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Guide to Leftovers and Food Storage

How to Prevent Freezer Burn

Follow this easy advice to keep frozen foods fresh.

By Susie Theodorou
Freezer interior with frozen dinners, ziploc items, ice trayJames Worrell

Those grayish, frosty spots that show up on the surface of foods, known as freezer burn, occur when food is improperly wrapped and exposed to too much oxygen. Freezer burn won't rot meat or produce, but it can cause items to toughen and taste spoiled. Protect food from burn and pesky ice crystals by tightly covering it with freezer-safe wraps and bags, making sure to squeeze out as much excess air as possible.

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