With energy prices higher than ever, the cost of living crisis is well underway and households are looking for ways to cut down their bills. One way to save money is by using your appliances correctly. AO, the electrical retailer has revealed common freezer mistakes and the best way to stock a freezer so it is effcient.
Taking to TikTok, @ao shared a video with its 54k followers, it was titled “common freezer mistakes”.
These included “freezing food for too long, keeping the freezer nearly empty, and defrosting [food] at room temperature”.
1. Freezing food for too long
According to High Speed Training, vegetables can be frozen for eight to 12 months, fruit on the other hand lasts for around eight months, but can last longer if in an unopened packet.
Cooked meat should be kept for no longer than three to six months, whereas mince meat should be taken out and used after two to three months.
Sausages and bacon can be kept up for two months “before they deteriorate in quality”.
Bread, pastries such as cakes, can be frozen for up to three months.
One way to ensure food is getting used within these recommended dates is by “writing dates on bags and containers so you know when to use the food in them,” AO said.
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In another video, the appliance experts showed followers how to stock their freezer “perfectly”.
For those with four drawers, here’s what you should be putting inside each one.
Top drawer – ice cream, ice
Second drawer – vegetables and anything veggie related
Third drawer – potatoes, bread, garlic bread, hash browns
Fourth drawer – meat, fish