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Reheating Instructions & Tips

 

Our holiday dishes are prepared to be easily reheated in the oven, on the stovetop, or in a microwave. Oven times may vary based on oven type, accuracy of temperature, and amount of food being reheated. When using the microwave, remember that it requires quite a bit of attention.

Here are some of our tested and trusted rules for safe, even & efficient microwave reheating:

  • Stir Frequently - Go ahead & set that timer for 4 to 5 minutes, but every sixty seconds you should be opening the door, carefully removing the lid or covering, and stirring. Microwaves heat quickly but unevenly - without stirring frequently you’ll have cold spots as well as overcooked areas.
  • Be Careful! - The microwave heats things FAST, including the container. Be extra careful when handling foods being reheated in a microwave
  • Avoid a Mess – Cover soups & gravies – we recommend covering them loosely while reheating. They quickly begin to spatter & can burn you quite easily. Use a microwave safe cover - parchment paper or a folded paper towel will do the job.
  • Not Everything Works in a Microwave - Pies & bone-in proteins are best reheated in the oven, not the microwave. The microwave negatively affects the texture of crusts, and bone-in proteins heat very unevenly in a microwave.

The aluminum alloy ‘Heat & Serve Container’ used for many of our holiday offerings is oven & microwave safe. However, the ‘Heat & Serve Container’ plastic lid is NOT safe for the oven or microwave. Your food can go directly from the microwave or oven to the table in the same container. Please be sure to remove plastic lid before reheating!

 

 

Holiday Meal Kits

 

Holiday Meal Kit reheat “countdown” – a simple way to time the reheating of everything so it all arrives on your table hot! Timing is everything!

 

Small Holiday ‘Deliciously Done’ Kit

  • 2 Hours before Serving – Remove the Turkey Breast & Braised Dark Meat from the Refrigerator to Temper
  • 1 Hour before – Remove the Rest of the Kit Components from the Refrigerator to Temper
  • 45 Minutes before – Preheat Oven to 350°F
  • 30 Minutes before – Place the Turkey, Stuffing & Mashed Potatoes in the Oven
  • 15 Minutes before – Reheat the Gravy & Brussels Sprouts (Scroll Down for Instructions)

Pro Tip: To keep items warm while you gather your guests around the table simply turn the oven off after everything has reached desired temperature & crack the oven door a few inches.

 

 

Medium Holiday ‘Deliciously Done’ Kit

  • 3 hours before Serving – Remove the Whole Cooked Turkey from the Refrigerator to Temper
  • 2 ½ hours before – Preheat oven to 350°F
  • 1 ½ hours before – Place the Whole Cooked Turkey in the Oven
  • 1 hour before – Remove the Rest of the Kit Components from the Refrigerator to Temper
  • 35 minutes before – Place the Stuffing & Mashed Potatoes in the Oven
  • 15 minutes before – Reheat the Gravy & Brussels Sprouts (Scroll Down for Instructions)

Pro Tip: To keep items warm while you gather your guests around the table simply turn the oven off after everything has reached desired temperature & crack the oven door a few inches.

 

 

Large Holiday ‘Deliciously Done’ Kit

  • 3 hours before Serving – Remove the Whole Cooked Turkey from the Refrigerator to Temper
  • 2 ½ hours before – Preheat oven to 350°F
  • 1 ½ hours before – Place the Whole Cooked Turkey in the Oven
  • 1 hour before – Remove the Rest of the Kit Components from the Refrigerator to Temper
  • 35 minutes before – Place the Stuffing & Mashed Potatoes in the Oven
  • 15 minutes before – Reheat the Gravy & Brussels Sprouts (Scroll Down for Instructions)

Pro Tip: To keep items warm while you gather your guests around the table simply turn the oven off after everything has reached desired temperature & crack the oven door a few inches.

 

 

Cooked Turkey & Brisket

 

Whole Slow-Roasted Turkey

  • Oven: Remove from the refrigerator 2 hours before cooking to temper. Remove packaging, place the turkey in a roasting pan, and pour 2 cups of broth (poultry, vegetable or water if you have no broth) over the turkey. Reheat in a 350°F oven for 1 ½ - 2 hours, or until heated through. Tent with foil if skin gets too dark. If you have a meat thermometer, heat your turkey to an internal temperature of 145°F
  • Microwave: We do not recommend reheating bone-in turkey in the microwave.

 

Half Slow-Roasted Turkey

  • Oven: Remove from the refrigerator 1.5 hours before cooking to temper. Remove packaging, place the turkey in a roasting pan, and pour 1 cups of broth (poultry, vegetable or water if you have no broth) over the turkey. Reheat in a 350°F oven for 1 - 1 ½  hours, or until heated through. Tent with foil if skin gets too dark. If you have a meat thermometer, heat your turkey to an internal temperature of 145°F
  • Microwave: We do not recommend reheating bone-in turkey in the microwave.

 

Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast

  • Oven: Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before reheating, allowing to temper. Place turkey in a baking dish and pour ½ cup of broth (poultry, vegetable or water if you have no broth) over the turkey. Cover with foil and reheat in a 350°F oven for 20-25 minutes. Time in oven will depend on how large the breast is, figure about 15-20 minutes per pound.
  • Microwave: Place the turkey in a microwave safe container, cover and heat on high for 4-6 minutes. If reheating slices, stop every sixty seconds to rearrange slices to ensure even reheating.

 

Braised Dark Turkey Meat

  • Oven: If using the aluminum alloy container, simple remove the plastic lid & cover with foil. Heat in a 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes, or until hot.
  • Microwave: Remove the plastic lid, cover with a microwave-safe lid and heat on high for 4-6 minutes in the microwave-safe aluminum container, or until heated through. Stop and stir every sixty seconds to ensure even heating.

 

Turkey Two Ways

  • Oven: If using the aluminum alloy container, simple remove the plastic lid & cover with foil. Heat in a 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes, or until hot.
  • Microwave: Remove the plastic lid, cover with a microwave-safe lid and heat on high for 4-6 minutes in the microwave-safe aluminum container, or until heated through. Stop and stir every sixty seconds to ensure even heating.

 

Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket

  • Oven: Reheat the brisket with its jus in a covered casserole dish, in a 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes, or until hot.
  • Microwave: Place the brisket in a microwave safe container and top with the additional jus and cover loosely. Heat on high for 4-6 minutes. Stop and stir every sixty seconds to ensure even heating.

 

 

Housemade Sides

 

Savory Vegetable Pie

  • Oven: Remove the tart from the refrigerator 1 hour before reheating & temper. Leave the tart in its oven-safe paper tin, place on a baking sheet it in a 350°F oven for 30-35 minutes, or until desired temperature is achieved.
  • Toaster Oven: Remove the tart from the refrigerator 1 hour before reheating and allow to temper. Preheat toaster oven to 350°F. Leave the tart in its oven-safe paper tin and toast for 30-35 minutes, or until desired temperature is achieved.
  • Microwave: Not recommended as the microwave will negatively affect the texture of the crust.

 

Traditional Stuffing & Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing

  • Oven: Loosely cover & reheat in a 350°F oven until heated through, roughly 25-30 minutes. For additional flavor, add pats of butter before reheating.
  • Microwave: Remove the plastic lid, loosely cover and heat on high for 4-5 minutes in the microwave-safe aluminum container, or until heated through. Stop and stir every sixty seconds to ensure even heating.

 

Green Bean Casserole & Cheese Dips

  • Oven: Loosely cover & reheat in a 350°F oven until heated through, roughly 25-30 minutes.
  • Microwave: Remove the plastic lid, loosely cover and heat on high for 4-5 minutes in the microwave-safe aluminum container, or until heated through. Stop and stir every sixty seconds to ensure even heating.

 

Mashed Potatoes & Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Oven: Loosely cover & reheat in a 350°F oven until heated through, roughly 20-25 minutes for 1 quart and 35-40 minutes for 2 quart. Stir every 5 minutes to ensure even heating.
  • Microwave: Remove the plastic lid and heat on high for 4-5 minutes in the microwave-safe aluminum container, or until heated through. Stop and stir every sixty seconds to ensure even heating.

 

Gravies & Soups

  • Stovetop: Pour into a sauce pan & heat over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching until hot, roughly 5-10 minutes.
  • Microwave: Pour into a microwave-safe container & cover loosely with a microwave safe lid, parchment paper, or paper towel. Heat on high for 2-3 minutes - stop & stir every sixty seconds to ensure even heating.

 

Mama’s Carrots & Cider Glazed Brussels Sprouts

  • Oven: Place in an oven proof casserole, loosely cover & reheat in a 350°F oven until hot, roughly 15-20 minutes
  • Microwave: Remove the plastic lid and heat on high for 3-5 minutes, or until heated through. Stop and stir every sixty seconds to ensure even heating.

 

Potato Latkes

  • Oven: Place on a baking sheet & reheat in a 400°F oven for 10-15 minutes.

 

 

Pies & Desserts

 

Apple Pie

  • Oven: Place it in a preheated 350°F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until desired temperature is achieved.
  • Toaster Oven: Place it in a preheated 350°F toaster for 25-30 minutes, or until desired temperature is achieved.

 

Pumpkin & Pecan Pies

 Best enjoyed at room temperature, so remove from the refrigerator 45-60 minutes before serving.