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How long will food stay frozen if the power goes off?

Food will stay frozen longer if the freezer is not opened, if the freezer is full, and if it is in a cool place. Generally, a full freezer will keep food frozen for 2-4 days, depending on the size. A half filled freezer will keep food frozen for about 24 hours.

Can food be re-frozen after it thaws?

Foods may be refrozen if they are only partially thawed and still have ice crystals on the package or if the freezer temperature has remained at 40 degrees F or below.

What causes freezer burn?

It is caused by food that is not properly wrapped and comes in contact with air. Dehydration occurs on the surface of the frozen product.

Are there any foods that should not be frozen?

Because ice crystals can cause breakage of cell membranes in some foods, freezing them should be avoided. Mushrooms, soft fruits, and salad vegetables tend to lose crispness and firmness when frozen. Raw grapes and apples become mushy. Tomatoes become watery and limp.

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