Freezing Food: Tips From the Pros

Invest in a vacuum sealer. Removing air from freezer bags prevents freezer burn and keeps food tasting fresher for longer. It also saves space.

Use the process known as I.Q.F., which stands for Individually Quick Frozen. Many foods (tomatoes, berries, peas) will benefit if you initially freeze them separated and spread out on a sheet pan, then bag them once they’re frozen, rather than bagging them before freezing.

The faster you freeze foods after you buy or pick them, the better they’ll taste.

Keep your freezer as cold as possible.

Don’t rush the defrosting process: Let the produce thaw naturally and slowly, without using microwaves or hot water. Some produce will leach water as it defrosts, which in many cases you’ll want to keep for flavor.

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