Iceland: how do I collect and distribute frozen food?
Freezing acts as a ‘pause button’ on the shelf life of food. So, if the food is already frozen or is suitable for freezing, it’s a great way to redistribute more food.
When you collect frozen food from the store, it should be in transit for the minimum time possible (and max. 1.5 hours). When you arrive home, you have two options;
You can either keep the food in the refrigerator at 5°c max until completely defrosted and distribute within 24 hours, or
you can freeze the food at a temperature of -18°c and distribute it within 1 month.
For example, if you collected ice cream from a store, this should be in transit for the minimum time possible (and a maximum of 1.5 hours) and then stored in your freezer at -18°c when you arrive home. If you collected a frozen lasagna, this would be the same transit time and it would be possible to defrost in the refrigerator at 5°c max and then distribute within 24 hours.