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Freezer Burn Is it Safe to Eat?
Freezer burn on chicken
Freezer burn on green beans
What is Freezer Burn?
Freezer burn is what happens to your food when it is not properly stored in the freezer. Have you ever pulled something out of your freezer for dinner and noticed grey, frosty spots and ice crystals? I am sure you have, we probably all have. Food that is freezer burnt is still safe to eat but it compromises the taste of the food. I can't speak for everyone but I know that I cannot afford to throw food away.
How does freezer burn happen? Water evaporates at all temperatures, so even when your food is frozen it is still losing moisture. This dehydration is what causes freezer burn and oxidation. So we need to do something to prevent it.
In order to prevent freezer burn you must wrap your food well when freezing. The best way to do that is to use a vacuum sealer. This pulls the air away for the food which will prevent freezer burn and oxidation. However, not all of us have access to a vacuum sealer nor do we have the money to purchase one. So the next best thing is proper storage containers.
Do not skimp here it is important to use good freezer bags or freezer containers. Freezer containers have a vapor barrier that will keep the moisture in your food. You should always use the right size container, filling them full leaving enough space in the top to allow for the food to expand during freezing. If you are using freezer bags all of the air should be sucked or pushed out of the bag. Some people also use freezer paper, if you chose to use this it should be touching the food.
Another important thing is to maintain the temperature of your freezer. Your freezer should stay at a temperature of around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. To help save energy it is best to keep your freezer at least 75% full. Keep in mind that you do not have to fill it with food; you can use bags of ice to finish filling it. The frozen meat will keep the freezer cooler and you will use less electric to keep it cold. In the event of a power outage it is good to have your freezer full because it will stay frozen longer, as long as you are not opening the door to often.
Another way to prevent freezer burn is to freeze your meat in a liquid. This could be water that will be dicarded at a later time or broth to add flavor to your meat.
Some companies use what they call an ice dip to prenvent freezer burn. You would dip your food in cold water and freeze. Repeat this step until you have enough ice on it to prevnet freezer burn.
I love to shop at the big bulk stores. I buy my meat in bulk thus saving time and money. I save time because I do not have to shop as often therefore saving gas also. When I get home I repackage the food that I bought. I also purchase large bags of frozen vegetables. I bag them into meal size portions and put them back in the freezer. Again make sure you push all the air out of the bag.
Please note: once meat is thawed, DO NOT refreeze without cooking it first.
Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt
First In First Out Food Storage
- First In First Out (FIFO) Food Storage Method
The FIFO (First In First Out) Method is the best method to ensure that you use what you have before it gets outdated. it also insures food quality and saftey for you and your family. Saves you money, because you have less to throw out.
Can You Freeze Bread?
- Can You Freeze Bread?
Save money and have what you need on hand by learning how to freeze bread and retain quality.
5 Tips for Freezing Bread
5 Tips for Freezing Bread
I am always looking for ways to save money so when the local grocery store has a sale on bread I like to stock up. I have experimented with freezing bread effectivly and this is what I have found to be the best way to do it.
Tip #1 I leave it in it's original packaging
Tip #2 put in in a freezer bag
Tip #3 I make sure all the air is out of the bag
Tip #4 put it in the freezer! make sure you put it on the top so it doesn't get smashed.
Tip #5 I try to use it within a month, it loses quality the longer it stays frozen.
If you are freezing home made bread I recommend that you follow the above steps but freeze it while it is still warm, not hot this will help to maintain the moisture in it. To thaw in out I just put it in the refriderator the night before I am going to use it. Always make sure that you label your bread with the date and type.
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