Follow these basic guidelines to ensure the best flavor, texture, aroma, and overall enjoyment from the food you store. To make sure your freezer and refrigerator maintain the proper temperatures for safe food storage, use refrigerator and freezer thermometers.
These foods lose flavor, texture, or overall quality when frozen:
Whether you are preparing hot food for storage in the refrigerator or in the freezer, it is essential to cool the food quickly for two reasons. First, speed decreases the chance for harmful bacteria to grow, keeping your food safe to eat. Second, if you're freezing food, it allows the food to freeze faster, preventing the formation of large ice crystals that may ruin the flavor and texture of foods. For quick cooling follow these guidelines: