Keeping Food Fresh
Freezing your favourite foods is a convenient way to lock in freshness, flavour and nutrients. You can also freeze leftovers or buy in bulk and store it in the freezer. But did you know that not all freezers are equally good at storing food?
Modern freezers often have features designed to ensure your food remains safe to eat for the longest possible time, while retaining valuable vitamins. Find out what to look for below.
Fast Freeze Settings
Fast or quick freeze functions are designed to lock in vitamins and nutrients more effectively, so you can be sure the fresh food you freeze will retain its goodness.
The fast freeze setting is particularly useful when you want to freeze large amounts of fresh food in one go.
The temperature in the freezer compartment drops when the function is enabled, freezing your food much more quickly. Some models have the capability to switch this setting off automatically, so you don’t need to worry about forgetting.
Fast freeze functions are designed to lock in vitamins and nutrients more effectively.
When fresh food is frozen quickly, smaller ice crystals form than if you freeze your food without the function enabled. This means that when you come to defrost your food at a later date, it will be of a much higher quality.
Fast freezing can also help certain foods retain their texture, so you can freeze items like bread without worrying about how well they will defrost.
4 Star Freezer Ratings
If a freezer has a 4* rating, it means it’s capable of storing food up to -18°C, freezing fresh produce and storing goods for up to 12 months.
The maximum storage time depends on the type of food and best before date.
You may also come across one, two and three star freezers. One star models are often just an ice box in a fridge. They keep food at -6°C and can store pre-frozen food for up to a week.
A two star freezer will freeze foods at -12°C, and can store pre-frozen food for up to one month. Three star freezers reach -18°C and can store pre-frozen food for three to twelve months.
Only 4 star freezers are suitable for freezing food from fresh, so that’s something to bear in mind if you like to freeze leftovers, unused ingredients or the extra items you get from those irresistible buy one get one free offers!
Power Cut Safety Features
Many freezers have a useful power failure safe storage feature.
This keeps your food frozen in the event of a power cut, so you’ll have time to get the problem fixed without worrying about your food defrosting. The storage period varies depending on the model, so it’s important to check this before you buy.
Only 4 star freezers are suitable for freezing food from fresh, so that’s something to bear in mind if you like to freeze leftovers.