Freezing Food and Freezer Care

Cooking Frozen Foods

Most foods can be cooked or reheated from their frozen state. However, it will take approximately one and a half times the usual cooking time. 
USDA Fact Sheets "Safe Food Handling"

How To Defrost Frozen Foods

Never defrost foods on a kitchen counter. There are three safe ways to defrost food: in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave.

How To Freeze Foods: The Quicker The Better

Freeze food as quickly as possible to prevent bacterial growth and protect quality.   Smaller quantities of food freeze faster than larger ones. Therefore, divide large portions  into smaller ones. Do not stack one item on top of one another until after they are frozen solid. Instead, place the foods to be frozen side by side. If your home freezer has a "quick-freeze" shelf, use it.

What You Can Freeze And What You Can't--Or Shouldn't

You can freeze almost any food. Notable exceptions include food in cans or eggs in shells. Other foods simply don't freeze well. Examples include mayonnaise, cream sauces, and lettuce. Raw meat maintains its quality longer than its cooked counterpart because meats lose moisture during cooking.



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