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How to Prevent Freezer Burn in Vegetables

How to Prevent Freezer Burn in Vegetables | Muzzarelli Farms, Vineland NJ

A great way to store vegetables so that you can enjoy them for as long as possible is to freeze them. But vegetables can get freezer burn, which can ruin the taste and texture of the vegetables and make them inedible.

If you've purchased a freezer-full of Jersey Fresh produce from Muzzarelli Farms just waiting to be cooked, should you be worried about freezer burn?

What is Freezer Burn?

Freezer burn is the name given to the process of dehydration that is caused when the moisture within food is lost due to incorrect storage. It is most often seen in foods that are kept in the freezer for long periods of time without being protected properly. Freezer burn occurs when the outer layer of a food item becomes exposed to the cold air inside the freezer, causing the outside layer to dry out, creating a tough and leathery texture.

What Causes Freezer Burn in Vegetables?

From fresh cuts of beef and store-bought veggies to half-eaten pints of ice cream, freezer burn doesn't discriminate. Freezer burn in vegetables and other foods is usually caused by incorrect storage, such as improper wrapping or packaging. When vegetables are not packaged properly, the moisture from the vegetables will escape, leading to moisture loss and dehydration, resulting in freezer burn. Holes in bags or cellophane will expedite the burn effect, so it's important to inspect what goes into the freezer so you won't waste perfectly good veggies.

Other factors that can contribute to freezer burn in vegetables include exposure to air, over-filling the freezer, and incorrect temperature settings. Freezer burn doesn't appear overnight, but often takes around three months to start appearing, so you may still have time to prevent freezer burn if it hasn't yet set in.

How to Prevent Freezer Burn in Vegetables

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