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Freezer advice and facts

Freezers are a great way to make the most of your food. They act like a pause button, giving us more time to eat and enjoy the food we buy. Here are the four golden tips for you to stick to:

  1. You can freeze pretty much everything! Fruit, chillies, potatoes, milk, cooked meat and bread.  You can even freeze cheese with the exception of soft cheese as the texture goes very strange! 
  2. The freezer acts like a pause button on food and so you can freeze it right up to the use-by date. It also stores safely for years - it's just that the quality will start to deteriorate after 3 months. Ideally use within 6 months but don't panic if it's been there longer. It will just need longer, slower cooking and a bit more added flavour likes herbs and spices.
  3. Always wrap the food well in the freezer and don't forget to label everything with the date and what it is.
  4. When you want to make use of it defrost overnight in the fridge, use within 24 hours and cook till piping hot. If you need it quickly food can be defrosted safely in the microwave.

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