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How to Protect Food in a Deep Freezer

Instructions

Step 1

Sort through your foodstuffs and decide how long you'll freeze your items. Grocery packaging works well for foods frozen for one to two months, but not much longer. You'll need to add extra packaging for longer freezing times and for extra protection.

Step 2

Cool your food quickly. Place it in the refrigerator before freezing. Do not let your food sit at room temperature for longer than 30 minutes. Cold food freezes quicker, and immediate freezing is necessary to retain quality and nutrients.

Step 3

Place food in appropriately sized freezer bags or containers. Squeeze out all the air by tightly wrapping or rolling the bag or wrap before sealing. This allows for maximum freshness, and you'll be able to stack bags on top of one another. If storing liquid or semi-liquid items, leave 1 to 1-1/2 inches of space for the liquid to expand when it freezes.

Step 4

Label freezer bags and containers. Put the name of the food item, date it's being frozen, thawing and reheating directions, number of servings and use-by date.

Step 5

Place packages in the deep freezer, taking care to only place two to three pounds of food per cubic foot. Also leave space between food packages. This allows proper air circulation and freezing.

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