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How to beat freezer burn
Lock out the air. Because exposure to the dry, cold air in a freezer can destroy the flavor and texture of food, protect your rations as best you can. Squeeze the air out of ziplock bags, for example, and minimize the amount of dead air you trap within any container.
Wrap meat twice. “Plastic wrap itself isn’t airtight,” so wrap meat tightly in plastic or waxy freezer paper, and then again in aluminum foil.
Cut your losses. The surface of meat suffers first, so trim off affected areas after rinsing off the crusted ice. Food affected by freezer burn isn’t unsafe to eat, but it’s been both dehydrated and oxidized, making it less tender and flavorful.
Eat everything sooner. The best way not to waste food is to consume it before it’s ruined. Even a high-end vacuum sealer “can only put off the inevitable.”
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Source: TheManual.com ■