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Frozen Food: How to Identify Good Frozen Food

With frozen food, it is important that the cold chain is adhered to. (Photo: imago)Frozen products are quick to make, inexpensive and, above all, they have an unbeatable advantage: They can be stored for a long time. And many are not that bad at all. Fruit and vegetables in particular usually have more vitamins than their counterparts on the fresh food counter. So why not grab the ice pack more often? But beware! Only when the cold chain has been consistently adhered to will the goods remain fresh, tasty and germ-free. We'll tell you how to tell whether the cold chain has been broken and what characterizes good frozen food.

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The shake test

One of the most important criteria: the goods must be individually frozen. Strawberries, raspberries and rice should not stick together. Hard frozen lumps are an indication that the goods have already been thawed or thawed. The result: the food becomes tough and dry after defrosting and cannot be kept for too long. So always do the shake test: Shake the goods carefully and check whether the individual berries or grains of rice move.

Is it crackling? Then something is wrong

Caution should also be exercised if small, white snow crystals form inside the pack. This is also an indication that the product has not been cooled continuously. You can recognize the snow by the fact that it crackles suspiciously in the bag, and with transparent packaging it is even clearly visible. Another no-go: freezer burn. Frozen cakes and meat are particularly susceptible to this. Freezer burn can be recognized by gray spots on the edges of the product. Of course, you should also pay attention to the best-before date for frozen foods. A few days are not enough here, the frozen food should be stable for at least a few more months.

Pay attention to markings and temperatures

In order to store the goods correctly, freezers and cabinets in the supermarket must have a constant temperature of minus 18 degrees Celsius. You can tell whether this is being adhered to by the temperature display. Chests that have no doors and are open at the top have a marking beyond which no goods may be stacked. Under no circumstances should you reach for packages that are above this mark. They were stored too warm. The freezers should also not wear icy fur - also an indication of fluctuating temperatures.

Beware of fish

Special attention should be paid to seafood. They are prone to germs and quickly lose their consistency. High-quality seafood should be labeled “glazed”. Then they were covered with a wafer-thin layer of ice before flash freezing. It prevents oxygen from entering and spoiling the fish. In addition, you should not buy fish and frutti di mare in transparent packaging. The light that the goods presumably received during transport makes fatty fish such as salmon in particular rancid.

Get home as soon as possible

There are now labels that use colors to indicate whether frozen products have been properly stored. Although this method is practical, it is also expensive, which is ultimately noticeable for the consumer in the price. If you keep your eyes open, you can confidently do without such labels. And if you pay attention to a few things after shopping, you are on the safe side: Always put the frozen products last in the shopping cart, then pack them close together in a cooler bag and then quickly put them in the freezer at home.

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