I was digging through my freezer the other day and found an old bag of frozen broccoli. I don’t remember when I purchased it, but it was likely part of the great Whole 30 paleo debacle of 2015.
Sure, I fell for the myth that cutting flour out of my diet would change my life. But I’m not going to fall for these freezer myths.
Myth 1 - Food in the freezer lasts forever
I often think of my freezer as a magical place where food lasts forever. I couldn’t be more wrong. Items in your fridge’s tundra still go bad over time, even if you use a fancy vacuum sealer. For instance, those Thanksgiving leftovers you stashed in there will be good for 2-3 months, so make sure and eat them soon after the New Year. Bacon lasts one month (not that bacon would ever go uneaten that long), ground beef will stay fresh for 3-4 months, and frozen veggies are good for about 8 months. Here’s a great link with a complete guide for how long things last in the freezer.
Myth 2 – Packaging isn’t that important when freezing things
If you want to avoid freezer burn, take an extra minute to make sure you’re wrapping it right. Ina Garten, better known as the Barefoot Contessa, recommends first wrapping food in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil, always making sure to label each item with the name and date. Ina’s rule of thumb is to never keep anything frozen longer than six months. When it’s time to defrost, the Barefoot Contessa recommends putting the food in the fridge overnight so it can defrost slowly and evenly. How easy is that?
Myth 3 – You can’t freeze cheese
Turns out, you can freeze your curds. But, it might change its texture. If you’re freezing cheese that you’ll use for cooking into sauces, soups and casseroles, the National Dairy Council is all for it. Just make sure to use it within six months.
Myth 4 – If the power goes out, you have to immediately throw away everything in your freezer
Actually, food in a full freezer will stay good for up to 48 hours or for up to 24 hours if the freezer is half full. When the power comes back on, check the temperature inside your freezer and inspect each item separately, making sure to throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture. The same rules apply for if your appliance breaks down. If this happens, then rest assured that our Service Guard technicians are ready to help as quickly as possible to repair your appliance and save your frozen goodies. Get peace of mind and sign up today.