Fresh food: In this hectic life, many of us try to store the food in the fridge and avoid cooking daily. This makes us freeze the food and use it in small portions whenever needed. We all store fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, milk and even semi cooked or fully cooked food too these days. Surprisingly people these days, make chapati in bulk and deep freeze it. However, we must not ignore the fact that food is perishable and no matter how long do you freeze it, the taste, odour and the nutritional value of the food declines. Besides this, there is a life duration of the stored food. Even if you store some of the foods in the fridge, they still get perished and become unfit to consume. (Also read: Which foods should not be stored in refrigerator)
Deep freezing the food items: How long is it safe and healthy to store food items in the fridge?
- Fruits and vegetables
- Ice cream
One must not store raw eggs in the freezer. It will spoil the content of the egg and makes it unfit to eat. Besides this, the hard-cooked eggs must also be not put in the freezer. (Also read: What are the health benefits of eggs)
Cheese can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. However, one must check the expiry date of the product before buying. Keep checking the cheese after every few days. Moreover, if the taste of the cheese gets sour, do not eat it.
Bread is perishable and can get bacteria or mould growth easily. One must cover it properly and store it in the fridge. It is fit to eat up to 2 weeks until there is fungus on the bread. Besides this, if you make the bread crumbs, it can be frozen for 6 months. (Also read: Which bread is good for health: White bread or brown bread)
Meat and chicken have a long life if kept and stored properly in the fridge. Raw meat can be deep frozen for 10-12 months. However, raw chicken can stay fresh till 9 months. Don’t forget to check the taste before making it in bulk.
Fruits and vegetables
If fruits and vegetables are frozen, one cannot guarantee their life. Every fruit differs in the lifespan and can get rotten easily. The same goes for the vegetables. Even if you wish to store them, make sure you check the taste of the fruits and vegetables before consumption. (Also read: What are the best sugar-free fruits and vegetables one must eat)
Ice cream can stay fresh until it’s open. Once you open the pack, you should consume it within a week. It may get rotten and undergo bacteria build up. Being a dairy product, one should avoid storing it in excess.
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These are some of the foods which one can be stored in the freezer according to their lifespan. You can also read this article in Hindi.