This work presents a comprehensive overview of existing knowledge regarding the influence of freezing, frozen storage and thawing of specific food-stuffs. It delineates how freezing processes alter the colour, appearance, palatability, nutritional value, intrinsic chemical reactions, microbiological safety and consumer acceptance of foods. The fundamental concepts upon which food-freezing technologies are based, are reviewed.
Fundamentals of food freezing: fundamental aspects of the freezing process. Muscle food products: red meats; poultry and poultry products; fish and seafoods; cured and processed meats. Fruits and vegetables: fruits; vegetables. Dairy and egg products: freezing of dairy products; effects of freezing, frozen storage and thawing on eggs and egg products. Cereals and baked products: effects of freezing, frozen storage and thawing on dough and baked goods.