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Freezing Tips and Tricks

Freezing is a good way to keep foods fresh. It also makes it easy to keep plenty of meals and snack options on hand.

Following are a few tips and tricks to properly prepare your food and freezer for best performance.

Check the Temperature

The idea setting for your freezer is 0 degrees.

Let It Breathe

Keep ample space on the sides and top of the freezer. This allowed air to circulate and for heat to escape.

Arrange Based on Usage

Keep long-term storage items in the coldest section (typically the top shelf of an upright freezer).

Rotate your food on a first-in first-out basis (if you have multiples of the same item).

Conserve Energy

Filling empty spaces in your freezer with frozen water can help keep your freezer at a more even temperature — without using additional energy to do it. A convenient method is to fill a two-liter bottle 4/5 of the way to the top, cap it securely, then put it inside to freeze. Then just leave it there.

Power Out? Keep It Closed

In the event of a power outage, keep the freezer closed. This will allow frozen items to retain their cool temperature and remain frozen as long as possible.

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     noun. Slang.  A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet.