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Video:Tips for Freezing Chicken

with Stephanie Gallagher

When freezing chicken, it's important to do it correctly so that you don't get freezer burn. Here are some video tips on how to freeze chicken properly.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Freezing Chicken

Hi, I'm Stephanie Gallagher for About.com, and today, I'll give you some tips for freezing chicken.

How to Freeze Chicken

The key to freezing chicken is to wrap it tightly in either plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and then put it in a freezer bag. You can either keep the chicken in its supermarket packaging or take it out and wrap it separately. Either way, you want to keep as much air away from the chicken as possible. This is what causes freezer burn. Now, you can freeze cooked chicken as well as raw chicken, but the important thing to remember is to allow it to cool completely to room temperature before freezing. When wrapping cooked chicken, the process is the same. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and to be extra safe, place it in a leak-proof container.

How to Thaw Frozen Chicken

Now, you can freeze raw chicken for up to nine months and cooked chicken for up to four months. You also want to label the chicken, so you can easily keep track of what's in your freezer. Now remember, the freezing process doesn't destroy bacteria. It only renders them inactive and keeps them from multiplying. So it's important to follow the same good, safe handling procedures you would with unfrozen poultry. Wash your hands before and after handling the chicken. Cook it to the proper temperature. And place the chicken on a tray in the fridge to catch any drippings while it's defrosting. And the good news is when you follow these simple tips, your chicken will taste just as juice and tender as if you never froze it.

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