All of our meals are fully cooked and only need to be reheated for you to fully enjoy them. The reheating times found on our containers are approximate. You may need to adjust based on your oven type, and preferred eating temperature.
Dinner in the Bag! (Fresh Meal Service)
The fresh meal is packaged in containers that are not oven-safe. The food must be transferred to an oven-safe container for reheating purposes.
Fish is fragile and does not tolerate being overheated as it can cause it to dry out. Generally you want to place fish on a baking sheet and reheat for no more than 10-12 minutes at 375 F. It can also be reheated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes for best results
Vegetables can be reheated in the oven, covered for 15-20 minutes at 375F. However they are always better warmed in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. For best results you can heat your vegetables in a skillet on high heat for 2-3 minutes. This will help them to remain crispy and prevent them from being overcooked.
Reheating Chicken & Pork
All of our chicken and pork is fully cooked at the Red Apron to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, measured using a meat thermometer, regardless of colour. You can use a meat thermometer to reheat to the same internal temperature of 165 degrees. Generally, most chicken and pork can be reheated at 375F for 20-25 minutes.
Our steak is intended to be enjoyed rare, and can become tough when cooked or reheated to medium or well done. We suggest warming steak slightly. Reheat at 375F for 5-10 minutes, or 30 seconds in the microwave.
We often provide extra sauce or gravy on the side for meat dishes. In most cases these sauces can be warmed in small dish in the microwave or small pot on the stove top, with a few tablespoons of water to thin, and poured over the meat or served on the side.
Fresh & Frozen Doubles & Singles
In all cases, we recommend defrosting any frozen meals completely before following the reheating instructions. This can be done by letting the meal thaw in your fridge overnight. The black and gold containers are oven and microwave safe, but all plastic lids and containers must be removed. Our new Tilton packaging is made in Canada of 100 % recycled materials and is 100% recyclable in Ottawa’s Blue Bin. The single serving size is microwave safe. The double serving size is oven and microwave save (black bottom only) although you need to place it on a baking sheet. We generally suggest you transfer your food to your own oven or microwave save container. If you are in a hurry to defrost your meal, most microwaves have a defrost function which works quite well.
Fish is fragile and does not tolerate being overheated as it can cause it to dry out. Generally you want to remove the fish from the oven safe container for the bulk of the cooking time, and add it back to the dish for the remaining 10-12 minutes of cooking time. It can also be reheated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Reheating Chicken & Pork
Chicken and pork can be reheated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, measured using a meat thermometer. If the internal temperature is 165 degrees then the meat is cooked, regardless of colour. Generally, most chicken and pork can be reheated at 375F degrees for 20-25 minutes.
All steak is intended to be enjoyed rare, and can become tough when cooked or reheated to medium or well done. We suggest just warming steak slightly for no more than 5-10 minutes even if that means removing it from the container, while reheating the rest of the items, then adding it back for the last 5-10 minutes.
If frozen, you can run your container under hot water and pop it out into a pot. Reheat slowly on low heat, stirring frequently until thawed and warmed to your desired temperature. If you find the soup too thick, you can thin it out to your desired consistency with stock, water, cream or milk.
Gazpacho and other cold soups should be placed on the counter or in the fridge until thawed and served slightly chilled.
It is always preferable to thaw before reheating, then place on a baking sheet and bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes.
It is best to remove the flatbreads from the packaging while they are still frozen and lay them on a baking sheet to defrost for ½ hour. Bake at 375 F for 10-15 minutes.