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5 Hacks For Storing Food In The Freezer

5 Hacks For Storing Food In The Freezer



lessed is the individual who invented refrigerators. Imagine always having to run to the grocery store every time your stomach rumbles because you didn’t have anyway of storing the groceries you purchased the last time. Well, thank God for those food preservers called the refrigerators/freezers. 

Storing food in the freezer cuts back on wastage and during this Covid-19 pandemic, it’s advisable to always have food in bulk in case of another unplanned lockdown. That is to say that in today’s world, freezing your food is a bit of a compulsory lifestyle. This will not only prepare you for any unforeseen contingencies, but also to increase the shelf life of your food. 

Well then, now we have that covered, let’s dive into creative and practical ways of storing food in the freezer. From vegetables to protein and everything in between, this curation will provide the much needed food storage knowledge you need to keep your foods fresher for longer. 

Check out 5 practical tips of storing food in the freezer to maintain freshness and prevent an “icy-tuation”…

1. Blanch vegetables first before storing in the freezer

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Have you ever put vegetables in the freezer only to find that they end up looking lifeless? Certainly we all have. This is because the vegies weren’t blanched first. To get this done, throw your vegetables or fruits into boiling water for about 2 minutes. Then proceed to deep them into iced water, otherwise, place under cold running water. This will halt the cooking process. After this, pat veggies dry and leave to cool off. Now it’s freezer ready. Blanching prevents oxidization and that annoying brown color that it brings.

2. Use containers for storing food in the freezer

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After cooking that yummy soup or stew, don’t get tempted to throw them into one big container. Firstly, allow to cool off after which you put them into small containers and freeze. This would help reheating just the amount you need as opposed to defrosting the full soup/stew, taking a portion, and then putting back in the freezer. Refreezing after thawing is a bad idea.

3. Label appropriately before storing in the freezer

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It is true that storing your food in the freezer makes it last longer, notwithstanding, everything has an expiration date. It’s usually convenient to pick up the nearest food we can reach and abandon the ones at the base of the freezer. Rather than do this, use a permanent marker to label the food name and expiring date in. Also, randomly do a routine check to see the foods that have been in the freezer the longest then plan your meals around them. This helps you get practical and intentional with food consumption.

4. Avoid thin storage bags

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Using freezer bags or microwaveable plastic plates in contrast to regular plastic bags keep the food fresher and slows down thawing time. The plastic plate is the best bet if you want to microwave food immediately. Finally, do note that you shouldn’t cook food when still in the freezer bags.

5. ‌Store raw meat at the bottom

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When storing food in the freezer, it is advised to put raw meat, fish, and seafood at the lower part of the freezer–which is also the coldest. This avoids liquid from the meat dripping on other foods in the freezer.

If storing food in the freezer is done right, it makes your cooking and eating a lot easier. Indeed, you get to enjoy your fresh foods for longer.

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