The Definitive Guide to Freezing Food

Do you plan on freezing foods so that you can build up your stockpile? Here’s a simple list of how long foods can last in the freezer.

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In this story, I’ll also answer how long food lasts in the freezer without power.

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Freezing food pauses biological time by stopping bacteria and enzymes that cause spoilage and decay.

The Science of Freezing Food

Freezer Guidelines

Remember, keeping your freezer at the food safety-approved 0°F (-18°C) isn’t just recommended; it’s a golden rule.

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-Chicken can be frozen for up to a year (for all cuts). -Beef can stay in the freezer for well over a year. -Four months is the longest time you should freeze ground beef.

Food-Specific Freezing Times

Freezing Without Power

In a complete power shutdown, a full freezer should keep everything safely frozen for about 48 hours—24 hours if it’s half-full.

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