Let’s take a look at your freezer space, shall we?
If you raised an eyebrow at the request, you’re probably wondering why. If you raised both, you probably know why.
It’s true – the freezer space can very well be called the attic of our fridge – as we tend to dump foods there and not look at it for days – or weeks! Cluttered refrigerators are a mundane story, cluttered freezers more so. Beyond the newly packed items lie foods of yore you probably wouldn’t recognize anymore.
The freezer compartment tells a lot about the owner – lots of ice packs means either a sporty person or an accident-prone one, frozen dinners means couch potatoes and lots of ice-cream tubs means kids in the house or probably a pleasantly plump adult! And when it’s a family fridge, you’re going to need all the space that you can get to store a dozen other things!
So, what should stay and what should go? Technically, freezing can keep food safe almost indefinitely. The thing to keep in mind is that safe does not necessarily equate to a good taste and texture. The simplest rule to decide on foods to dump is this – whatever is beyond identifiable and makes you raise one eyebrow needs to go into the bin.
It is not irregular to get grossed out every time you think it’s time to clean the fridge. Going ‘Ew!’ need not be a part of your fridge routine – and knowing the golden rules of freezing food wisely will turn things around for you.
To start out, while freezing food, you need to accomplish the following five goals -
The way to succeed in doing these is dependent on proper wrapping and storing of the foods.
Here’s how you go about it -
That was about how to freeze foods – though that is no good unless you know how long you can keep frozen food till it becomes rat poison! For starters, check the use-by-date for purchased frozen foods. And for other foods that you freeze, here is what expert say is the timetable for the best quality -
About food that is not listed here, you should defrost it and check its quality. First try smelling it – as per experts, whatever smells weird or not okay should definitely be dumped. However, it the food doesn’t look as good as before though otherwise seems fine – you can use it in soups or stews. For thawed foods that has freezer burns, just cut off the burned spots. When it comes to raw foods – cook them, and if the taste and texture seem fine – you can use them.
Your knowledge of freezing foods is not complete without these facts which you may not have known before-
Frozen foods make a lot of sense when there is no languid and leisurely time to cook at all hours like the bygone days of our foremothers. While they perfected the art of cooking, it will help our families a lot if we could just perfect the art of freezing too!
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