• During a power outage, food stored in the freezer will last about 2 days (with the door shut). The guide also lays out what is safe to refreeze and what should be tossed once the power comes back on.
• The faster foods freeze, the better. Foods that are frozen slowly form larger ice crystals, which damage cellular structures and lead to a more watery product once thawed.
• Foods thawed in the refrigerator are safe to refreeze. All other thawing methods require that you cook the food soon after it has thawed.
Download the guide as a PDF and keep it as a reference — I'm printing it out and taping it to the freezer!
• Read more & download the guide: The big chill: A freezer guide at The Washington Post
Do you have any tips for better freezing?
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