We’re all guilty of stashing food in our freezer for way too long. Even though you may think the chilly temperatures will keep your produce fresh indefinitely, there’s a time limit on how long you should keep frozen goods stored away.
Here are a few items you may want to rid your freezer of soon:
1. Ice cubes
If you’re using ice trays, your ice cubes are more susceptible to picking up on any odors or smells that exist in your freezer. Making fresh cubes often and washing the trays regularly can help combat this.
2. Freezer-burned items
Whether it’s ice cream or burgers, all food is capable of being freezer burnt. When you see the presence of freezer burn on your groceries, it’s time to toss it and make space in your freezer for new food.
3. Meats, fruits, etc. that have been refrozen
If you thaw meat or fruits out, use it. It may be tempting to throw it back in the freezer to use for another day, but you’re compromising your health (bacteria begins to grow as food defrosts) and the quality and taste of the food by doing so.
Coffee connoisseurs, this one is for you. Storing whole-bean coffee in the freezer will make the beans lose their flavor quickly. Contrastingly, ground coffee is known to hold onto its flavorful properties better in frigid temperatures.
Oprah Magazine also broke down the appropriate length of time to leave items frozen, ranging from fruits to fish. Refer to their chart to make spring cleaning in your kitchen a breeze.
How often do you clean out your freezer, sweat sisters? Let us know by leaving a comment!