For well over 50 years the red boxes for Stouffer's frozen entrees have been found in freezers across America. Stouffers had its humble beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio where Abraham and Mahala Stouffer opened a small coffee shop.
Their sons, Vernon and Gordon, eventually expanded the one location into a chain across Cleveland. Customers liked the food so much that they would request their favorites to be boxed up to be taken home. Items that were especially popular eventually sold at a neighborhood food outlet, by 1954 the first red boxes of Stouffer's were in supermarkets.
Entrees come and go as the consumers tastes change, but some products have stood the test of time. Stouffer's Lasagna is a tried and true recipe that has been around for over forty years. However, new variations of this classic favorite have been introduced more recently.
Lasagna Italiano offers real ricotta cheese, and vegetable lasagna gives vegetarians a delicious new option. Farmer's Harvest Lasagna has the same great taste of the original, but the noodles are made from healthy whole grains. Macaroni and Cheese is another favorite that has been around for decades, but it can be found in the freezer aisle today paired with broccoli or fish filets, or with whole-grain Farmer's Harvest option.
A Variety of Products
Stouffer's has kept up with consumer demands by offering new products alongside its classics. More recently skillet meals have become popular, offering a quick alternative to a made-from-scratch meal that that tastes like it took all day to make.
To meet the demand for this growing trend, Stouffer's Easy Express Skillets offers about a dozen different entrees that you can make on your stovetop. Easy Express Skillets offer meals such as Sweet and Sour Chicken, Meatball Rigatoni, Broccoli and Beef, and Chicken Alfredo, among others. Pressed Panini sandwiches are another trend that Stouffer's has responded to. Stouffer's Corner Bistro line offers sandwiches that are cooked in a special microwave sleeve, making the final product hot and crispy.
If you enjoy Stouffer's meals but want a little variety in your diet, there are many recipes on the Stouffer's website to help you discover new ways to serve your favorites. Do you like the Baked Apples entree? Consider serving in the trifle style recipe, "Apple Banana Breakfast Crunch". Breathe new life into the Macaroni and Cheese entree with the Macaroni and Cheese Cacciatore recipe.
The recipe database can be searched according to the ingredient or the type of meal you want to cook, so you're sure to find something that your family will love. Consumers are also encouraged to leave reviews of the recipes so that others can benefit from their experience.
Coupons for Stouffers are easy to find. Stouffer's regularly publishes coupons for its products in the Sunday newspapers. These can be combined sometimes with store coupons from outlets such as Target and Walgreens.
If you have never taken advantage of coupon stacking you might be surprised to learn that this practice in not only permitted but in some cases encouraged. If a customer has a "50 cents off" manufacturer's coupon, they can combine it with a store coupon for "50 cents off" to get a dollar off the final price! Stouffer's also periodically publishes coupons on its own website; look under the "Promotions and Offers" link to find any current promotions.
Stouffer's rewards its most frequent customers with the "Dinner Club" rewards program. Inside specially-marked boxes, consumers will find a 12-digit code. This code can be entered on the Stouffer's website for points, which can then be redeemed for prizes. Consumers receive 100 points just for signing up with the Dinner Club.
All codes inside the entree boxes can be used one time are worth 20 points each, and consumers can redeem up to 10 codes per day. Consumers can save up points and cash them in for prizes such as magazine subscriptions, personalized mugs, movie tickets, grocery totes, or complimentary Stouffer's meals.
Points can also be donated to Habitat for Humanity; just 500 points will make a $5 donation to this charity. To date over 400,000 points have been donated to this worthy cause. As of right now this program is scheduled to run through the end of 2011, but Stouffer's also says in its rules that it may extend the program depending on its popularity. Be sure to check it out on www.stouffers.com today!