Freezing is the best way to keep fresh foods long lasting but there is constant concern regarding the safety of freezer burned foods. Freezer burn commonly happens to food items that are not stored appropriately. So, yes it can be avoided. But when it does happen, here's what food safety experts say you should do.
The storage of perishable food items is essential, whether it's for an average home or a food business. The most efficient storage method approved by food safety experts is freezing as it keeps foods at extremely low temperatures that prevents microbial growth, keeping the food long-lasting and safe for eating.
But did you know that your food can suffer a freezer burn if it is stored inappropriately? Here's everything you need to know about freezer burn and its impact on food items:
Freezer burns occur when water molecules within a food item form ice crystals that gradually move from the food item to the coldest part of the freezer, which is usually the side of the freezer. This loss leaves the food item dehydrated, resulting in the undesirable freezer burn.
Some causes of freezer burns are:
There is constant controversy around possible health hazards that may arise from eating freezer burned foods but health experts say there is no need to worry. Freezer burned foods are safe to eat but they must have lower quality.
So, don't be surprised to find that your freezer burned chicken has poor texture and taste when compared to that fresh off the market.
Here are some visual clues to look out for to know when food from the freezer is freezer burned:
WARNING: to be on the safer side, discard thawed food if: