Categories: Frozen food

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We all know about frozen food, we all consume it (almost) every day, but did you ever wonder who invented it or is it really as healthy as fresh food? We bet there are a lot of things you are wondering about when buying the frozen food. So here is your chance to see if there is some truth in those frozen food-related myths.

Frozen foods are full of added preservatives

FALSE

Frozen foods do not need any added preservatives. The bad microbes cannot grow on food when it’s at a temperature of less than 0°F. However, this doesn’t mean that the low temperature will kill the microbes, it will just prevent them from multiplying. So you need to be careful when defrizzing the food, as the microbes might start growing again.

The freezing process destroys nutrients

FALSE

Another false statement. Food nutrients are not being removed by the freezing process. There is hardly any difference in nutrients in fresh and frozen meat and poultry, for example.

Frozen food does not taste as good as the fresh food

TRUE and FALSE

This depends solely on the time of freezing. If you freeze your food at its quality peak, it will be as tasteful as the fresh food (or almost as good). But if you freeze it near its expiration date, it surely won’t taste as good as you would expect. So the sooner you freeze the food you won’t be using, the better.

Power outage – take out all the food from your freezer

FALSE

When this happens, you should keep your freezer door closed, as it can keep frozen food in optimal conditions for about one or two days (but only if the door stays unopened).

You have to defrost all the vegetables before you cook them

FALSE (with exceptions)

As it turns out, most frozen vegetables are ready to be cooked right out of the freezer. The exception here is the corn on the cob, which you would have to defrost a bit before cooking it.

Once thawed, the food cannot be refrozen

FALSE

Once you have thawed your food in the refrigerator you can freeze it back again, without cooking it. There might be some loss of quality there, but your food will still be safe. If you are cooking previously frozen raw food, you can freeze the cooked dish and the leftovers within 3-4 days. However, refreezing the food that has been thawed outside the refrigerator for more than 2 hours is not recommended.

As you can see, most of these ‘facts’ you know about frozen food turned out to be false statements. Although the frozen food is safe to consume, we would surely advise you to pay attention to its expiration date, smell, color and other signs that look suspicious when you thaw it. You can also label the food with freezing dates, so you won’t have any problems remembering when you put it in your freezer.

Fun Fact: March is National Frozen Food Month!