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From 2019 to 2021, there was a 39 percent uptick in elective egg freezing in the U.S., according to a study in the journal Fertility and Sterility. The practice gained further acceptance during the pandemic, which made many women ages 21 to 45 more open to considering egg freezing for themselves, according to a 2022 study in the same journal.
Frozen foods can add variety to your meals year-round. As with any method of food preservation, following specific guidelines will assure you of high-quality, safe food. Refer to MU Extension publication GH1501, Freezing Basics, for detailed information on the freezing process and recommended storage times.
Fruits such as peaches, apples, pears and apricots darken quickly when exposed to air and during freezing. They also may lose flavor when thawed. There are several ways to prevent darkening and flavor loss in frozen fruit.
Crystalline (powdered) ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is the most effective agent in preventing darkening of fruit. Not only does it preserve natural color and flavor of fruits, but it also adds nutritive value. Ascorbic acid in crystalline or powdered form is available at some drugstores or where freezing supplies are sold.
Fruit is best served while it is still partially frozen with a few ice crystals still remaining. If thawed completely, frozen fruit will become mushy because of cell wall damage from ice crystals that form during the freezing process. Thaw fruit in the refrigerator, in the container you froze it in, about 12 hours per pint. For a shorter thawing time, run cold water over container until thawed. Thaw only enough fruit for one meal. Serve the juice from frozen fruit, too, as it is flavorful and contains nutrients.
Select firm, ripe, uniformly yellow apricots. Sort, wash, halve and pit. Peel and slice if desired. If apricots are not peeled, heat them in boiling water 30 seconds to keep skins from toughening during freezing. Cool in cold water, and drain.
Choose fully ripe berries if freezing for pie; choose berries a little underripe for jelly. Sort, remove stems and blossom ends, and wash berries. The unsweetened pack is best for use in pies or preserves.
For beverages, select fully ripe, firm, sweet grapes. For jelly making, select as recommended in specific jelly recipe. Wash, stem and crush grapes. Add 1 cup water per gallon crushed grapes. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain juice through a jelly bag. For a more visually appealing product, allow the juice to stand overnight in refrigerator to remove sediment that settles to the bottom. Pour off clear juice for freezing. Discard sediment that sinks to bottom. Pour juice into containers, leave headspace, seal and freeze. If tartrate crystals form in frozen juice, they may be removed by straining the juice after thawing.
Pack fruit into containers. Cover with 30 or 40 percent syrup (Table 3), leave head space, seal and freeze. If you plan to use frozen kiwi fruit in gelatin desserts, bring it to a boil, simmer 2 to 3 minutes, and cool before freezing.
Looking to preserve fresh produce and dairy for later Our guide covers the most commonly asked questions about freezing vegetables, fruit, cheese and eggs, including how long it lasts in the freezer and then how to cook it from frozen. Also see our top tips for freezing foods and advice on what not to freeze.
Cut your courgette into thick rounds or batons. Then blanch following the same method as with the asparagus, however, only for 1 minute. Alternatively, freeze from roasted. Drizzle your courgette with olive oil and arrange on a baking tray. Roast for 15-20 minutes before leaving to cool, transferring to another tray and freezing before popping the frozen rounds into a freezer bag.
Scrub your mushrooms to remove any dirt, then slice or leave whole. Put the mushrooms in a steam basket and place them above some water with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Bring the mixture to boil and steam the mushrooms for 2-4 minutes, depending on their size. Plunge the mushrooms into icy water. Once drained and patted dry, lay on a tray and freeze before transferring to a freezer bag. Alternatively, gently fry the mushrooms with a small knob of butter before freezing using the same method.
Prep your cauliflower by washing it and cutting it into equal-sized florets. Put the cauliflower in boiling water and blanch for 2 minutes. Remove the cauliflower with a slotted spoon and place it into icy water before patting it dry and freezing on a tray. After it's frozen, transfer to a resealable freezer bag.
