Recently, when I asked for topic ideas, Liz (who blogs about global poverty) suggested I talk about how to stop freezer burn.
C'mon, fess up.
I know you've had to throw out food because of freezer burn. It's okay, we've all done it from time to time. Obviously, throwing away food is not frugal, no matter how cheap it was when it was purchased.
So, have you ever wondered why ice cubes shrink in the freezer?
It's because water ever so slowly sublimates (goes directly from ice to vapor) and then eventually turns to frost inside your freezer. Of course, many fridges are frost-free, but the process still happens. Anyway, as water leaves the ice cubes they slowly shrink.
When water sublimates out of your food, such as frozen meat, vegetables or your favorite chocolate ice cream, the food dries out and suffers freezer burn.
The best way to prevent this is to prevent the food from coming into contact with air while it is in the freezer. Some things to consider include:
- Squeeze the air out of any packaging before sealing it.
- Use thick enough plastic, some seem to "breathe" while in the freezer.
- Freeze long term items, such as a summer fishing catch, in a bag of water.
- Eat the ice cream faster - or buy smaller containers.
Funny thought. How does the government know that the food you put in the freezer was safe to eat in the first place? ;)