When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge? How about your freezer? You refrigerator could be clean, but if you have any open foods in there that have been there for more than five days, you may want to think about giving it a good cleaning. And your freezer is a whole other story. You probably pay less attention there, but most foods should only stay frozen for anywhere from 3 to 12 months, depending on the type of food. If you haven’t taken time to clean out your fridge or freezer, here are a few things that may motivate you.
While some may shrug their shoulders at a little freezer burn, you’ll find that if you do thaw it out it just doesn’t taste the same. Generally, freezer burn gives food an “off” taste, especially noticeable in meats. Just toss it or compost it. The solution is to make sure things are airtight when you put them in the freezer.
Mystery items in the freezer can be scary. Maybe you think it’s leftover spaghetti sauce and meat, so you mix it into some fresh to use it up only to realize it was super-hot chili. Interesting combination… If you don’t know what it is it may be wise to just toss it. Next time make sure you write on the baggie or container what the contents are before freezing.