Nowadays, for convenience reasons lots of individual freeze their food or buy frozen food/fruits. However, they cannot help to
ponder: “is freezing food a safe alternative? There is still uncertainty on whether or not freezing protect foods. The confusion might arise from the fact that few people truly understand the rules behind freezing food’s safety. Also in developing countries, like in Haiti (my homeland),where there is often power outage, people have raised concerns about to effectively use the freezing to conserve foods. Some people also expressed concerns about thawed food, the USDA states that “partial thawing and refreezing may affect the quality of some food, but the food will be safe to eat”.
The truth is, it is possible to freeze almost any food. Nonetheless, some exceptions may apply such as canned food or eggs in shells. For canned food, it is okay to freeze it after it came out of the can, spam can be an example. If food is store constantly a 0°F, its quality might suffer must it is still safe. Freezing preserves food for extended periods because it prevents the growth of microorganisms that cause both food spoilage and foodborne illness. However, when these frozen foods change from their solid state to a liquid one, it might become dangerous because microbes can again become active, multiplying under the right conditions to levels that can lead to foodborne illness. On that instance, it is important to handle them like you would normally handle fresh produce to avoid multiplication of microorganism. If there is a power outage, the freezer fails, or if the freezer door has been left ajar by mistake, the food may still be safe to use if ice crystals remain. But it is best to keep the freezer door closed for the food to stay cold and safe.
Solutions to effectively use freezing foods include
-Freeze food as soon as possible
-use proper packaging from it maintains quality and prevents freezer burn
– for raw or cooked meat, it’s fine to cook or reheat poultry from the frozen state
-keep the freezer door closed as much as possible
For those of you that have concerns about how to select frozen meals effectively please take a look at this video