Frozen foods become your new best friends during this pandemic? You may find frozen food go into the basket while shopping because social restrictions requiring people to stay at home. Hence, for practical reason, you might think frozen foods one of the best choice to save time and money. So, here are simple steps to keep frozen food safe to eat and delicious we summarized from vary resources.
1. Right Temperature
The main key to keep frozen foods safe to eat and taste delicious is the right temperature. All frozen foods need to be stored based on their recommended temperature, less than five degrees Celsius.
CNN Indonesia defines the freezer life of frozen foods is different from refrigerator ones. It all depending on the type of food. For example, raw chicken can be store for up to three or four days in a refrigerator at four degrees Celsius while in a freezer it can be stored safely up to a year at zero degrees Celsius. Besides, frozen cooked vegetables preserve quite well in the refrigerator within four days and up to three months in a freezer at zero degrees Celsius.
Choose your frozen foods wisely. Avoid frozen foods with nitrates. Ayahbunda defines nitrates are generally found in processed meats such as sausages and corned beef to prevent Clostridium botulinum spores (producing toxins affect nerves, brain, and spinal cord) as well as give a red color for the meat. It is unfortunate that nitrates have side effect for hemoglobin or healthy red blood cells due to do their jobs to transport the oxygen from lung to tissues.
3. Leave no Food Behind
If you are constantly consuming frozen foods, it is better to leave no food behind to be stored in a refrigerator or freezer and cooked. It simply because, re-storing frozen foods may eliminate nutrients as well as increasing risk of developing bacteria after the pack is opened.