Deep freezing, or food freezing, is a revolutionary industrial technique that optimally preserves food, maintaining its freshness, quality, and taste. Understanding the foundations of deep freezing is essential to appreciate the benefits it offers fully.
What is deep freezing, and how does it work?
Deep freezing is a process that involves rapidly cooling food products to extremely low temperatures, typically between -18°C and -35°C. This intense cooling freezes the water in the food, preventing the formation of large ice crystals. By preserving the cellular structure, deep freezing maintains optimal food quality.
What is deep freezing, and how does it work?
Deep freezing involves several crucial stages. Firstly, the food is prepared, cleaned, sliced, or processed according to requirements. Then, it is placed in freezing tunnels, where the temperature is rapidly lowered to reach the desired deep freezing level.
The influence of temperature and time
Temperature and freezing duration are critical factors in maintaining food quality. A low and consistent temperature ensures better preservation of nutrients, flavors, and textures. Additionally, it is essential to adhere to recommended freezing times to avoid any product deterioration.
Deep Freezing vs Freezing: Differences and Benefits
Freezing a product involves slowly lowering its temperature below -18°C, which reduces biological activity. Freezing does not eliminate the microorganisms responsible for food degradation; it merely suspends their growth during storage at a temperature of -18°C. This domestic freezing technique is commonly known as putting your dish in the freezer! It increases the shelf life of food. However, freezing can lead to the formation of crystals that may alter the properties of the food, such as meat tenderness.
Deep freezing is a technique used in the food industry that rapidly transforms the water within food into ice at extremely low temperatures below -30°C. Unlike frozen products, deep-frozen products are quickly "put to sleep" and then stabilized at -18°C. The rapid transformation allows for the fine crystallization of water, limiting cellular destruction and preventing the proliferation of microorganisms. At Cool&Simple, we use deep freezing for all our products, ensuring better quality and longer shelf life for the food.
Advantages of Deep Freezing
Contrary to common beliefs, deep freezing offers numerous benefits for preserving food's freshness, quality, and flavors.
Preservation of taste and food quality
Cool temperatures allow for preserving freshness, texture, and flavors to enjoy at any time of the year. Fruits and vegetables are harvested when ripe and immediately deep-frozen to preserve their freshness and taste. They are harvested well before maturity and undergo significant temperature variations to prevent them from arriving too damaged on our plates. Frozen fish are often superior to fresh fish sold for 14 days after being caught.
Conservation of nutritional value
At Cool & Simple, we place great importance on preserving the nutritional value of our frozen foods. Deep freezing helps maintain most vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, ensuring flavorful, healthy, and well-balanced meals!
Reduction of food waste
Another advantage of deep freezing is its vital role in combating food waste. By prioritizing the purchase of frozen products, you can reduce losses and manage your quantities better. At Cool & Simple, reducing our carbon footprint and contributing to responsible practices drive us daily!
Convenience and time-saving in the kitchen
Frozen products are a convenient and time-saving solution to help you in the kitchen. Say goodbye to the hassle of handling (washing, chopping, storing fruits/vegetables) or complicated recipes, and enjoy the convenience offered by deep freezing to simplify your daily meals. Discover our prepared dishes for quick and balanced menus.
Food Safety and Precautions Related to Deep Freezing
When it comes to frozen foods, food safety is paramount. At Cool & Simple, we take hygiene regulations and the cold chain very seriously and take all necessary measures to ensure high-quality products.
Normes et réglementations en matière de surgélation des aliments
Maintaining the cold chain is crucial for preserving the quality of frozen products and preventing the proliferation of bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses among consumers. It is essential to control the internal temperature of the food, as it is a determining factor for the growth of microorganisms. Here are some temperature standards for storage:
Frozen foods: maximum temperature of -18°C;
Refrigerated foods: maximum temperature of 4°C;
Hot foods: minimum temperature of 60°C.
Good practices for handling and storing frozen foods
Cool & Simple products can be stored for 9 to 18 months (depending on the items) if kept at -18°C. Once defrosted, they can be kept in the refrigerator and have the same shelf life as fresh products. If in doubt, refer to our packaging and labels. To safely defrost a frozen product, remove it from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator, microwave, or cold water if it is in waterproof packaging. Never leave your food on the countertop, as defrosting at room temperature allows bacteria to multiply and increases the risk of food poisoning. Also, do not refreeze a completely thawed food item.
Tips and Ideas for Cooking with Deep Frozen Foods
Creative ways to use frozen ingredients in various recipes
Frozen foods offer incredible kitchen versatility; at Cool & Simple, we understand that well! Use frozen vegetables to whip up quick stir-fries, soups, or colorful pasta dishes. Frozen fruits are perfect for refreshing smoothies or delicious desserts. For a convenient protein option, frozen proteins like shrimp or chicken can be added to curries or stir-fried dishes.
Quick and Easy Meal Preparation with Frozen Foods
Pre-cut or pre-cooked frozen foods save you valuable time in the kitchen. Prepare complete meals by assembling frozen ingredients such as mixed vegetables with pre-cooked rice and meat pieces. Add seasonings and sauces for an explosion of flavors. Check out our gourmet recipes and impress your loved ones!