This has always been a saying that stuck with me because up until I heard that, I did kind of think of my freezer as a magic box. A magic box that defied the laws of nature, just for me. A magic box that perfectly preserved anything that was left in its care. A magical place where time stopped indefinitely.

So ever since I realized there were limits to what my freezer could do, I started worrying about how long things could safely stay in there. I’ve been furtively searching for a definitive guide for a while now, so was very happy to find a website entitled the “National Center for Home Food Preservation”! They have an entire, and thorough, section devoted to your freezer. (I was also delighted to find the section on Curing and Smoking.)

Now my freezer is just a semi-magical box.