What kind of packaging materials should be used for freezing? Can aluminum foil be used as a freezer wrap? Is wax paper a suitable freezer wrap? Can bread wrappers be used for freezing? Can zip-type bags be used for freezing? Can milk or cottage cheese cartons be used for freezing foods? Can glass jars be used for freezing?
Is it safe to freeze fruits without sugar? Can artificial sweeteners be used in place of sugar for freezing fruits? How do you prevent fruit from turning brown during freezing? Why are frozen fruits sometimes soft when thawed?
What is blanching? Is it recommended to blanch vegetables before freezing? How do you blanch vegetables? Why is it necessary to cool vegetables after blanching? What causes frost or ice crystals to appear on the surface of frozen vegetables such as broccoli? Can I blanch in my microwave oven? Can vegetables be fully cooked before freezing? Does it matter how long vegetables are blanched? Are frozen vegetables safe to eat if they are not blanched? How can you prevent corn-on-the-cob from tasting "cobby"? Should frozen vegetables be thawed before cooking? Is it necessary to wash peas and lima beans before shelling?
Is it necessary to thaw meat or fish before cooking? Can meat and poultry be thawed in the conventional oven? Why is it important to chill meat or poultry before freezing? Can stuffed turkey be frozen?
Is it necessary to leave headspace in packages to be frozen? With the exception of vegetables that pack loosely, such as broccoli and asparagus, leave adequate headspace between packed food and closure. This allows for expansion of food as it freezes.
How long will food remain frozen if the power goes off? Foods stay frozen longer if the freezer remains unopened, is full, is in a cool place and is well insulated. Usually food in a loaded freezer will stay frozen for two to four days, depending on its size. A half-filled freezer will keep food frozen only about 24 hours. Cover the freezer with blankets, keeping them away from the compressor, to help hold the cold.
What is freezer burn? It is dehydration or drying that occurs on the surface of a frozen product if it is improperly wrapped. The food is safe to eat but poorer quality. To prevent freezer burn, the package must be free of air and sealed airtight.
Does freezing improve the quality of food? Freezing does not improve the quality of the product. Frozen food is only as good as the quality of the fresh food. So, select only high quality products at optimum maturity and freshness.
How much food can be frozen at one time? Add only the amount that will freeze within 24 hours, which is usually two or three pounds of food per cubic foot of storage space. Overloading slows down the freezing rate. Also, foods that freeze too slowly may lose quality.
Will food spoil if it is stays frozen longer than the recommended storage time? No. The recommended storage time is the time in which food should be used to insure maximum quality. Food stored longer than recommended time is safe but flavor, color and texture will continue to deteriorate.
Will it pay to buy a freezer? A freezer is usually more of a convenience than a saving. To make the best use of it, (1) keep the freezer full, (2) use and replace the food, do not just store it, and (3) use older food first.
Is a chest or upright freezer best? This depends on personal preference as well as available floor space. Generally speaking, the upright freezer is easier to organize and takes up less floor space. Chest freezers, however, are usually more economical to operate.
Can aluminum foil be used as a freezer wrap? Heavy duty aluminum foil can be used as a freezer wrap. Because it can be torn or punctured easily it is wise to use an overwrap. Light weight (household) aluminum foil is not satisfactory for home freezing.
Is wax paper a suitable freezer wrap? No. Wax paper is not moisture-vapor resistant.
Can bread wrappers be used for freezing? No. Bread wrappers are not sufficiently moisture-vapor resistant to be used for freezing. A freezer-weight polyethylene bag should be used.
Can zip-type bags be used for freezing? Yes, if they have been designed for and their box marked for freezer use.
Can milk or cottage cheese cartons be used for freezing foods? Cardboard cartons for cottage cheese, ice cream or milk are not sufficiently moisture-vapor resistant to be suitable for long term freezer storage.
Can artificial sweeteners be used in place of sugar for freezing fruits? Sugar substitutes can be used in place of sugar. Labels on the products give the equivalents to a standard amount of sugar. Follow the directions to determine the amount of sweetener needed.
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