Each meal’s packaging has unique instructions for how to prepare it. Every time you make a meal, you’ll want to read its instructions so it comes out as delicious as possible!
Keep meals in the fridge (or freezer, if need be)
Once you unpack your meals, store them in the fridge. They’re made with fresh ingredients and at their best when stored in the fridge. However, you can freeze them before their “Enjoy Before” date if you’re unable to finish them sooner. Just thaw them completely before cooking by transferring them to the fridge the night before you plan to eat them.
Make sure your oven rack is in the lowest rack position
When cooking Tovala Meals, your oven rack should always be in the lowest rack position with thecurved edges facing down.
Cook meals of the same kind at the same time
When you have multiple of the same meal, you can cook them at the same time. For example, a Chicken Parmesan can cook with another Chicken Parmesan, but you can’t cook a Chicken Parmesan with a Miso-Glazed Salmon. Four trays total fit into your oven. This can be two meals with cooked side dishes, or four meals with uncooked sides!
All meals come in 100% recyclable packaging. This includes the aluminum trays the main components of your meals come in. Please rinse and recycle these trays, or clean and reuse them
Ready to cook?
Step 1: Prepare your meal
Check the “Enjoy Before” date on your meal’s packaging to make sure it’s still safe to eat, and follow the instructions on your meal. (Please note, that the "Enjoy Before" date means we recommend consuming the meals before the date stated on your meal)
Always take the plastic film off the aluminum trays before cooking. If your meal has two trays, put them both into your oven at the same time.
Your oven comes with a sheet tray, but there is no need to use it when you cook Tovala Meals. Just put your trays directly on the oven rack.
Step 2: Scan the barcode
In Gen 1: Press the control knob on the front of your oven (the big black knob). This will wake up your barcode scanner. A red light will appear and indicate where to line up the barcode. Hold it 3 to 4 inches below the scanner. When your oven successfully scans, it will beep and display a cook time. Press the knob to start cooking.
In Gen 2:Press the Scan button to activate your oven’s scanner. A red light will appear and indicate where to line up the barcode. Hold it 3 to 4 inches below the scanner. When your oven successfully scans, it will beep and display a cook time. Press the "Start" button to start cooking.
Note:You only need to scan the barcode once for a Tovala Meal, even if you’re cooking multiple of that meal at the same time.
Step 3: Press the Start button
Once you’ve scanned the barcode, press the Start button. And then get excited!
Step 4: Keep the door closed
You should keep your oven’s door closed while your food is cooking. Opening the door will lower the oven temperature and might affect how your meal cooks.
Take out your meal with an oven mitt
When you grab the trays out of your oven, be sure to use an oven mitt. The trays and the inside of your oven itself will be hot, so please be careful!
Plate and enjoy!
Check your meal’s instructions for how to plate and garnish your meal, and then dive in! Dinner is served.