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Freezing Food Guidelines - Do You Know Them?

Updated on August 6, 2014

Freezing Food Guidelines - Get Better Results With Them

I find it that freezing food guidelines are necessary because people do not know the basics about freezing food. We all grew up with freezers and are supposed to know it all, but there are many things than we do not really know.

So, if you are thinking of getting extra freezer space by getting a chest freezer, such as the Frigidaire Chest Freezer, for instance, it may be a good idea to go over some of the basics of the freezing food guidelines.

Freezing Food Guidelines - The basic rules when it comes to freezing food

Freezing food guidelines - Do not freeze food that is not of excellent quality.

I think this is one of the very first freezing food guidelines that we all need to keep in mind. Do not think that if you freeze an inferior product freezing will improve the flavor. Remember, the food is going to come from the freezer in exactly the same quality as it went into the freezer in.

Freezing food guidelines - Freeze fresh produce as fast as possible:

The second of the freezing food guidelines that is very important is this one. When you are freezing fresh fruit and vegetables, freeze them as soon as possible. If you are freezing produce from your own garden only pick a small amount at a time and freeze it as fast as you can. This will ensure that the flavor is kept at its best.

Freezing food guidelines - Freeze cooked and baked food as fast as possible:

If you are freezing ready cooked or baked food, cool it down as fast as possible so that it can be frozen as quickly as possible. This is one of the very important freezing food guidelines you have to keep in mind. Do not place any hot food in the freezer though, as it will freeze a crust on the outside. This will serve as insulation and the rest of the food on the inside of the dish will rot.

Freezing food guidelines - Freeze food in suitable portions sizes:

This is one of the vital freezing food guidelines to keep in mind. Remember to freeze the food in portions sizes that are suitable for your family. It is always better to make smaller portions and use two it needs be rather than having to use a huge portion and most of it gets wasted. Remember, it is not a good idea to freeze food a second time. Only raw food, that has been cooked after you defrosted it, can be frozen again.

Freezing food guidelines - Use suitable packaging:

If you do not keep to this freezing food guideline, you will have wastage. Make very sure that your packaging is suitable. You have to make sure it is water resistant and that there is very little air in it. This will greatly enhance the flavor of the food as unsuitable packaging can cause the flavor to deteriorate. The idea is to keep all air and water away from the food you are freezing.

Freezing food guidelines - Make sure there is space for the water to expand:

This is one of the freezing food guidelines that we so often for get about. When you freeze food with a high water content you have to leave space in the container for it to extend. As we all know, water extends when it freezes. If there is not space the lid will lift or the packaging will tear and "freezer burn" will be the result. This will cause the food to become dry and tasteless.

Freezing Food Guidelines - See How To Do It

Freezing food guidelines - Mark your containers:

This is one of the freezing food guidelines that I tend to neglect with disastrous results! Make very sure that you mark every container very clearly. I always think I will remember what is in a container and then I don't. This causes a lot of waste as I sometimes defrost the wrong stuff. Learn from my mistake. Mark every container very clearly so that you know exactly what is in it.

Freezing food guidelines - Pack fresh stock in the coldest place of the freezer:

This is one of the freezing food guidelines that very few of us think about. When you first start freezing something, pack it in the coldest part of the freezer so that it can freeze as fast as possible. Once it is frozen always pack your freezer in such the way that the oldest stock is on top and in front so that you can use it first.

I know reorganizing the freezer is no fun, but if you do this you will have far better results and fat less wastage. This also ensures that you are always aware of what you actually have in your freezer. I think we all have the situation form time to time that we forget about something in the freezer and only discovers it when it is not usable any more.

With these freezing food guidelines you should have more success with all your freezing.

Freezing Food Guidelines - Mistakes

What are the biggest mistake you normally make when freezing food? Mine is not properly labelling them!

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    • Hendrika profile image

      Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you susi10. I learned after a few disasters

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      This was an interesting and useful hub to read, Hendrika. I was not even familiar with one or two of them myself. I am sure that many people would not know the proper ways to freeze food. Thanks for sharing your tips. Voted up +++, useful and shared.

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      Hendrika 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thanks paxwill, yes I also made many mistakes until I took the trouble to find out how to do it properly. Only after I have had quite a bid of loss!

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      paxwill 6 years ago

      This is very useful, and I'm sure many people don't even realize there are proper and improper ways to freeze food.


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