Guidelines for refrigerating and freezing home-baked and home-cooked products.
Keep in mind that these are general guidelines only; specific instructions in individual recipes may vary.
Letting your freezer in an organized way will maintain the quality of your food and put meals close at hand. Here's the best way to arrange and pack foods in the freezer. It's essential to pack your food properly before you put it in the freezer. Match the food with the right size freezer container so there's no waste to the air space. And you stack little storage containers so they fit neatly inside the freezer and with small freezers, double check that your containers will fit. Some pizza boxes and containers are too big. Freezer-safe containers and glass jars should be packed within 1/2 inch of the rim to allow for expansion when frozen. Freezer bags should be packed in the [unk]. Squeeze the air out before sealing them to prevent freezer burn. Let hot food cool before sealing the back and stashing it in the freezer. If you pack liquids like soups or stews in a freezer bag place them first by placing them on the cookie sheet. Then stand the flat bags up right in the freezer so they take up less room. Use freezer labels to know the date and contents of every bag and container. Put the label on a spot that will face towards the door when the container is in the freezer. Once the food is packaged, you're ready to load everything into the freezer. Sort items by, storing meat in one area, fruit in another, pasta in another and so on. Keep foods away from the vent in the back wall that will let cold area circulate more freely. Place the freshest food in the back and the older food toward the front that way use the items that have been frozen longest first. The freezer door doesn't get as cold as the interior so save this space for items you'll use up quickly like ice cream, coffee beans and cans of juice concentrate. You can also put cold packs here or anything unlikely to go rancid. Freezers perform best when they are tightly packed. Fill extra room with bags of ice, bottled water or with ice packs for coolers and lunch bags. These items will cut down on a freezer's energy use and they also keep food cool in case of a power failure.