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Alcohol Drinks

Here’s Why You Should NEVER Store Premium Vodka In The Freezer

Almost everywhere I go, outside of a bar, I’ll see someone pulling out a bottle of vodka from their freezer right before serving it. Sure, it gives the alcoholic spirit a nice chill, but does storing it in a freezer actually do anything to enhance the quality of the drink?

Francois Thibault, the creator of Grey Goose Vodka, doesn’t seem to think so.

Thibault said that throwing your bottle in the freezer actually depreciates the quality of your vodka and that we’ve all been doing it wrong.

More premium vodkas should already have a naturally mild taste, so freezing it would only hide the “sophisticated aromas and flavors” of the alcohol, he told MSN. The Grey Goose creator added that keeping it at room temperature would also be a little aggressive.

Thibault said that the best temperature to store vodka is 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit because that is the temperature of slight dilution with ice in a glass. Freezing cheaper and low-quality vodkas will hide any “aggressive burning notes,” according to Thibault.

At the end of the day, the temperature you want to enjoy your vodka revolves around your personal preferences. Just know that sticking it in the freezer will have some dulling affects on your booze — especially if you’re spending extra on the premium stuff.

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Hacks

This Genius Hack Saves So Much Freezer Space

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While your Tupperware might work in your fridge, it’s not ideal for your freezer. If you’re anything like me, you keep everythingin the ice box,—from peas to ice cream and meal prep meals. (Try these easy meal plans!) It can get a little crowded. Up your freezer organization game with this easy trick to save you so much space.

How to Save Space in the Freezer

You’ll need large resealable plastic bags. Toss the boxes and wrappings from any prepared foods ASAP. Transfer to foods to the plastic bag, then lay them out flat on a cookie sheet. Take a rollin pin (or wine bottle) and carefully squeeze the air out of the bag. Freeze until solid, then stack away. If you’re worried about leakage for yummy soups or stews, double up the bags to be on the safe side.

Pro tip: To avoid the guessing game when it comes to expired food, write the date on the outside of the bag using a permanent marker. Refer to this guide to know when to toss.

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This hack will help out the smallest or the roomiest of freezers, and there’s way more that you can freeze than you probably realize.

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Article by Jacqueline Weiss from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Why You Should Be Sticking Coffee Beans In The Freezer

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Coffee lovers everywhere should be sticking their coffee beans into the freezer, at least according to a new study.

Many coffee drinkers already stick their coffee beans in the fridge to keep them fresh longer but a new study published in Scientific Reports suggests that keeping your coffee beans cold actually increases the flavor.

The researchers at University of Bath partnered with a local café to study the effects of grinding beans at different temperatures, studying four temperature variations ranging from the room temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) to a -196 degrees Celsius (-320.8 Fahrenheit.) In addition to the four temperature variations the researchers also used four different coffee bean variations.

Their research concluded that coffee bean particles get tighter with lower temperatures. This leads to more flavor for the same amount of coffee during the brewing process. In other words coffee consumers will get more bang for their bean and buck. The study also found the results of bean particle distribution to be separate from the beans origin and processing method.

Other factors that affect flavor include water chemistry and accessible surface area, but this new study is the first to find a link between temperature and flavor.  The study also says that smaller and more uniform coffee beans typically allow for better flavor extraction which results in more coffee and more flavor for beans.

The researchers used varieties ranging from light to medium roast, so it is unclear how more heavily decomposed beans, like a dark roast or French roast would be affected by temperature changes. Still, the researchers believe these results will influence both casual consumers and the coffee industry.