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Using a freezer to store food.
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:48:28 AM »
Freezing is one of the easiest, quickest, and most convenient methods of preserving foods.

Properly frozen foods maintain more of their original color, flavor and texture and generally more of their nutrients than foods preserved by other methods.

The following tips will help you get the most of your freezer
dollar.

• Place your freezer in a cool, dry area where the
temperature is constant.
• Keep your freezer at least Ύ full for efficient operation.
• Continue to use and replace foods. Do not simply
store them.
• Open the freezer door as rarely as possible.
• Make proper use of energy saving features on your
freezer.
• Keep door seals clean and check for proper sealing.
Replace when necessary.
• Defrost manual freezers regularly.
• Keep the condenser coils clean.
Freezing does not sterilize foods as canning does. It
simply retards the growth of microorganisms and slows
down chemical changes that affect quality or cause food
spoilage.
A temperature of 0 degrees Fahrenheit or less must be
maintained to keep frozen foods at top quality.

Packaging Materials

A good packaging material should have the following:

• Moisture/vapor-proof or at least moisture resistant.
• Made of food grade material, i.e. designed to be used
  for food products.
• Durable and leak proof.
• Doesn’t become brittle and crack at low temperatures.
• Resistant to oil, grease or water.
• Protect foods from off flavors and odors.
• Easy to fill and seal.
• Easy to mark and store.

Glass jars used for freezing should be made for the
purpose.
Cans, such as shortening and coffee cans, are good for
packaging delicate foods. Line the can with a food-storage
bag and seal the lid with freezer tape because they are
not airtight
Baking dishes can be used for freezing, heating and
serving. Dishes may be covered with a heavy aluminum
foil taped with freezer tape. To free the baking dish, wrap
the food in casserole-wrap fashion (see page 22).
Ice cube trays are good for freezing foods in small
amounts. Freeze food until firm and then transfer to
freezer bags.


Packaging, Sealing and Labeling

• Cool all foods and syrup before packing. This speeds
up freezing and helps retain natural color, flavor and
texture of food

• Pack foods in quantities that will be used at one time
Pack foods tightly to cut down on the amount of air in
the package

• Label each package with name of product, date,
amount and any added ingredients. Use freezer tape,
freezer marking pens or crayons, or gummed labels
made especially for freezer use.


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