What’s the deal with freezer burn?

By Phoebe McCreath |

I Quit Sugar - What's the deal with freezer burn?

If you’re making meatloaf this Monday or prepping for Taco Tuesday, you’re bound to be pulling meat from your freezer…

But, if you open the door to discover it’s covered in ice, it’s likely you’ve got a case of freezer burn on your hands.

At IQS, we love using our freezer to its capacity – in fact, we’d go as far to say as it’s the best way of storing your food and making meals FAST! But, can you eat food that’s had freezer burn?

Freezer burn occurs when moisture from the food evaporates.

Put simply, it’s just moisture loss. The good news is, freezer burn isn’t harmful, in fact, it’s totally safe to eat and it won’t cause you any trouble. The downside is that sometimes it makes your food a little dry (due to the loss of moisture) and this can affect the taste.

To combat freezer burn, make sure your food is packaged in freezer-friendly containers – glass is great and it’s sustainable too!

In saying that, if you leave your food in the freezer a little too long, it can go off. Here are some guidelines from Food Safety as to how long that frozen meat should be stored for…

  • Bacon and cured meats: 1–2 months
  • Minced meat: 3–4 months
  • Fresh beef, veal, lamb and pork: 4–12 months (depending on the cut)
  • Fresh poultry: 9–12 months (depending on the cut)
  • Any leftover meat that’s been cooked and frozen, will only last 1–6 months.

Check out our 7-Day Reboot for easy ways to meal prep and make the most of your freezer space!

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