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How Long Can You Freeze Food For Before It Goes Bad?

I think the world comes down to 2 types of people – Those who freeze food, meat etc and those who don’t. I am a freezer-er for sure – Frozen berries for convenience, I freeze bread because I eat it occasionally but I also freeze because I cook for 6 people when in fact most of the time I only need to feed myself (how does someone cook lasagne for one?!) therefore I freeze…a lot. Digging deep into the freezer the other day I realised I have a frozen turkey (un-cooked) from Christmas, nearly 5 months, and I thought, “can I cook / can I eat this?!” After some investigation I found safely freezing food can vary a lot so here’s the 411 on freezer food and hopefully to prevent any form of self inflicted salmonella.

How long do frozen foods last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions.

  1. Freeze your food in freezer-quality containers or freezer bags to keep moisture off of your food.
  2. Leave a small amount of space at the top of your container to allow your food to expand as it freezes. …
  3. When using freezer bags, squeeze as much air as you can out of the bags as possible.

Berries

About 12 months.. Properly stored, frozen mixed berries will maintain best quality for about 12 months in the freezer, although they will usually remain safe to eat after that.

Bananas

2-4 months – Peeled bananas can last for roughly three to four months, while unpeeled bananas usually last for about two months just remember to thaw before peeling bananas.

Fresh Meat

3-12 months..uncooked meat has a longer keep time then cooked meat. But it varies for all types of meat:

Mince meat: Freezes well only for 3 months

Chicken breast/steaks etc: 9 Months

Whole chickens/turkeys: 12 months (noted I have another 7 months to invite everyone around for a belated Christmas dinner)

Soups & Stews

2-3 months.. These left overs will keep for with or without meat added.

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This is another must make! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🌈 All the #recipe details below 👇. My kiddos 👫👫absolutely freaked out over this. I talk a lot about soups 🥣 because they are super delicious, healthy, so versatile, quick to make (especially if you follow my below formula) and make fantastic #mealprep because you can eat them all week. We will have ours as #dinner one night and then serve it as a side with pizza 🍕 or sandwiches 🥪 another night. They are a great way to get your kids to eat veggies too. 🥰 I also love how economical soups are as they will feed many and you literally can throw whatever you have on hand into them. Also, feel free to leave the meat out making this a delicious #vegetarian soup. Best part of this meal for us was the conversations it opened up between my kids. When we pause to gather and enjoy a meal, it can really be one of our greatest touch stones with our family. Enjoy from @chef_emery 👩🏻‍🍳👩🏻‍🍳oxoxox 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion peeled and minced 3 cloves of garlic peeled and minced 1 tbs dried oregano Pinch of sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 celery stalks washed, ends removed and chopped 1 large carrot washed, peeled and chopped 1 lb ground #grassfed #organic beef 1 small cabbage washed, cored and chopped 1 bag of frozen greens such as spinach, collard greens or kale 1 can of northern white beans drained and washed 2 medium potatoes washed, peeled and chopped 8 cups of low sodium chicken stock, beef stock or #bonebroth 1 package of fresh cheese tortellini Take a large stock pot and add olive oil then place your stove top to medium heat. Once hot add onion, garlic, oregano, sea salt and black pepper and sauté for 8 minutes till onion becomes translucent, then add celery and carrots and sauté another 5 minutes. Now add beef and sauté till almost fully cooked (approx. 5-8 minutes). Now add chopped cabbage, greens, beans, potatoes and stock. Bring to a boil then reduce to low, placing the lid on and let cook for 20 minutes so all the flavors can come together. Right before serving add the fresh tortellini and let cook for 3-5 minutes till tortellini is firm but tender. Serve immediately. ❤️

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Seafood

3 months.. Fish with a higher fat content like salmon don’t have a great freeze time and also prawns. The Food Safety Gov only recommend freezing seafood for only 3 months.

Left Overs

1-6 months dependent..Meat cooked from whole pieces, eg chicken breast, can store for 2-6 months but foods such as meatballs, hamburgers etc made from mince meat last only for 1-3 months.

Also DYK that you can freeze left over pizza? I didn’t! Food safety gov says you can keep that left over pizza for your next hangover for up to 2 months.

OTHER FREEZER FACT..

What about when your food is ‘icy’ AKA freezer burn. Is that safe to eat? Food Safety Government says, “Food that has freezer burn is safe to eat, but you may find the texture and taste not to your liking.”

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