It is in your best interest to do what you can to prevent or get rid of freezer burn. That way, you can keep your food for as long as possible after purchasing it, hunting it, or harvesting it.
Then what you do with the stored food is up to you. In any case, you should be able to learn something from the following article sections.
Why Freeze Food?
Food often is placed in the freezer to help keep it for longer times without addition of preservatives or additives. Sometimes all that is needed is a partial cooking process (usually referred to as blanching).
One advantage of freezing is that it kills bacteria that cause foods to spoil quicker. It also helps prevent the kinds of pathogens that allow e.coli, botulism, or other food poisons to grow.
About Freezer Burn
When food is said to be “freezer burnt” usually it is because the food is discolored in some way. Usually the cause of the discoloration is formation of ice crystals due to condensation. Usually this has eroded the food.
Freezer burnt foods are still safe to eat. However, the taste of the food is usually not that great and quality of the food is not that high. Therefore, you should find a way to prevent freezer burn if you can. At the very least you may be looking for a way to prolong this process.
Freezer Burn Prevention
Freezer burn can be prevented in a number of ways. You should try to use as many of these methods of frozen food preservation as possible.
Here are some preventative tips:
- You should pack your food as air tight as possible. This will stop air from entering your food, thus reduced chance of water condensation also would occur. Plastic zip lock bags and plastic containers would help.
- Set your freezer on as cold of a setting as possible. This will ensure maximum preservation time of your food. This should allow you to keep your food for longer times.
- Let food cool down before freezing it. This is especially important if your food is just being cooked. You should allow the food to cool as close to room temperature as possible because it will keep the freezer cold. It will also prevent bacterial buildup.
- Keep some “breathing room” inside your freezer. Make sure there is enough space on the top and sides of the freezer. This will help provide air circulation and it will also keep the temperature inside the freezer as stable as possible. You can measure space about as wide as your hand all the way around.
- Rotate your food. For most frozen foods about three to six months of rotation time is recommended. This will drastically reduce chance of freezer burn. It also ensures maximum freshness when time to eat the food.
You may run across other tips to help you preserve your frozen foods for longer times. Use whatever you think is best and whatever you think applies to your situation.