How Are Freezing Times Determined for Food?

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Q: How are freezing times determined for food? I often read that a casserole can be frozen for six weeks or some similar recommendation. What happens to the food as time goes on? It doesn’t really go bad, does it?

Sent by Judith

Editor: If frozen properly (right temperature, well wrapped to minimize freezer burn), frozen food can be safe to eat indefinitely. However, recommended freezing times are given based on how long foods can stay in the freezer and maintain a certain level of quality, and these times and can vary from food to food.

Here’s a little bit more on making sure your freezer is at the right temperature, as the right temperature can slow down the deterioration of food:

Readers, what do you think?