How long do frozen foods and vegetables last?

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How long do frozen foods and vegetables last?
How long do frozen foods and vegetables last

How long do frozen foods and vegetables last?

You can freeze virtually all foods (with the exception of some, e.g. eggs in the shell which expand and crack). Food can remain frozen indefinitely and technically be safe to eat, as bacteria will not grow.

Storage times for frozen food vary depending on the type of food and what type of freezer you have. Freezers have a star rating to indicate how long food can be safely stored. Checking this rating, as well as instructions on food packaging, is a good starting point for determining how long you can safely keep frozen food.

The Freezer Star Ratings

  • If the freezer temperature is -6°c and food can be stored for 1 week.
  • If the freezer temperature is -12°c and food can be stored for 1 month.
  • If the freezer temperature is -18°c and food can be stored for 3 months.
  • If the freezer temperature is -18°c and food can be stored for 3 months or longer.

Look at the packaging of frozen food to find guidance on how long the food can be stored using freezers of certain star ratings.

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How Long Do Frozen Vegetables Last?

Vegetables can be frozen for up to 8-12 months. Their frozen life varies depending on the best date, the preparation method, and how they are stored. Keep them at a constant temperature and do not continuously refreeze them.

With proper storage, they can often last beyond the date. But they will have likely deteriorated in quality and may not be as appetizing or nutritious. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.

You can usually tell by looking if frozen veg isn’t fit to eat anymore. Indications include excessive, caked-on ice crystals, a loss of color in the veg, and a shriveled state.

How long Does Frozen Fruit Last?

Fruit can be frozen for around 8 months. It can last for longer if it has been unopened. Its life also depends on its best by date at the time of freezing, how it was prepared, and how it is being stored. Keep them at a constant temperature and do not continuously refreeze them.

Fruit usually has the best before dates, meaning it can last beyond this time if stored properly. But the taste and texture may have changed, so use your common sense to tell whether it’s still good to eat or not.

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Fruit that has dull color or frosty look, with white-colored ice, is probably well past its best and will taste bland

Purée or stew fruits (such as apples and strawberries) that you intend to use in jam, pie fillings, smoothies, and sauces. This saves space and can help it stay fresh for longer. For products such as strawberries that do not freeze well, it is especially beneficial.

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