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How can mold grow on food in the freezer?

I had corn tortillas stored in a zip-lock plastic bag in my freezer for a couple of weeks. When I got them out today, they were moldy! I put them in the freezer to prevent that problem; what happened?

asked by Bobette about 5 years ago

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added about 5 years ago

There are some bacteria/ molds that grow at certain temperatures. The one that causes the most food spoilage occurs at the medium range of 68-113 Farenheit range. These bacteria are known as mesophiles. They have molds and bacteria that grows at even hotter temperatures or in your case, colder (psychophiles aka cold-lovers). Either that, or it is just a collection of unknown materia (could be from packaging dye scrapings) that collected on the ice. Hope that helps.

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added about 5 years ago

I'd say your freezer doesn't work properly. To check, put in ice cubes in a bag / box, and check them. Once they aren't cubes anymore your freezer (and its contents) thawed.

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added about 1 month ago

The same thing has happened to me, twice, but only with the same brand of tortillas. (Trader Joes, I believe). It has also happened with their sourdough bread. I have bought these items fresh and put them in the freezer anywhere from right away, to within 24 hours. My freezer was working properly without any malfunctions. I am also wondering what would cause it?

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