10 tips for freezing foods properly

Freezing retards the growth of microorganisms and enzymes that cause food spoilage. For best flavor and texture, home-frozen foods should be used within 6 to 9 months. Never store more than 2 or 3 pounds of food per cubic foot of freezer capacity at one time. Otherwise, you will overload the freezer, making it more difficult to maintain the recommended 0 degrees F temperature. Keep a freezer thermometer in the freezer and check the temperature about once a month. An almost empty freezer is more expensive to operate than one that is nearly full. Frozen foods help keep their neighbors frozen, so keep your freezer well stocked. That said, have a look at these 10 tips for freezing foods properly. I’m pretty sure you will find them quite useful.

9. Defrosting is a must. An icy freezer is an inefficient one, so make sure you defrost your freezer if ice builds up. Don't worry about the food; most things will remain frozen in the fridge for a couple of hours while the freezer defrosts.

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