What is the best way to preserve refrigerated and frozen foods?

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The best way is don't open the package. If you have already opened the package, eat the food as soon as convenient.

Frozen foods tend to lose moisture if not packaged correctly. It evaporates directly from ice, leaving the food dry and poor texture.

If you have fresh food you want to freeze, you usually have to put it in boiling water for a few seconds before freezing. The best way to package food is by vacuum bagging.

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▪ Keep foods separate. Keep raw meat, poultry, or seafood separate from other food at all times—when shopping for it, storing it, and preparing it. Do not let the juices flow or drip onto each other or onto other foods. Also, never put cooked food onto a dish that formerly held raw meat, fish, or poultry, unless that dish has been thoroughly washed with hot soapy water.
▪ Store and chill food properly. The refrigerator can inhibit the growth of dangerous bacteria, but the temperature should be 40 degrees Fahrenheit [4°C]. The freezer should be 0 degrees Fahrenheit [-17°C]. Put perishable food items away within two hours. If setting out food before the meal, cover all dishes to keep flies away.
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