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Freezer food: how can I ensure that it stays fresh and is safe?

Keep your food safe and fresh by knowing the proper ways to store foods in the freezer.

Temperature
•    Your freezer should be kept between -18 and -13 degrees Celsius.
•    To maintain temperature, do not place warm foods in the freezer. Let them cool first.
•    Divide large quantities of foods into smaller containers.
•    Separate meats into packages that are 4-7cm (2–3) inches thick.

Wrapping foods
•    To prevent freezer burn use wrapping or plastic bags that are meant for freezer use.
•    When freezing bread, place the original package in a freezer bag.
•    For casseroles, cooked vegetables, and soups use freezer containers that have a tight seal.
•    When wrapping meats use freezer safe plastic wrap and heavy duty aluminum foil or freezer paper.

Freezer placement
•    The coldest part of the freezer is the rear of the center or lower shelf. This is where you should place meats and leftovers.
•    The door storage is best for small items such as frozen vegetables and juices.
•    Do not stack packages or containers until they are frozen.

Storage time
•    Label all packages and containers with the content and the date. It’s very easy to forget how long ago you put that meatloaf in the freezer.
•    Meats will generally last one to three months in the freezer.
•    Casseroles or mixed dishes that contain meat, sauce, vegetables, etc., will last about three months.
•    Breads if properly wrapped are god for three to six months.

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