So you have found a great price on an item, and decided to stock up.` How much should you buy?` Can you freeze it?` Will it turn out good?` That was a question that arose on The Coupon “High” Facebook page this past week in regards to Oscar Mayer Carved Deli Lunch Meat that was part of a On Your Next Order deal and had peelie coupons on each item.
Well I did a bit of research and have found out that it most cases it is safe to freeze foods.` There are two exceptions: Canned items in the can and Whole Eggs in the shell.
There are also foods that you won’t want to freeze based on quality not safety.` These include:
- Salad greens and crisp raw vegetables — they will be limp after freezing
- Creamed Cottage Cheese — will change texture and become grainy
- Sour Cream — will seperate when frozen and thawed, and based on Facebook discussion, yogurt does the same thing
- Whipping Cream — will not whip after freezing
- Potatoes — become mushy if frozen raw, and watery and tough if boiled then frozen
So how long can you freeze things before sacrificing quality?` The FDA Food Safety and Inspection service has come up with the following recommendations:
The most important part of this chart in my opinion is the note that says Frozen Food remains Safe Indefinitely.` I can tell you I have used Bacon and Hot Dogs that have been frozen for over 2 months and they have been fine.
If you are freezing food for a short time, plastic bags, wraps or original packaging are adequate.` However, if you plan on it being longer, use special wrappings such as heavy-duty aluminum foil, special plastic freezer bags or wrap, or heavy duty plastic containers.` This will decrease the chance of “freezer burn.”
My husband insists that if there is` “Freezer Burn” the food` must no longer be good and we could get sick.` This isn’t the case.` It is not harmful to you, but will affect the food’s texture and color.
For more helpful storage tips check out The Former Fat Guy’s Ultimate Guide to Freezing Food.` It is filled with a lot of useful tips.
So go stock up when it’s free or cheap and freeze away.` It will definitely save in the long run.
What about you, what is your favorite thing to freeze or what have you found should not be frozen?` Share it with us in the comments or over at The Coupon “High” on Facebook.