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Can You Fix Freezer Burn?

A pack of chicken legs are frozen.

We’ve all been there. You reach for the bag of blueberries you picked last season and put in the freezer, and there’s a sheen of ice all over them. You open that container of ice cream you didn’t finish a couple of weeks ago and it looks like there’s a layer of crystals on top.

Freezer burn can be frustrating and can ruin your food. Unfortunately, you can’t fix freezer burn once it’s happened, but there are things you can do to help prevent it.

Freezer burn happens when cold, dry air seeps into your food. It slowly dehydrates the food and causes ice crystals to form. It’s often caused by improper packaging or not sealing something well enough before placing it in the freezer.

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Having the right containers will keep your food from getting freezer burnt.

Once a food has been freezer burned, it’s never really going to be the same. Your best bet is to take action before storing your food in the freezer.

First, make sure it’s properly prepared. Allow all food to cool completely before storing it in the freezer. This will reduce the risk of too much moisture that can cause crystallization.

Next, make sure you’re using freezer-safe storage containers. The right containers will reduce the risk of air exposure. It will also help to protect your food from fluctuating temperatures if you leave the freezer door open too long.

Finally, try rotating your foods around the freezer periodically. It’s likely to be colder in the back of your freezer, and foods near the front might be at a greater risk of temperature fluctuations.

Freezing food can be extremely convenient, but your money, time, and effort will go to waste if you let things get freezer burnt. Use these suggestions to prevent that unsightly crystallization.

Stacey Koziel Stacey Koziel
Stacey Koziel is a news writer at LifeSavvy. She's worked as a freelance writer for over ten years, focusing on family and lifestyle content. She also has a background in marketing and social media, and is always eager to talk (and write!) about the latest TikTok trends. Read Full Bio »
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