how to freeze with ease

Whether you have a chest or up­right freezer, the prin­ci­ples of suc­cess­ful freez­ing are the same...

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Cool foods be­fore you freeze.

Freez­ing food when hot will only in­crease the tem­per­a­ture of the freezer and could cause other foods to start de­frost­ing. Only re­freeze food if [QW XG EQQMGF KV KP DGVYGGP When food is thawed, bac­te­ria can mulit­ply quickly, par­tic­u­larly at room tem­per­a­ture. If you pop it in the freezer, the bac­te­ria sur­vive and are more likely to reach harm­ful lev­els on sec­ond thaw­ing. How­ever if you cook the food in be­tween, eg thaw­ing beef mince, turn­ing it into Bolog­nese and then re-freez­ing, it’s not a prob­lem as the bac­te­ria will have been killed in the cook­ing process.

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prop­erly or put them in sealed con­tain­ers, oth­er­wise it can get freezer-burn.

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You don’t want to have to de­frost a stew big enough to feed eight when you’re only feed­ing a fam­ily of three. 6 +H KP FQWDV VJTQY KV QWV Con­trary to what many peo­ple think, freez­ing doesn't kill bac­te­ria. If you are un­sure of how long some­thing has been frozen or are a bit wary of some­thing once de­frosted, don’t take any chances.

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7PNGUU [QW NCDGN you might not re­mem­ber what it is, let alone when it was frozen. Buy a blue marker for raw foods and a red marker for cooked foods. You can use big-let­tered ab­bre­vi­a­tions, for ex­am­ple a big red P might i> V i` « À À > L Õi i> à À>Ü wà ° And al­ways add the date it was frozen.

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RQYGT EWV or you think the freezer has been turned off, don't open the door. Foods should re­main frozen for about 24 hours, leav­ing you time to get to the bot­tom of the prob­lem.

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