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Freezing Food - Packaging Food to Freeze


Question: Freezing Food - Packaging Food to Freeze
Answer: Proper packaging helps maintain quality and prevent "freezer burn." It is safe to freeze meat or poultry directly in its supermarket wrapping but this type of wrap is permeable to air. Unless you will be using the food in a month or two, overwrap these packages as you would any food for long-term storage using airtight heavy-duty foil, freezer plastic wrap or freezer paper, or place the package inside a freezer plastic bag.

Use these materials or airtight freezer containers to repackage family packs into smaller amounts.

It is not necessary to rinse meat and poultry before freezing. Freeze unopened vacuum packages as is.

If you notice that a package has accidentally been torn or has opened while food is in the freezer, the food is still safe to use, merely overwrap or rewrap it.

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