Not only does freezing prolong the life of our favourite foods, but it also gives us the opportunity to cook in advance and enjoy later – a blessing after a long day at work! Here are our top 4 tips for making the most of your freezer.
It’s super important to cool your foods down thoroughly before freezing. By adding any warmth to your freezer, it can cause frosting as the freezer temperature increases. Another way to avoid frosting is by only opening the freezer door when necessary, as this also leads to fluctuations in temperature.
Avoid Freezer Burn
Make sure to wrap your foods securely and remove as much air from the packaging as possible to avoid freezer burn. This is caused by the loss of moisture from your food and can lead to ice crystals forming or your food decolouring. Freezer burn is more commonly found in food that’s been in the freezer for a long time - although completely safe to eat, you may find that the taste has deteriorated as a result.
The easiest and safest way to defrost food is in the fridge overnight, as leaving frozen food at room temperature can cause bacteria to grow as the temperature changes. Defrosting this way also means you don’t have to use the food straight away – most items can keep in the fridge for 1-2 days before cooking. Alternatively, if you’re running short on time, you can defrost most food items safely by running them under cold water.
Label & Rotate
Always remember to label your food before freezing so you know what each dish is and the date it was frozen. It’s also a good idea to rotate the food you freeze, with the oldest at the front and the newest at the back.