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How much food can be frozen at one time?

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Food should freeze within 24 hours of the time it was placed in the freezer. Overloading slows down the freezing rate that lowers product quality and may even lead to spoiled products. The recommended amount of food to be frozen at one time is one-tenth the capacity of the freezer, or no more than 3 pounds per cubic foot of freezer space.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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