(HealthDay News) -- Freezing food helps avoid the growth of germs, allowing perishables to last longer than if they were refrigerated.
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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions for freezing food safely:
- Make sure your freezer is set to 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Confirm the temperature with an appliance thermometer.
- While you can freeze just about anything except canned foods or eggs in shells, some foods (such as lettuce, cream sauces or mayonnaise) may not maintain quality.
- Store food in freezer-safe bags, heavy plastic containers or heavyweight aluminum foil.
- Date and label foods before storing in the freezer. Use older foods before newer ones to help thwart freezer burn.
-- Diana Kohnle
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