5 freezer myth busters

It’s time to get our Freezer Facts right. The Festive Freeze myth busters are here to set things straight!

1. Myth: Frozen foods are less nutritious
Not true. Frozen fruit and veg tend to be picked and frozen at the time of their peak ripeness – also their peak nutritional levels. Nutrient levels in frozen produce do inevitably decrease over many months, but overall they sure give fresh produce a run for its money.

2. Myth: Freezers are expensive to run
Well, not as expensive as a fridge!  Together they contribute to 11% of your yearly electricity consumption, with 7% of that taken up by the fridge. Running costs depend upon how full the freezer is kept, its location, energy efficiency, frost levels and how often the door is opened. The difference in yearly running costs between an A++ grade freezer and a C grade freezer is around £200.

3. Myth: Freezing food reduces its quality
Not if you do it right. Air coupled with moisture is the enemy of frozen food; ice crystals are the tale-telling sign of freezer burn. Extracting air from packs, using tupperware to seal the deal and reducing the surface area exposed will see your goods through their hibernation. Smalls foods with large surface areas are most affected.

4. Myth: There are lots of things that you can’t freeze
Most things are easily frozen, bar strong liquor. There are a few others to avoid: fine vegetables practically disintegrate, whilst frozen creams are prone to curdle whilst thawing. Freezing canned foods, fizzy drinks and eggs in their shells is a no and coffee has a tendency to absorb freezer smells as its oils break down in the process. As for the rest? Full freeze ahead!

5. Myth:
 You can't refreeze frozen food 

Refreezing food isn’t dangerous, the danger is that food can spoil before it’s been refrozen. Freezing food does not kill bacteria, it just ‘freezes’ its action, so to speak. So, once thawed bacteria continues to multiply at the same rate it was multiplying at before being frozen.

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