Magic Meals Home Delivery
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about packaging. (6)
We offer two different portion sizes in most of our individual serving meals, to help meet each person’s specific appetite and needs. Our full-size portion is a good, appropriate adult portion. It is not overly large as most servings are at restaurants, where you often get way more than you need. A full-size entree for menu items that are protein-based (meatloaf, chicken breast, pork roast, fish fillet, etc.) are about 6 ounces of meat before cooking. For menu items that are mixed, such as casseroles or soups, a full-size portion is about 1 1/2 cups. If you order your meals with side dishes, each individual, full-size portion comes with two side dishes of about 1/2 cup each.
Our small portion is 2/3 the size of the full. Protein-based entrees are about 4 ounces before cooking, mixed entrees are about 1 cup in volume, and side dishes are about 1/3 cup each.
We also offer family-size pans, which feed 4-6 adults, depending on appetite. If you order a family pan with a side dish, you will receive one side that will feed 4-6 adults. If you’d like additional side dishes, we can add them for $5 each.
We offer our meals in family-size pans, which feed 4-6 adults, depending on appetite. If you order a family pan with a side dish, you will receive one side that will feed 4-6 adults. If you’d like additional side dishes, we can add them for $5 each.
Our recipes have been designed and tested to maintain fresh cooked quality in the freezer for up to three months from the date each meal was prepared. You can find the date the meal was prepared on the lower left corner of the label on each container.
To assure the best fresh cooked flavor and texture, you should thaw your meals in the refrigerator. Most of our meals will thaw in the refrigerator in 24 hours, though stews and soups will take up to 48 hours to thaw completely. If you are in a rush, you may use the microwave to thaw our meals. When using the microwave to thaw meals, plan on heating the meal in the microwave for 4 to 7 minutes until heated through with the power setting on your microwave set to “Low” or 30%.
Each meals is labeled with easy reheating instructions, and most are very similar. For meals that are packaged in the black plastic trays, either remove the cover, or poke holes in each section of the cover before reheating any meal. If the meal has bread side dishes included in the tray, remove those before reheating. Most meals will heat in 3 to 4 minutes with the microwave set on medium-high power or 70%. On the majority of microwaves, you will first select the time that the food will cook and then select the power level for cooking. Once again, on most microwaves, when setting the power level you will choose either a ‘medium-high’, a percentage such as ‘70%’, or a numerical setting from one to ten such as ‘7’. If your meal is not heated through after the first 3 minutes, put it back in for another minute, once again on medium-high power.
Meals that are packaged in clear plastic bowls are also microwaveable by the same method. Just crack the lid and then microwave as above.
Individual meals that are packaged in aluminum pans due to their shape need to be removed and placed on a microwave-safe plate, and then microwaved as above.
Fish meals (tilapia fillets and salmon fillets) have instructions for the conventional oven. These are the only meals we deliver that are not fully cooked, as they do not reheat well. They will be packaged in oven-safe packaging, with instructions to place on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the fish flakes when a fork is inserted.
Family-size pans usually have instructions for the conventional oven, and side dishes oven are reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Sure. The black containers we use are safe in your conventional oven (not a toaster oven) for up to 45 minutes at 400 degrees (be sure to remove all of the plastic cover before placing in the oven). All other plastic containers we use are obviously not safe for either the oven or the toaster oven, but you can easily move meals into oven safe ware for reheating. For the toaster oven, all meals need to be removed from our packaging and placed in toaster oven safe ware. With most of our meals, you’ll get better results reheating in an oven if you loosely cover the meal with foil during reheating.