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Freezing guidelines

Choose good-quality fresh food
Chill before
Use fast freeze section
Open-freeze food likely to stick together
Freeze in useable quantities
Allow air circulation between packages
Label clearly, date when frozen, some only freeze for certain time.


Unsuitable for freezing

Veg with high water content, cucumber
Bananas, avocados blacken
Milk, cream, mayonnaise fat & water separate
Whole eggs - crack, can be frozen separately


Packaging foods for freezing

Moisture-proof, vapour-proof
Remove as much air as possible
Allow headspace
Label clearly


Freezer packaging

Polythene freezer bags
Waves cartons, plastic bozes, aluminium containers


Freezing vegetables

Prep veg for cooking
Blanch veg for rec. time in boiling water. Chill in iced water
Open-freeze that stick together eg peas
In freezer bags & remove air.
Seal & label.


Blanching times for vegetables

1 min - peas
3 mins - cauliflower florets, celery, parsnips, turnops, French beans, broad beans, broccoli
4 mins - onions, sprouts, carrots



Putting food in boiling water for short time to full enzymes. Plunge into cold water. Dry then freeze.


Freezing breads, cakes, pastries

Use breads & scones within one month of freezing.


Freezing meat

Separate burgers, chops.
Steak using waves paper.


Quick freezing

Forms very small ice crystals in food, help to keep food firm when thaws.


Slow freezing

Forms large crystals When thawed, food becomes soft, nutrients lost.


Blast freezing

Carried out commercially at temp -30C. Best method because cel walls not damaged.


Buying frozen food

Food frozen solid
Packaging properly sealed not damaged


Throwing frozen food

Follow instruc. for thawing on label.
Thaw overnight in fridge. Thaw thoroughly, esp meat & poultry.
Only defrost in microwave if intended to cook food immediately after thawed.
Do not refreeze thawed food unless cooked thoroughly first.


Advantages of using freezer

Food bought in bulk & stored.
Saves money.
Food available out of season
Retains colour, flavour, texture, most nutrients
Leftovers can be frozen, used later, saves money
Freezing home-grown produce saves money


Freezing - why is it done?

Reduces temp, micro-organisms inactivated & cannot grow (-18C to -30C)

Changes water in food to ice, micro-organisms cannot grow w/o moisture (water)