Refrigerate and Freeze
Cold temperatures slow the rate of food spoilage. Freezing extends the shelf life of food for up to a year and retains much of the flavor and nutritive value.
Our first tip on refrigerators and freezers is to make sure they are keeping your products cold enough. Use a refrigerator/freezer thermometer--it is printed with the correct cold zones for both. Refrigerators should be no warmer than 40º F. Freezers should be 0º F or less. Food storage life drops quickly at warmer temperatures.
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- How to Freeze - the complete list
- Blanching for Vegetables - before you freeze
- Food Storage for Safety and Quality
- Storing Food for Safety and Quality (PDF)
- What to do if the Freezer Stops (PDF)
More! download recipes and handouts from our Wednesday evening demos.