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Foods That Must be Frozen
Basics of Cooking Lesson Series
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Do Not Freeze
Freezing Tips

These foods must be stored in the freezer, not in the refrigerator. Pay special attention to labels on these foods and the use-by dates. Do not thaw foods and then refreeze because they will lose quality and you may compromise food safety. Keeping a freezer thermometer in your freezer is also a good idea. The temperature should be 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below so the food stays safe and keeps its quality.

ICE CREAM Store in the original package. Be sure to cover tightly after using.
FROZEN DOUGHS Store in the original package. Carefully read the thawing instructions on the label; some doughs need to be thawed on the counter, others in the refrigerator. Don't refreeze doughs unless the package says you can.
WHOLE GRAIN FLOURS Whole grain flours contain oils which can turn rancid if stored at room temperature. For longer storeage, keep flours in the freezer in the original package, wrapped again in zip-lock bags.
FROZEN PIZZA Because pizzas have cheese and usually meat, they must be kept frozen, especially on the trip between the store and your freezer.
FROZEN ENTREES Store in the original packages. Follow thawing and cooking instructions carefully and refrigerate leftovers.
FROZEN CONCENTRATED JUICES Store these products in the freezer until just before use.
FROZEN FRUITS Store in the original package. Most frozen fruits are added to batters are doughs while still frozen for best quality. Defrost in the refrigerator.
MEATS PURCHASED FROZEN These products are usually already wrapped in freezer wrap. Use a waterproof marker to mark the purchase date on the package and use within 1-2 months.
FROZEN COOKIE DOUGH Wrap well. Let thaw in refrigerator overnight before baking unless the recipe states the frozen dough can be baked. Shape into cookies before freezing for fastest baking.
FROZEN VEGETABLES Cool completely, wrap well in layers in freezer container and freeze. Thaw, wrapped, at room temperature. For crisp cookies, thaw unwrapped at room temperature.
BREADS Breads keep quality longer when frozen rather than refrigerated. Slice before freezing if you purchased unsliced breads. Homemade breads will always last much longer stored in the freezer.
BUTTER For longer storage, freeze butter and margarine in the original packaging, placed into heavy duty freezer bags. Thaw in refrigerator or in microwave and use within 2-3 months.
WHIPPED HEAVY CREAM Place dollops of sweetened, whipped cream on cookie sheet, freeze until firm, then place in bags and freeze. Let thaw in refrigerator.
FROZEN NON-DAIRY TOPPINGS These products must be stored in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator before using, following label instructions.

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