Hints and Tips on Freezing Food

You might be completely clued-up when it comes to selecting and storing food for your freezer but many of us don’t realise the full potential of those three extra drawers beneath our fridge. Whether you’re freezer-savvy or hesitant to freeze, the hints and tips below hope to help you to make the most of your freezer.

Top 5 Tips On Storing Food In Your Freezer

  1. Do not refreeze anything that's already been frozen. Even if you’ve defrosted raw turkey and then cooked it, it’s best to be super safe and avoid re-freezing.
  2. It’s more economical to have a full freezer. The cold air doesn’t need to circulate as much and less power is needed. Plug any gaps with plastic bottles filled with water. Or simply buy some of your favourite Bernard Matthew’s products to fill any slots. Well, we would say that wouldn’t we.
  3. Make sure that you cool foods before you freeze them. Freezing hot food increases the temperature of the freezer and could cause other foods to start defrosting.
  4. If in any doubt, chuck it out. It’s always a good idea to mark dates on your food. If you don’t manage to do this and you’re unsure how long something has been frozen, don’t chance it.
  5. Give your freezer a spring clean every now and then. Icy freezers aren’t as efficient, so as soon as any ice builds up make sure you defrost your freezer. Most things will remain frozen in the fridge for a couple of hours while the freezer defrosts.

It's a Wrap

To avoid freezer burn which happens when air meets frozen foods, put your food in airtight containers. If you’re just freezing food for a short while, plastic bags or cling film is fine. Freezer burn isn’t harmful but it can affect the colour, texture and quality of your food.

Top Tip in an Emergency

There’s been a power cut! Or perhaps your other half has accidentally unplugged the freezer. Oops. You have a freezer full of food, what do you do? Don’t panic. Your food will stay frozen in the freezer for about 24 hours, leaving you time to get to the bottom of the problem. Just remember to keep the door shut.

What Not to Freeze

You can freeze most things, including all of our delicious products and better still, many of our products are already frozen and packaged in freezer-friendly wrapping. However, some foods are better to freeze than others.
Do not freeze…
  • Raw eggs in the shells will expand and crack and cooked eggs go very rubbery
  • Salads and vegetables with a high water content e.g. lettuce, cucumber and radishes
  • Egg-based sauces e.g. mayonnaise
  • Plain yogurt, low fat cream cheese, single cream and cottage cheese go watery
  • Raw vegetables to be used in salads and sandwiches such celery, onions, and sweet peppers lose their crispness and become limp after freezing but will be fine if used in stews and casseroles
  • Creamed cottage cheese becomes grainy
  • Sour cream separates when frozen and thawed