- Keep freezer temperatures at 0°F (-18°C) or below.
- The maximum freezer temperature should be 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Date all foods when putting them in the freezer.
- Date food packages with an expiration date according to maximum storage time recommended.
- If you store food in the freezer longer than the recommended time, the textures and flavors will begin to deteriorate.
- Use heavy-duty foil, moisture- and vapor-proof plastic bags and wraps, freezer wrap or freezer containers.
- Freeze home frozen foods in the coldest part of freezer.
- Never put hot or warm food in a freezer.
- Do not overcrowd your freezer compartment shelves. Cold air must be able to circulate freely throughout the freezer compartment to keep food properly frozen.
- Food expands when it is frozen. Allow for ½ inch headspace in all containers.
- Do not refreeze foods that have been thawed.
If the power has gone out in your home:
- Do not open the freezer door.
- Food will stay frozen about 2 days if the freezer is full and about 1 day if the freezer is half full.
- When in doubt, throw it out. Since most harmful bacteria can’t be seen, smelled or tasted, smelling or tasting the food is not a good indicator of safety.
- For best results thaw in refrigerator.
- For quick thawing
- Do not thaw food on your countertop.
- Immerse product in leak proof packaging in cold water (change water; every 2 hours).