Mar 4, 2010

Shelf Life of Frozen Foods

Most of us love the convenience of frozen foods, and I personally prefer them to canned if frozen properly, as they have not been put through a heating process that will destroy all of the nutrients in them. 

But how long can foods be kept in the freezer safely? There are general guidelines, but they are affected by how often you use your freezer...for example, I've had an old industrial strength freezer for years, a storage freezer that I stock with items on sale each time I shop...including meats, breads, grain products, legumes, extra boxes of pasta, anything that might spoil or be infested by insects if kept in the cabinets to long. I don't open the door very often, so the temperature is rather steady and the food will be fine for much longer periods of time. 

The freezer above our refrigerator that my husband and son open and close constantly, looking for snacks, and that I use more frequently for meal preparation is a different story, the temperature is constantly going up and down. Obviously these foods will not last as long.

Rather than re-invent the wheel so to speak, I'd like to share a link to a site that had a wonderful chart, keeping the above information that I've shared in mind while viewing the chart will be helpful...so click to visit the food storage chart.

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