What To Do With Freezer Burnt Food?

Aug 14, 2014
Christina Cherrier

how to avoid freezer burnFreezer burn is caused when water is pulled to the surface of food to form ice crystals, which causes the rest of the food to become dehydrated and affects the taste of food. Freezer burn is not a food safety risk but when in doubt, throw it out.  However, if you feel comfortable enough using your food, aim towards dishes that will have the ingredient mixed up with other things, like soups or casseroles. For instance, freezer burnt veggies will be dry, so they will need added moisture.  You certainly can’t save a dried up chicken, but you can hide the dryness with other flavors and textures; just like in spicy soups or stews. To prevent freezer burn, make sure to avoid putting hot food in the freezer, and don’t squeeze in too much in your freezer at once.

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