The Easiest Way to Prevent Freezer Burn

Updated: Dec. 07, 2023

Discover how to get a practically airtight seal on your freezer bags.

I don’t know about you, but I can never get all of the air out when I seal a bag. Whenever I throw my ground beef, chicken or ham in the freezer, it inevitably gets freezer burn. Though it’s safe to eat food with freezer burn, it still doesn’t look appetizing. That’s why I am ecstatic about this hack I just learned.

The Water Displacement Method

The water displacement method uses water to push air out of a bag. Here’s what you do. Put your food, say a raw pork loin, into a freezer bag. Seal it almost all the way—you’ll want to leave about an inch. Then, slowly lower the bag in a pot filled with water. Watch as the water pushes the air to the top of the bag until it’s all the way out. When you get to the top, seal the bag completely.

Why It Works

One of the reasons why we get freezer burn is because there’s too much air surrounding the food. Moisture leaves the food, gets into the air and freezes, turning into tiny ice crystals. The water displacement method removes almost all of the air, eliminating that problem. Here are other ways to prevent freezer burn.

When to Use This Method

This trick is a shoo-in any time you’re freezing meat, veggies and other foods in zip-top bags. It can also be used in sous vide cooking. However, if you’re looking for an air-tight seal, you’ll want to check out our recommended vacuum sealers.

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