Freezing food is one of the easiest and most effective methods of preserving food.
However, despite its hailed benefits, there are certain concerns that one must keep in mind while storing food in the freezer.
Below are some tips on how to ensure food safety when freezing food at home.
Frozen Food Safety Considerations
Therefore, frozen foods will always be safe to eat as chances of them ever going bad are minimal. However, this is only if the freezer temperature remains at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
On the other hand, long-term freezer storage can cause your foods to acquire an unpleasant smell or weird taste and texture.
So, what should you freeze?
You can freeze butter, margarine, most bread apart from crusty varieties, milk, raw pastry and grated cheese.
Additionally, foods like vegetables, meat, seafood and poultry are also excellent foods to freeze because they tend to maintain their quality for a long time.
What not to Freeze
The following foods are not freezer-friendly so you should never try to freeze them.
- Low fat cream cheese and plain yogurt.
- Soft herbs such as chives or parsley.
- All types of vegetables with high water content like mushy, cucumber, radishes and lettuce.
What is the proper packaging for the freezer?
Foods to be frozen should always be tightly packed in airtight containers or freezer bags. If moisture escapes, the food can become dry.
However, always ensure you leave some space if you are using airtight containers and squeeze some air from bags before sealing just in case the foods expand.
The recommended packaging designed for freezing foods include freezer-safe bags, plastic freezing containers, polyethylene wrap and bags, heavy-weight aluminum foil, can or freeze glass jars and plastic coated freezer papers.
What is Freezer Burn?
Freezer burn is the pale and dry patches that usually appear on the surfaces of frozen foods.
It is the result of inadequate wrapping and air being trapped within that robs it moisture.
Fortunately, freezer burn does not make the foods unsafe to eat but it does make them a bit unpleasant and difficult to eat.