freezer burn


: light-colored spots developed in frozen foods as a result of surface evaporation and drying when inadequately wrapped or packaged

Examples of freezer burn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like with frozen uncooked mirepoix, minimizing the amount of air in contact with the mixture will help reduce freezer burn. Jessica Harlan, Southern Living, 26 Dec. 2023 That’s nothing like the freezer burn this offseason will bring. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2024 People from all walks of life — food writers, chefs and maybe your mom — warn of freezer burn, the boogeyman lurking in our kitchens waiting to take hold of our precious frozen foods. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024 Evidence of freezer burn is another obvious indication. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Nov. 2023 Sealing food in airtight packaging or storage containers will not only keep bacteria out, but also protect the flavor, lock moisture in and help prevent freezer burn. Good Housekeeping, 6 Jan. 2023 Just like when freezing pumpkin pie, ice crystals and freezer burn are the enemies. Julie Harans, Bon Appétit, 11 Sep. 2023 Organize the Freezer For the most efficient use of space, store leftover food in containers as close to the size of the food as possible, which will also help prevent freezer burn. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 June 2023 Suction vacuum sealers work by pulling air out of a compatible food bag or container, which prevents the build-up of moisture that can cause mold, freezer burn, and general food spoilage. Jack Byram, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freezer burn was in 1926

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“Freezer burn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

freezer burn

: a dried-out spot on food (as meat) that has been frozen that results from improper wrapping

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