The freezer is perhaps one the most useful kitchen appliances that anyone owns (thanks very much Oliver Evans for inventing it) Thanks to the freezer families can bulk shop, saving both money and time and can even make meals ahead and freeze them so that even the busiest people can still enjoy a great weeknight dinner rather than having to fall back on fast food because they are pressed for time.
Although for the most part making great use of a freezer is easy there are some things that you should know about freezer and frozen food safety to ensure that everything that comes out of your freezer is in the best condition and of the highest quality possible. Here, thanks to BBC Good Food are some great tips for getting the most out of your freezer:
The simple fact is that you can safely freeze almost anything, but there are a few exceptions. Eggs are not a good choice. If they are raw eggs the shells will crack making the eggs unfit for human consumption and if they are cooked they have a tendency to go rubbery. Mayonnaise based foods will not freeze well either as it will separate and curdle and the same is true of soft cheeses and yogurts as well. High water content veggies such as lettuces and cucumbers will become very limp if you attempt to freeze them so they are not a good candidate for freezing either.
Even the most expensive freezer models can go wrong and there are of course also always power cuts that can make life difficult as well. The dilemma many people face is just what they should do with food in a freezer when the freezer is not working. As long as you keep the freezer door shut most food will remain sufficiently frozen to be just fine for 24 hours, giving you time to make other arrangements. Any longer than that though and sadly you probably should put it all in the bin, however painful that might be.