How does freezing keep food safe

@mawong79 (215)
Malaysia
December 22, 2009 12:30am CST
I have always wondered how long frozen cooked food can be safely eaten. I also always wonder if it is safe to wash meat first before putting them into the freezer. Do you have this question in your mind? Appreciated your sharing. Have a nice day!
4 responses
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
As far as I know, there is a very minimal chance for bacteria to grow in an extremely cold temperature. In connection to that, putting or storing foods inside the refrigerator or freezer may not spoil it but instead, it will be preserved. My knowledge about the scientific basis of this thing is limited so I cannot fully expound every thing about the process of preserving foods and keeping it safe to be eaten when placed inside the refrigerator. But, I hope somehow, I was able to answer the question you had in mind. Thanks
@kaylachan (4778)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Dec 09
When you freeze something you slow things down. From the moment the food is processed, it starts a decomposing process. Freezing the food locks in nuteraints and other chimicals and grinds that process to a crowl. What would normally take hours at room temp would take days frozen. Don't be fooled though. Frozen food can still go bad, it is just less noticable. A sign of this is if the food appears to be going bad by the smell. The ooder would stick out more then.
@zkapfo123 (320)
• India
22 Dec 09
Hi mawong79, the food items that are kept in the freezer stays in a frozen state, and in this way it retards the growth of bacteria and microbes as these needs warm or room temperature to strive and multiply. So when foods are frozen or kept in freezers,it doesn't deteriorate with time. Thank you, hope you find my response useful.
@maria1081 (1252)
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
Frozen cooked food are still safe to eat when you dont find changes on its taste, if the food get sour then the food is already spoiled. When you find mold on the surface then dont eat the food anymore. Foods with sauce are likely to perish easily compared to dry food. My mother wash meat before putting them to freezer but she make sure that those meat were consumed in a week or less.