Products & Ingredients

How can I find STOUFFER’S meals in my area?

STOUFFER’S Frozen Meals can be found using the Where To Buy page to identify a local retailer near you.

Have any recipes changed?

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.

What causes ice crystals to form on top of the product?

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

Why is the sodium level in your products so high?

We offer a variety of meals with a wide range of sodium levels to meet the desires of all of our consumers. To learn more about Nestle and our sodium journey check out our Creating Shared Value Report.

What is the difference between sodium and salt?

"Salt" usually refers to table salt, technically known as sodium chloride. Salt contains about 40% sodium and 60% chloride. "Sodium" refers to a specific mineral, which happens to be part of common table salt.

How much sodium is contained in a teaspoon of salt?

One teaspoon of salt contains about 2,300 mg of sodium.

Do STOUFFER'S frozen meals have preservatives?

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.

Does STOUFFER'S make a meatless lasagna?

STOUFFER’S offers several meatless recipes, including Veggie Lovers Lasagna in 3 sizes.

Preparation

Can I cook STOUFFER’S in a slow cooker?

Can I cook STOUFFER'S on the grill?

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

Click here for Macaroni & Cheese Grilling Instructions.

Is it safe to use the product, once thawed? Do I prepare from a frozen or a thawed state?

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.

My microwave does not have 50% power. What can I do to microwave your products properly?

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.

Can I make STOUFFER'S in the toaster oven?

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.

Why is my STOUFFER'S® Chicken Pot Pie boiling over?

Your STOUFFER'S® Chicken Pot Pie is boiling over because there is steam building up within the pie during the cooking process. We recommend using a utensil to further open the slit at the top of the crust before cooking. This should let some of the steam escape and stop the pie from boiling over.

Can I microwave STOUFFER’S French Bread Pizza?

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

Am I able to cook my STOUFFER'S product in a convection oven?

We do not recommend the use of a convection oven to cook STOUFFER’S dishes. While we understand some of our consumers require the use of a convection oven, unless otherwise indicated on the package, our test kitchen chefs have found that for the best results our dishes require the use of a conventional oven or microwave.

Can I/How do I cook multiple products at once?

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.

Can you microwave STOUFFER'S lasagna?

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

How to bake two STOUFFER'S lasagnas?

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.

Is the STOUFFER'S lasagna precooked?

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

How can I be sure my product is prepared correctly in the Conventional oven?

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

Can STOUFFER'S go in the oven?

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

Packaging

You changed your packaging. Why?

Over the years our menu has evolved to include both the classic recipes you know and love, plus new varieties for new experiences. Our distinct packaging makes it easier for you to find everything we offer. From classics to more adventurous flavors, the STOUFFER’S® menu has you covered!

What are the new segments and how would you describe them?

We’ve divided our menu into groups of dishes that satisfy whatever you’re in the mood for:

  • Classics: Warm familiar favorites that always hit the spot
  • Bowl-FULLS®: Hearty portions of craveable satisfying recipes in a convenient bowl

You’ve changed color-scheme on all of the packaging. How can I find my favorites?

Our new packages have a distinct color-scheme and design to represent each segment:

  • Classics: warm reds and rich brown tones, representing the comfort and warmth of generations of STOUFFER’S® dishes
  • Bowl-FULLS®: bright red and bold black bowl

When can I find the new packaging in my store?

Updated packaging is rolling out to store shelves now! Use the Where to Buy page to find a local retailer near you.

Can the tray be reused?

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

Is the tray recyclable?

Plastic Trays: Check the bottom of plastic trays for a triangle with a number in it. That's the recycling code for the particular type of plastic used in the tray. You can check with your local recycling company to see if they accept that type of plastic.

Flexible pouches used for some STOUFFER'S® products are not considered recyclable due to their different layers of materials. This type of packaging is used to provide necessary barrier properties and properly protect the product.

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 are not recyclable. It contains a layer of flexible material that does not allow it to be recycled.

I prepared a pouch item in my microwave and the contents splatter all over the interior of my oven. Why?

It is necessary to completely penetrate the pouch as holes can re-seal themselves. It might be necessary to make slightly larger holes when piercing so this will not occur. Always follow the on-pack cooking instructions which may include covering with a paper towel.

What is one serving of STOUFFER'S lasagna?

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.

Bowl-FULLS®

What is STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS®? How is it different from other STOUFFER’S products?

Bowl-FULLS® is a new subline from STOUFFER’S that offers flavorful new recipes and hearty portions all in a convenient bowl.

How many varieties do you have of STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS®?

There are an assortment of Bowl-FULLS® varieties currently available. (Assortment will vary by retailer.) Here are some that are currently available:

Where can I buy STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS®?

STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS® are available in retailers nationwide; however, availability will vary by retailer. Please feel free to ask your local grocery store about the availability of these items or go to our website to use the store locator.

Why is STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS® packaging so different?

Bowl-FULLS® is still part of the STOUFFER’S line, but we wanted it to stand out on shelf and call out the new bowl format in an eye-catching way.

Is STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS® packaging recyclable?

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.

Can I make STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS® in the oven/toaster oven, etc.?

Bowl-FULLS® are microwave only and should be not cooked in the oven, toaster oven, etc. Always follow the on-pack cooking instructions.

Should I thaw STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS® before I cook them?

No, all STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS® meals are supposed to be cooked from a frozen state. Always follow the on-pack cooking instructions.

Do you have any organic/vegetarian Bowl-FULLS® options?

Not at this time.

Do STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS® have soy? Other allergens?

The 8 major food allergens are: tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. These foods account for 90 percent of food allergic reactions. These are often referred to as the "Big 8" allergens and we always label them whenever they or protein-containing ingredients derived from them are present in our products. Refer to the ingredient panel on the product for more information.

Where do STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS® high protein levels come from?

Bowl-FULLS® high protein levels come from high protein quantities of white meat chicken, steak, cheese, beef and beans, within the different recipes.

Why are the STOUFFER’S Bowl-FULLS® sodium levels so high?

The sodium in these products are a combination of sodium naturally occurring in the foods/ingredients and the sodium from salt used for taste. We are always looking for solutions to offer you balanced nutrition in accordance with recommended daily allowances while delivering the great flavor and ingredients you know and trust. Reference STOUFFER'S packaging for your individual dietary needs.

Miscellaneous

When did STOUFFER'S® become part of Nestlé?

In 1973.

Do you have coupons available?

STOUFFER's occasionally offers coupons in local newspapers and through direct mailing programs. But, the best place to watch for special sales or promotions is at your local grocery store.

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