Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? We’ve got answers about cooking and storing frozen and refrigerated foods, along with information about Easy Home Meals.
It’s a common misconception that frozen foods are bad for you or inferior to fresh foods. In fact, frozen foods often contain more nutrients than fresh ones! That’s because commercial quick-freezing processes preserve the nutritional value, freshness, flavor and color of foods. For example, frozen produce is harvested at the height of ripeness and nutritive value and immediately frozen to preserve these nutrients.
Learn more in our article about the nutrition benefits of frozen foods.
Once you bring your groceries home from the supermarket, make sure to put your frozen foods in the freezer right away! Frozen foods need to be stored at 0°F or lower to retain vitamins and other nutrients.
If kept at the appropriate temperature (0°F), your frozen food is unlikely to go bad. However, it might slowly begin to lose its quality and taste. Make sure to check the “best by” date on your food packaging and use the product within that window for optimal taste and nutrition.
When it comes to cooking frozen food, you have a lot of options. Many frozen foods can be microwaved, cooked in the oven or on the stovetop, and even prepared in an air fryer or slow cooker. Check your product packaging for cooking instructions and methods.
Want some more ideas? Check out our Food Hacks for more inspiration on cooking frozen foods.
Most frozen foods, including meat and vegetables, need to be cooked before eating. However, some products, like frozen fruit, can be consumed raw.
If you’re unsure of whether your product needs to be cooked, check the package cooking instructions. These will explain exactly how to prepare your food to make sure it’s safe to eat.
We run sweepstakes in March, June and July to support our Frozen Food Month, Dairy Month and Summer Ice Cream & Novelties promotions. We sometimes have additional giveaways throughout the year, so make sure you check our site frequently!
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Holiday Gift Card Giveaway
October 25, 2023
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. SWEEPSTAKES OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ON THE DATE OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
1) SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Holiday Gift Card giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”) starts November 15, 2023 at 12:01 A.M. ET and ends December 15, 2023 at 11:59 P.M. ET (the “Sweepstakes Period”) and is comprised of one (1) Drawing Period as described in Rule #4 below. The Administrator (as defined below) runs the official clock for the Sweepstakes and will solely determine the time by which an entry is received.
2) ELIGIBILITY: TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN, YOU MUST BE A LEGAL RESIDENT OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ON THE DATE OF ENTRY. The officers, directors and employees of the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (the “Sponsor”) its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, advertising, promotional and judging agencies, persons engaged in the development, production or distribution of materials for this promotion (collectively, the “Promotion Parties”) and the immediate family members (parent, child, sibling, and spouse of each) of and/or persons living in the same household as such individuals (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate. This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law.
Limit one (1) entry per person during the Sweepstakes Period. If any individual submits entries in excess of the disclosed maximum, by any means, including but not limited to establishing multiple email accounts, they will be disqualified from participation in this Sweepstakes. The name of the person submitting the Sweepstakes entry must be the authorized account holder of such email address, otherwise, entry may be deemed void. In the event of a dispute over the identity of a potential winner, the entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, and potential winner may be required to provide identification sufficient to show that he/she is the authorized account holder of such email address. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to notify the Sponsor in writing if the entrant changes his or her email or postal address during the Sweepstakes Period.
Proof of submission of entry does not constitute proof of receipt of entry. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned to entrants. Each entry submission must be manually key stroked and manually entered by the individual entrant; automated and/or repetitive electronic submission of entries (including but not limited to entries made using any script, macro, bot, or Sweepstakes service) will be disqualified and transmissions from these or related email or IP addresses may be blocked.
4) PRIZE DRAWING AND DRAWING SCHEDULE: There will be a total of one (1) random drawing conducted from all eligible entries submitted during each applicable Drawing Period, as outlined in the “Drawing Schedule” below. Each random drawing will be held on or about the drawing dates noted below and conducted from amongst all eligible entries received during each applicable Drawing Period by the Administrator as follows:
|Drawing Period||Potential Winners||Starts
|1||4 (four) First Prizes||11/15/2023||12/15/2023|
The Administrators’ decisions on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes are final. The odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received per Drawing Period. Potential winners are subject to eligibility verification and compliance with these Official Rules. Limit one (1) Prize per household throughout the Sweepstakes.
