What is Freezer Burn?
Freezer burn is actually the dehydration of your food product in its freezer packaging. Water molecules migrate from the inside of your food products to the outside, typically where the product is poorly wrapped.
Can you eat food with freezer burn?
Food with freezer burn can be consumed however, the texture and taste may have been altered by the freezer burn.
Can freezer burn make you sick?
You won’t get sick from the freezer burn. Always make sure to thaw and reheat your foods properly to maintain good food safety. For more information on thawing and reheating, visit our webpage.
How do I get rid of freezer burn?
While you can’t get rid of freezer burn, you can prevent it! See our tips below on preventing freezer burn.
How long does it take for freezer burn?
How long freezer burn takes to set into your foods depends on two things:
- What type of food are you freezing? Check out this Refrigerator & Freezer Storage Chart from the USDA for specifics.
- How well you package your food for the freezer. Keep in mind that not all storage products hold up to freezing well, look for freezer-grade storage products.
For more tips on freezing foods, freezer management, and packaging recommendations visit our page that will set you up for freezer success!
How can I prevent freezer burn?
- Wrap foods in a heavy freezer-grade paper, plastic wrap, freezer bags, or foil.
- Date all freezer packages and use the oldest food first
- Move older items towards the front of the freezer so they are used first.
- Check that your freezer is maintaining proper temperatures of 0 degrees F. Temperature fluctuations can accelerate freezer burn.
For more tips on safely storing food in the refrigerator or in the pantry or on countertops, visit our page on safely storing food.
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