We all, being individual, industry, commercial unit, restaurant, or a small eatery shop, rely on our freezers, from storing a chunk of frozen vegetables to pre-cooked or baked meals and Sunday lunch leftovers or brunch leftovers. Whether you have given any attention to this scenario that you dig a little depths that what are you storing and for how long you are storing?
There is a need to put some attention to these questions and concerns and now is a good time to take a look at what exactly we are storing and for how long we are storing in freezers? It might save you on expenses of buying groceries or the specific types of food products you actually and frequently eat. If your freezer needs defrosting for the cleaning or some other purposes, it will be much easier and far safer if there are not many food products stored in it.
Food products or items can’t live forever in the freezer. There must be a cycle of usage and replacement because every product has a lifetime till then it lasts. Considering this scenario, meat should be used within three months and couldn’t be stored for more than three months, whereas, bread could only last three to six months. If you store these two longer than this span, the food will still be safe but the colour, flavour and texture will start to deteriorate and sooner after this, food items will also start to decay.
All cheeses, except Cottage cheese, cream cheese, feta, goat, fresh mozzarella, Neufchâtel, Parmesan, processed cheese could last for 6 months, therefore, it is recommended to store below 6 months. Dairy products involving Butter could be store for 6 to 9 months period, Cream could be store for a period of 4 months, Ice cream could be store for a period of 1 to 2 months, Margarine could be store for a period of 12 months, Milk for 3 months, and Yogurt could be store for a period of 1 to 2 months.
Fish and seafood
Fish and seafood including Clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, shrimp could be stored for 3 to 6 months, Fatty fish for a period of 2 to 3 months, and Lean fish could be stored for a period of 6 months.
All fruit could last for 10 to 12 months except Avocados, bananas, Citrus fruits, and Fruit Juices. Fresh vegetables could last for a different range. Some of them could only be stored for 2 months, whereas, some of them could be stored for up to 10 months. Cooked meats could be stored for 2 to 6 months, whereas poultry products could be stored for up to 4 months.
Most of the bakery products could be stored for 1 to 6 months period. These scenarios vary with respect to products. Whatever the products will be, you should store them with car, safer, and hygienic. So, that you and your family’s health could be kept safer.