Have you ever gone into your freezer to get something yummy, and there were ice crystals all over it? Most likely, it is freezer burn on your food. Freezer burn is a pretty common problem in a freezer. Ever wonder what causes freezer burn and how you can prevent it in the future?
Freezing food allows us the benefit of saving money, preparing meals in advance, etc. But, the downside of freezing foods is the potential for freezer burn. Freezer burn shows up as ice crystals, white splotches, and dry areas, which make the food tough and no flavor. If your freezer is not keeping a consistent 0 degree temperature, items may start to thaw, or harmful bacteria could begin growing. It will definitely ruin a meal that cannot be undone.
Freezer burn happens when your freezer temperature is inconsistent. If the freezer temperature rises, the thawing process starts happening. Then, if the temperature drops again and refreezes, it causes ice crystals to form around the food, which we call freezer burn. It is essentially dehydration of the food in your freezer.
There are several ways that freezer burn can be prevented.
Have you ever wondered how long it is safe to keep items in your freezer? Here are the guidelines from the USDA on how long it is safe to keep items in your freezer.
Bacon and Sausage – 1 to 2 months
Casseroles – 2 to 3 months
Egg Whites or Egg Substitutes – 12 months
Frozen Entrees and Dinners – 3 to 4 months
Gravy, Meat or Poultry – 2 to 3 months
Lunchmeats, Ham, and Hotdogs – 1 to 2 months
Meat, uncooked roasts, steaks or chops – 4 to 12 months
Meat, uncooked ground – 3 to 4 months
Meat, cooked – 2 to 3 months
Poultry, uncooked whole – 12 months
Poultry, uncooked parts – 9 months
Poultry, uncooked giblets – 3 to 4 months
Poultry, cooked whole – 4 months
Soups and Stews – 4 months
Wild game, uncooked – 8 to 12 months
If you are having trouble with frozen foods going bad, give us a call.
Repair or Service
If your appliance is not working at peak performance, a repair might be required or at least a service check. Make sure to call an experienced quality appliance and repair specialist who will restore it to top condition.
Gulf Coast Appliance Repair is the local appliance repair company that you can count on. For 10+ years, our family-owned business has been serving customers in Pinellas County. We specialize in repairing appliances, including refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, and much more. Call our appliance and repair service at 727-510-3524; email us to get the job done or to schedule your appointment.