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Freezing refers to storing a food at a low temperature in order to preserve it. Freezing a liquid means to turn it to a solid due to extreme cold.

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Difficulty to learn: Easy

Some Thoughts For You:

Freezing a food can be a great way to prolong its lifespan, especially if the freshness of the food tends to hover on the shorter side. While it is not recommended that you freeze all foods, most foods will freeze just fine.

Some quintessential foods to consider freezing are: meats, bread, butter, soups, and leftovers you do not plan on eating for a while.

What You Will Need:

All you need to freeze foods is a properly cold storage area. The recommended temperature is below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Monitor the temperature of the freezer as necessary.

You might want to consider picking up some freezer plastic bags from the store, since your food items can get jostled about in the freezer. Freezer bags are made of slightly thicker plastic, thus avoiding rips and tears.

Tips For You:

  • The recommended time you should freeze foods differs depending on what food it is. Check online for the recommended maximum freeze time for your particular food.
  • Never defrost and then refreeze a food. This allows for bacteria and other germs to enter your food.
  • Do not freeze fresh vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers. Additionally, try not to freeze eggs since they can expand (thus breaking out of their shell).

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