Rhubarb can be frozen in many ways. The easiest method would be to freeze from raw. Trim the rhubarb of stringy bits and cut them into short lengths. Freeze on a baking tray and then transfer to a resealable freezer bag. Alternatively, you could blanch your rhubarb in boiling water for a minute before transferring it to icy water and continuing with the same freezing method. Other methods include roasting your rhubarb first for 15 minutes or stewing it.
To freeze regular apples, slice and place them on a baking tray and put them in your freezer on its highest setting. After they're frozen, transfer to a resealable freezer bag. For cooking apples, peel and core the apples, then cut them into slices and place them in a bowl before spritzing over with lemon juice. Toss together then freeze using the same method. For freezing baked apples, core the apple and brush with lemon juice before freezing it whole.
2. Only refreeze food if you're cooking it in-between. When food is thawed bacteria can multiply quickly, particularly at room temperature. If you pop it in the freezer, the bacteria survives and are more likely to reach harmful levels on second thawing. However, if you cook the food in between e.g. thawing beef mince, using it to make a bolognese and then refreezing, it's not a problem as the bacteria will have been killed off in the cooking process.
6. If in doubt, throw it out. Contrary to what many people think, freezing doesn't kill bacteria. If you are unsure of how long something has been frozen or are a bit wary of something once defrosted, don't take any chances.
7. Stay fresh. You get out what you put in as freezing certainly won't improve the quality of your food. Don't freeze old food because you don't want to waste it; the point of freezing is to keep food at its prime.
Freezing is the best way of preserving a season's bounty to enjoy later. When properly frozen, vegetables retain all their flavour and nutrients. The best method of freezing is the same for peas, runner, French, dwarf and broad beans, asparagus and broccoli.
The earliest flowering plants or angiosperms were probably woody evergreen trees in warm tropical environments. If they were to colonize environments that experience freezing conditions, one of several changes was required. They needed either to become deciduous, to become herbaceous, or to reduce the size of their water conduits. Amy Zanne et al. present a large phylogeographic study of 49,000 angiosperms which shows that species that are herbaceous and/or have small conduits evolved these traits before colonizing freezing conditions, whereas deciduous species changed their climate niche before becoming deciduous.
Lately, marketers are delivering anxiety-provoking messages about fertility to young women who may not yet have put much thought into when (and if) they want to become mothers. Women are being urged to freeze their eggs while they are young, rather than waiting until those eggs are near or past their expiration date. Boutique fertility practices extolling the benefits of egg freezing are popping up around the country. A New York City-based clinic even has a mobile van women can climb aboard to take a blood test to help gauge fertility.
Having the option to freeze eggs can be a valuable, life-changing one for some women. But Yale Medicine Fertility Center physicians caution that this option may not be appropriate for everyone, especially because egg freezing is by no means a simple procedure, and it does not promise pregnancy down the road. They urge women not to jump into the decision or feel pressured to put their eggs on ice without careful consideration of their health and their reproductive goals, as well as the egg-freezing process and cost, among many other factors.
Though egg freezing is not a new procedure, a technology called vitrification has vastly improved the success rates of egg thawing and survival. Plus, in 2012, the experimental label was removed from egg freezing in the United States, which led to a surge in the number of women opting to undergo the procedure. In 2009, 475 women froze their eggs, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). By 2016, that number was 7,276.
Very few companies pay for elective egg freezing for nonmedical reasons as part of their health plans, so most (or likely all) freezing egg costs must be paid out-of-pocket. In addition to being expensive, egg freezing can also be uncomfortable and inconvenient. A woman needs to take injectable medicines to stimulate egg production for 10 to 12 days, and to have repeated blood tests and ultrasounds. Finally, the eggs need to be retrieved during an in-office procedure. All of this can cost up to between $6,000 and $10,000, or even more.
Women who are considering freezing their eggs should be aware that successful pregnancies are less common with frozen eggs than fresh eggs. However, the use of frozen eggs can offer hope of conceiving in the future.
Before the egg-freezing process begins, a doctor will take a comprehensive medical history with a focus on fertility, assess the regularity of the menstrual cycle, and perform a range of blood tests to assess hormone levels. 59ce067264