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Freezing Tips

  • 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.

    Thawing Tips 

  • 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).

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