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June 11, 2017
How to freeze foods properly!

 

Hello friends! Summer is the perfect time to talk about … the freezer! It helps you preserve your food, it keeps your ice cream nice and frosty, it helps prepare foods which you can cook in no time at all and – of course – to keep the texture and the many “sensitive” (especially those sensitive to heat) nutrients in food unaltered!

Have you ever imagined how many foods you can freeze? And above all, do you know the secrets of freezing and defrosting these foods? If not, this particular diary was written in order to answer all of your questions. If you do know some secrets, you can look at the charts below and freshen up your knowledge or maybe even learn something new!

I’ve concentrated many of the types of foods that you can freeze, along with information and tips about their proper packaging before storing in the freezer and then the proper way to defrost them.

Akis

Doughs, Homemade Sauces, Soups & Stocks

Types of Food

Preservation (18°C/64°F)

How to Pack Food

Defrosting Secrets

Puff Pastry Dough

2 months

Make small “discs” of dough and individually wrap them in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil.

Place in refrigerator overnight, until it defrosts.

Homemade Sauces

3 months

When cool, transfer to resealable food bags or freezer bags and lay flat on a small baking pan and freeze. When the sauce has frozen, remove from baking pan and continue freezing.

Submerge the frozen sauce bag in lukewarm water until it defrosts. Then heat in a saucepan until smoke starts to rise from the sauce.

Soups, Stocks and Boiled Vegetables

3 months

Freeze in freezer bags or specialty Tupperware. If there are pieces of meat or vegetables, make sure they are submerged in sauce, or else the low temperature can cause freezer burn on the meat.

Submerge the frozen sauce bag in lukewarm water until it defrosts. Then heat in a saucepan until smoke starts to rise from the sauce.

Raw Meat

Types of Food

Preservation (18°C/64°F)

How to Pack Food

Defrosting Secrets

Raw Meats such as sausages, bacon and ground meats

3 months

Place in freezer bags or in their own packaging.

Place in refrigerator until defrosted.

Portions of Raw Meats

6 months

Individually wrap each portion in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag.

Place in refrigerator until defrosted.

Fish and Seafood

Types of Food

Preservation (18°C/64°F)

How to Pack Food

Defrosting Secrets

Raw Fish Fillets, Shrimp and Scallops

4 months

Individually wrap each portion in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag.

Place the shrimp and scallops directly into freezer bags, with or without shell.

Place in refrigerator until defrosted.

Cooked Mussels and Crab Meat

2 months

Once cooked, allow them to cool, remove the shells, place in freezer bags and freeze.

Place in refrigerator until defrosted.

Potatoes and Bread

Types of Food

Preservation (18°C/64°F)

How to Pack Food

Defrosting Secrets

Mashed Potatoes and Potatoes Au Gratin

4 months

Once cooked, allow to cool and place the mashed potatoes in cube sized portions in specialized container and the potatoes au gratin in special freezer to oven containers.

Place in refrigerator until defrosted. Then heat in a pot or in the oven.

Baked Potatoes

4 months

Place the baked potatoes on a tray and freeze. Then place in freezer bags and freeze until needed.

 

Remove from freezer, transfer to a baking pan and heat in oven.

Breads

1 month

Place bread in freezer bag or wrap with plastic wrap. Freeze.

 

Defrost at room temperature. A whole loaf will need about 5 hours to defrost. You can wrap the baguette in aluminum foil and then straight into the oven. Pita bread and sandwich bread can be toasted as is.

Fresh Herbs

Types of Food

Preservation (18°C/64°F)

How to Pack Food

Defrosting Secrets

Fresh Herbs

2 months

Once washed and dried, finely chop the thin herbs and place in ice tray. Cover with water and freeze. For thicker herbs with woody stems, place whole in freezer bags and freeze.

Herbs do not need to be defrosted. You can add them to the pan or pot straight from the freezer.

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