Food that has not been properly wrapped nicely will suffer the dreaded freezer burn.
This is a condition that happens when frozen food has been damaged by dehydration and oxidation, because of air reaching the food. It’s generally caused by food not being securely wrapped in air-tight packaging.
Why does Freezer Burn Happen?
Most likely, your food was not tightly wrapped allowing water molecules to escape and find a better location.
It is likely to occur for things stored in the freezer too long. There is a limit to how long items should be stored in the freezer. Sooner or later the water molecules will make their way out of the frozen food into a colder place in your freezer.
When water molecules escape from your frozen meals, it’s also possible for oxygen molecules to seep in. The oxygen molecules may dull the color and alter the taste of your frozen item.
Can I still eat it?
Freezer burn happened when air reaches the food’s surface and dries the product. The color of the food changes as a result from chemical changes in the food’s pigment during the freezing procedure. Freezer burn doesn’t make the food unsafe to eat, it only causes dry spots in the food. You can still eat it but it is going to taste bad and the texture will likely be quite tough and chewy.
With freezing, we can preserve the freshness of the market, bring the freshness directly to your own kitchen. It is ideal to defrost in the fridge, a microwave oven, or even in a hot oven. You need low temperature that gradually heats up the food. Most foods should be left in their freezer packaging while defrosting.
When food like beef is frozen as a method of preservation thousands and tens of thousands of water molecules within the steak form ice crystals. These water molecules prefer the most hospitable environment- the coldest place on your freezer. The molecules migrate from the beef into the coldest place they could find, which is often the side of your freezer. The loss of these water molecules leads to the steak to become dehydrated. The end result is freezer burn.