5) WINNER NOTIFICATIONS AND PRIZE FULFILLMENT: The potential winners will be notified within seven (7) business days of the prize drawing date by email and/or mail and/or social media at the email and/or street address and/or social media profile provided at the time of entry. Any winner notification returned as undeliverable will result in forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. The potential Prize winners may be required to confirm his/her shipping address and may be required to sign and return to Sponsor an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release including (where lawful) a publicity release by Administrator and/or Sponsor by the due date indicated in the notification correspondence. If any required documents are not returned within the number of days specified in the notification correspondence, or if any notification is returned as undeliverable, then the prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected at the Sponsor’s sole discretion, time permitting.
6) PRIZES AND VALUE: Four (4) First Prizes: A $200 Supermarket Gift Card. Total Value: $800. Gift Cards are subject to terms and conditions specified by the issuer therein. Actual Gift Cards to be awarded to each winner will be at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.
7) GENERAL: This Sweepstakes is subject to the laws of the United States. Except as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, no substitution of prizes shall be offered and no transfer of prizes to a third party is permitted. All federal, state, and other tax liabilities arising from this Sweepstakes are the sole responsibility of prize winners. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. No more than the listed number of prizes will be awarded. Coupons are subject to the terms therein.
8) CONDUCT: By entering into this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Administrator and the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Sweepstakes or these Official Rules. These Official Rules are accessible from http://www.EasyHomeMeals.com throughout the Sweepstakes Period. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification. The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual: (a) suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes; (b) to be acting in any manner deemed by the Sponsor to be in violation of the Official Rules; (c) to be acting in any manner deemed by the Sponsor to constitute unsportsmanlike or disruptive behavior, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND COSTS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
9) LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: The Promotion Parties assume no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate Entry information, or for any lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of Entries at any point in connection with the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers, mobile device, or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or any combination thereof; or (e) any injury or damage to the Entrant’s or to any other person’s computer or mobile device, which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download any materials from the Sweepstakes. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not able to run through completion for reasons which may include, without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, including any other factors beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control such as war, riots, terrorism, civil unrest, strikes, blackouts, supply shortages, order of governmental authority, an “act of God” (e.g., natural disasters, weather, etc.) or an unforeseeable health event (e.g. pandemic or epidemic), then the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part, without further obligation to the Entrants or third parties. This Sweepstakes may be canceled or postponed by Sponsor, at any time, in its sole discretion, due to the ongoing pandemic (e.g., Coronavirus/COVID-19). In the event the Sweepstakes is cancelled, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize from among all eligible non-suspect Entries received prior to the time of the action or event warranting such cancellation. With regard to this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor will only contact those Entrant(s) deemed as the potential winner for purposes of clearance and awarding of the prize.
10) ENTRANT AND WINNER RELEASES: All entrants, as a condition of entry into the Sweepstakes, agree to release and hold harmless the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, its directors, officers, employees, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, suppliers, printers, application developers, advertisers, and promotional or judging agencies (collectively the “Released Entities”) from and against any and all liability, loss, claims, demands or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, costs, or losses to persons or property which may be sustained in connection with: (a) accessing the Sweepstakes page; (b) submitting an entry or otherwise participating in any aspect of the Sweepstakes; (c) the acceptance, receipt, ownership, use or misuse of any prize awarded; (d) preparing for, participating in, or traveling to and/or from any prize-related activity; or (e) any typographical or other error in these Official Rules or the announcement of the offering of any prize. The winners shall bear all risk of loss or damage to any prize after it has been delivered. The Sponsor makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning the appearance, safety, or performance of any prize.
Entrants agree to be bound by these rules and consent to the use of their names, voices, photographs, actual or simulated likenesses, and/or biographical information for public relations, advertising and promotional purposes in perpetuity, throughout the universe, by Sponsor and its designees in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
11) DISPUTES & GOVERNING LAW: This Sweepstakes is conducted in English (which will be given its everyday ordinary meaning), and Entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resorting to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania or the appropriate Pennsylvania State Court; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the participant and Sponsor’s in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Pennsylvania or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Pennsylvania.
12) WINNERS LIST: To receive a copy of the Winners List, available after December 15, 2023, send an email with subject line: “Holiday Gift Card Giveaway” to [email protected]. All such requests must be received by December 30, 2023. The winners list will only be available after all winners have been verified.
13) SPONSOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Sponsor: National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, Inc., 4755 Linglestown Road, Suite 300, Harrisburg, PA 17112. Administrator: Donovan, 180 West Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17552
All rights reserved. Entrants are hereby authorized to copy these Official Rules on the condition that it will be for the Entrant’s personal use only.