So you hit a great sale and stock your freezer up. But a few weeks or months later, you pull out your edibles and they’re covered in ice crystals. The sad phenomenon that causes unappealing, dried-out, discoloured food happens to the best of us.
We have five useful tips to make sure you never feel the (freezer) burn again.
Wrap it well
Wrap your freezer-bound fare twice, with as little air as possible. First wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then in a freezer bag, squeezing out as much air as you can.
Organization is key
Keep your cold storage well organized. That way, you don’t have to keep the door open for five minutes every time you look for something, avoiding temperature fluctuations as much as possible. If you’re shopping for a new unit, keep in mind that self-defrosting models are worse for freezer burn.
Keep cool and carry on
Don’t put hot foods directly in the freezer; let them cool first.
Be mindful of over-filling
Keep your freezer full, but not too full. At about three-quarters capacity, the freezer is most efficient at maintaining its cool.
Vacuum sealers are a game-changer
Invest in a vacuum-sealer. It sucks out all the air around the food before freezing, which makes a big difference in longevity.
A little freezer burn is okay
Although colour, texture and taste all suffer when freezer burn strikes, it does not render the food inedible — it’s still perfectly safe. To rescue freezer-burnt provisions, try concealing it in flavourful mixed dishes with lots of liquid, like stews, a bolognese, or barbecue sauces.
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