Monthly Archives: June 2015

Why is my freezer causing freezer burn?

Why is my freezer causing freezer burn?An upright or chest freezer that is colder than normal or causing freezer burn might be due to a faulty part, improper temperature settings, but also could be caused by improper food packaging.

Freezer burn happens when moisture is lost from the food item, leaving discolored patches and dry areas on your food. Freezer burned food is still safe to eat, but it affects the taste and texture of foods, so most people toss out freezer burned items.

If you are planning to keep food for long-term storage in your upright freezer, make sure it’s packaged properly. Here are some suggestions from TheKitchn.com.

  • Wrap large items like portions of meat and loaves of breadin a double layer of plastic wrap, wax paper, or aluminum foil, then store in a container or plastic freezer bag.
  • Store smaller items like zucchini slicesor liquids in portion-sized containers or plastic bags so the food fills the container entirely with minimal leftover space.

RealSimple.com suggests using “freezer-safe wraps and bags, making sure to squeeze out as much excess air as possible.”

If you suspect that it is your upright or chest freezer that is the source of your freezer burn, the first thing to check is the temperature controls. If your temperature reading is above freezing, try adjusting the controls. You might want to Continue reading

Warning! Before Starting Any Appliance Repair

warningBefore attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance.  Coming in contact with live energy sources can lead  to serious bodily injury or even death. To prevent such injuries, always remove the appliance from its power source before proceeding with any diagnostic or repair work.

It is also important to remember that some unplugged appliances still carry a shock hazard. Microwave ovens in particular utilize capacitors that store enough energy to cause serious bodily injury or even death.

The inside of appliances have sharp parts and pieces that could cut or otherwise injure you. Use caution when working inside appliances.

If you are not familiar with the diagnostic tools or are not experienced in dealing with potentially hazardous work then please contact a licensed repair professional in your area.

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