A freezer is a pretty straightforward appliance: plug it in and let it do its job.
That said, there are some tips and tricks everyone should know to ensure they're getting the most out of this household appliance.
Check the temperature
To freeze food safely, set the temperature of your freezer between -15oC and -18oC.
Don’t work it too hard at once
Start off freezing only a few things, gradually adding more items. Filling the freezer at once means it has to work harder to bring the temperature down.
Don’t over fill your freezer
According to the sa.gov.au website, there “needs to be space for cold air to circulate around what’s inside.” At the same time, an almost full fridge (about 80 per cent) is more economical to run, as the frozen food will help to keep the temperature down.
Cool food down
Placing hot or warm food into the freezer will affect the temperature inside and possibly cause other foods to defrost. Also, steam trapped inside your food containers might turn into ice crystals.
Cover food properly to avoid freezer burn
Food needs to be stored in freezer proof wraps and containers. Make sure you remove any excess air from freezer bags and only freeze containers that are full. Any air left in the storage can cause freezer burn. While freezer burn isn’t harmful to eat, it may change the colour and taste of the food.