How to Freeze your Foods Properly
Here are a few tips on how to freeze your food for future use!
Keep your freezer temperature consistent. Look at the thermometer. The temperature needs to stay well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit to achieve a good quality freeze.
If you are only storing foods for a month or two, it is okay to do so in the original store packaging. This tip mostly applies to meats purchased from the grocery. Instead of repackaging them, store as is. The exception would be if you have bought in bulk and want to break the pack of meat up into a certain number of portions.
Label everything that you place in the freezer. This includes bags and containers.
Use freezer approved food containers. Only use freezer bags and plastic containers that say they are safe for the freezer. Store food in appropriately sized containers as well.
Avoid freezer burn by using moisture-proof zip-top plastic bags and wrap. Remove the air from bags before sealing. Store soups and stews in gallon or quart freezer bags, which can be placed flat and freeze quickly.
Storing foods in smaller servings help it freeze quickly, and it also allows you to defrost only what you need.
Use a permanent marker to label each container with the name of the dish, volume or weight if you’ve measured it, and the date you put it in the freezer.
Leave space between items in the freezer. This allows air to circulate all around the food and freeze it more effectively.
The quicker food freezes, the better its quality once thawed. Do not crowd the freezer – arrange containers in a single layer in the freezer to allow enough room for air to circulate around them so food will freeze rapidly. Slowly frozen food forms large ice crystals that may turn the food mushy.
Do not freeze hot foods. Wait no longer than about half an hour before freezing room temperature foods. Always squeeze the air out of plastic backs for easier storage and less condensation. Most cooked dishes will keep for two to three months in the freezer. You can also use a freezer thermometer to ensure that your unit’s temperature remains at 0° or below.
Vacuum seal your freezer-bound foods. Use a FoodSaver to store foods in the freezer without air and moisture in them.
Avoid using aluminum foil for certain foods. Acidic items like tomatoes or tomato-based sauces may react with aluminum foil or foil containers in the refrigerator. This can alter the taste of the food or make it unsafe.
Learning how to freeze foods can save you time and money!
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