional ovens and microwaves. See the cooking instructions on your meal packaging or visit the product webpage to find specific cooking details. 

STOUFFER’S lasagna is not ready to eat and requires cooking before eating. Follow the cooking instructions on the package or on our website.

Make sure to carefully follow the cooking instructions on the package. Specific cooking instructions are also available on the product page for your STOUFFER’S meal.

Additionally, here are our best tips for success preparing STOUFFER’S Meals in a conventional oven:

  • Prepare your meal from a frozen state unless otherwise noted on pack.
  • Regularly calibrate your oven to ensure proper temperature
  • Be sure to preheat your oven to the temperature specified on the package
  • Adjust film/lid as instructed on packing
  • Use baking sheet if specified and place baking sheet on center rack if suggested
  • Cook recommended time using a timer
  • Follow any stir/lid steps or heat adjustments if specified throughout the cooking process
  • Carefully remove your meal from oven after proper cooking time – Will be hot
  • Ensure your meal reaches the appropriate internal temperature of 165°F or as otherwise stated on the package instructions

Stouffer's Sides come in a microwave-safe tray so you can cook your side in the microwave only and save your oven space for the main entrée. The tray will not withstand the sustained high heat of a conventional oven.

Stouffer's Sides come in a tray that is not safe for the oven. Always follow the cooking instructions on the packaging.


The tray should not be reused. It was not designed as a reusable container.

Plastic Trays: Not only are we using 30% recycled plastic in our trays, but we’ve also removed the black pigment in an effort to increase the ability of this tray to be recycled. Be sure to check with your local community to see if our trays are accepted.

Plastic Bowls used in BOWL-FULLS and MAC-FULLS products. The paper box is recyclable, but you’ll have to check locally for whether the plastic tray, when rinsed, is accepted at recycling centers in your locality.

Aluminum Trays: This package is recyclable where suitable recycling programs exist. Recycling programs for aluminum packaging may not exist in your area.

Paperboard: The paperboard outer carton is recyclable. However, the pressed paper trays used in our multi-serve meals are not recyclable. They contain a layer of flexible material that does not allow them to be recycled. We have moved from a black liner to an undyed interior to help move us towards our Nestle USA 2050 sustainability initiative of zero environmental impact in our operations. Please continue to check on-pack for the most up-to-date recyclability

Serving size information can be found on the Nutritional Facts Panel on the package for all STOUFFER’S meals. Serving size information can also be found on the STOUFFER’S meal webpage.


The STOUFFER'S brand, which dates back to the 1920s, launched its frozen foods division in 1954, offering take-home frozen meals from their restaurants to folks looking for easy dinner ideas or portable lunch ideas. NESTLÉ acquired STOUFFER'S in 1973.  

We achieved zero waste for disposal at all Stouffer’s-owned manufacturing facilities in 2020, meaning all locations have found ways to recycle, compost or recover energy from waste materials that would have otherwise gone to a landfill. 

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Yes! Check out our website at for apparel and home accessories that reflect our shared love of comfort food and fun. 

Our classic meals will not be included with items purchased, but we suggest pairing merch with your favorite Stouffer’s dish for the ultimate comfort experience. 

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