What is Freezer Burn and how can it be avoided?

Lets face it, Freezer Burn has happened to the best of us at one point or another, but does it actually mean?

Have you ever wondered what actually has happened to a steak in the freezer that looked great going into the freezer, but after spending some time at zero degrees now looks discolored and frosted over? It is covered in frost and there are dry spots on the meat tissue. It looked fine when you froze it a few months ago. What caused this transformation?

When food is frozen as a method of preservation thousands and thousands of water molecules within the steak form ice crystals. These water molecules prefer the most hospitable environment- the coldest place in your freezer. The molecules migrate from the steak to the coldest place they can find, which is often the side of your freezer. The loss of these water molecules causes the steak to become dehydrated. The end result is freezer burn.

So why did this happen?

  • Most likely, your food was not tightly wrapped enabling water molecules to escape and seek a better location.
  • Also, freezer burn is likely to occur for items stored in the freezer too long. There is a limit to how long items should be stored in the freezer. Sooner or later the water molecules will find their way out of the frozen food to a colder place in your freezer. (See Refrigerator & Freezer Storage Chart listed in Web resources)
  • The temperature of your freezer may have been above 0 degrees F. Freezer burn will set in from fluctuating temperatures above 0 degrees F.

When water molecules escape from your frozen food, it is also possible for oxygen molecules to seep in. The oxygen molecules can dull the color and modify the flavor of your frozen product.

Food that has freezer burn is safe to eat, but you may find the texture and taste not to your liking. Stay tuned for freezing tips so that your frozen food will be in first-rate condition to serve to your friends and family!

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