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FREEZING FOODS. Why freeze food?. Freezing preserves foods by preventing harmful bacteria from growing If frozen correctly, foods will keep most of their nutrients, color, texture and flavor. Hints for freezing. Cool ingredients before packing Allow extra space at the top when packing

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Freezing foods

FREEZING FOODS


Why freeze food

Why freeze food?

  • Freezing preserves foods by preventing harmful bacteria from growing

  • If frozen correctly, foods will keep most of their nutrients, color, texture and flavor


Hints for freezing

Hints for freezing

  • Cool ingredientsbefore packing

  • Allow extra space at the top when packing

  • Pack foods close together with as little air as possible

  • Seal containers well

  • Label packages with contents and date

  • Freeze at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower


Containers for freezing

Containers for freezing

Good freezer containers are:

  • Water resistant

  • Leak-proof

  • Strong and durable

  • Easy to label and seal

    Meats may be frozen in their supermarket package or rewrapped for longer storage times


Freezing fruits

Freezing fruits

  • Gather materials

  • Wash fruits in a cold water bath and dry

  • Do not soak fruit

  • Cut fruit into smaller pieces

  • Prepare only a small amount of fruit (about 2 quarts) at a time

  • Select a packing method according to recipe


Packing methods

Packing methods

  • Syrup pack

    • Dessert use

  • Sugar pack

    • For fruits that produce syrup

      on their own

  • Dry pack or unsweetened pack

    • Good for cooked fruit

      Check recipe to determine

      which packing method to use


Freezing vegetables

Freezing vegetables

  • Use fresh, ripe vegetables

  • Wash before use in cold water

  • Sort or cut vegetables to same size for heating and packing

  • Blanch before packaging


Blanching

Blanching

  • Slows or stops vegetables from ripening

  • Helps preserve flavor, color, and nutritional value while frozen

  • Usually done in boiling water

  • Heating time varies with type of vegetable Follow recipe


Thawing frozen foods safely

Thawing frozen foods safely

  • In the refrigerator

  • In cold, running water

  • In the microwave

    After thawing, refrigerate food or cook immediately


Storage of frozen foods

Storage of frozen foods


Foods that do not freeze well

Foods that do not freeze well

Vegetables

  • Cabbage

  • Celery

  • Lettuce

  • Parsley

  • Radishes

  • Potatoes (or other high-starch vegetables)

    Fruits

  • Pears

Foods with eggs or milk

  • Shell eggs or cooked egg whites

  • Meringue or icings made with egg whites

  • Milk sauces

  • Sour cream

    Other

  • Cheese or crumb toppings

  • Mayonnaise or salad dressings

  • Gelatin

  • Most fried foods


For more information

For more information. . .

Your County Cooperative Extension Office has:

  • More information on safe techniques for freezing

  • Answers to questions about food preservation

    Educational programs of Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people

    regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.


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