1. The right temperature
The best temperature for your freezer and food storage is a maximum of -17 degrees. The lower the better! So put your freezer on the lowest setting and check the temperature with a special thermometer if necessary.
2. Keep your freezer full (but not too full)
A full freezer stays cold better than an empty one. When you open the door, the freezer loses quite a bit of cold. But is your freezer full? Then the content acts as a kind of cooling element, so that your freezer does not have to work as hard to get back up to temperature.
A freezer that is too full does not work well either: the air must be able to circulate in order to stay as cold as possible.
3. Expiry date
The fact that you freeze something (no matter how cold your freezer is) does not mean that it can be stored indefinitely. Therefore, write on trays, packages and bags when you have put them in and check every so often what is no longer good.
4. Pack everything as best you can
Whether you use plastic wrap or freezer bags, try to get as much air out of it as possible and wrap everything as tightly and tightly as possible. Do you use plastic containers? Then fill them to about an inch below the rim, so that the food still has room to expand when it freezes.
5. Small leftovers
A piece of meat, a bit of vegetables or that one leftover dough that you still want to keep: keep all the small packages separately so that your freezer remains organized.
6. What if the power goes out?
As we described earlier, frozen items act as a kind of cooling element. If the power goes out, it is therefore best to keep the freezer closed and when the power is back, take out everything that has thawed. If something is still completely frozen, you can keep it, otherwise you should eat it or throw it away. Are you in doubt? Then throw it away.
While freezing is a useful way to keep products longer, it does not make the ingredients fresher. Therefore, freeze everything as fresh as possible.
It is best to thaw frozen products in the refrigerator. This creates a minimal chance of the growth of bacteria.
Some foods, such as hamburgers, cookies (dough) and strawberries, quickly become a big lump in the freezer, making it difficult to reach a single portion. Therefore, freeze separate portions. Take them out after a few hours and then store in a push-to-seal bag or container. This way you can always get exactly what you need.
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