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My turkey is freezer-burned. What can I do?


Freezer burn, or moisture loss, usually appears as fuzzy, grayish-white spots on the food surface. Although it toughens food and causes off-flavors, it isn't harmful. There is nothing you can do to reverse the process. Using moist-heat cookery or covering meat with some type of sauce may minimize the effects of freezer burn.

 

Remember that freezer burn can be prevented by use of moisture-vapor-proof freezer wrap and by storing foods for the proper length of time - about six months for poultry.               

 

Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
 

 

 

 

Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009

 

 


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