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10 Foods You Should Never Put in Your Freezer

Have you placed one or more of these foods in the freezer? Uh oh!

Keeping food in the freezer can be the best way to make it last longer, but not every food can handle being frozen or can hold up after being defrosted.

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Today, we offer you a handy list of the foods you should never ever place in the freezer, unless you want to find some very unpleasant surprises which you won’t be able to touch, smell, or even look at.

#10 – Dairy Products

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Not all dairy products can handle being stored in the freezer, as some of these products can become watery and lose their texture and rich taste if left in the freezer. For example, Freezing sour cream will make it separate, which is simply gross. However, you can still freeze high-fat cream, whipped cream, and cream with sugar.

Also, you can freeze cheese, but only the variety that contains more than 40% of fat. Milk can also be frozen but only if it wasn’t removed from its original container. Although it’s not the best idea if you want to drink it straight because it will turn lumpy when thawed. But if you want to use the milk in cooking, thawed milk can do well.

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#9 – Raw Potatoes

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Potatoes are one of the foods that are not freezer friendly at all. Raw potatoes will turn black if you place them in the freezer! Moreover, potatoes have high water content, which means that ice crystals will build up when you put this veggie in the freezer and you’ll end up with a mushy potato when you thaw it. It’s best to store this veggie in a dry and cool place.

Besides, potatoes are known to for their ability to last longer than most other vegetables and fruits, so you can just consume them before they turn too soft or start to sprout. Remember that freezing raw potatoes is only going to ruin them. However, you can freeze potato puree, and it can last in the freezer for an amazing 4 to 6 months.

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#8 – Eggs

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Eggs do not belong in the freezer. Do you know how liquid expands when it turns solid? That’s exactly how raw eggs will expand when they’re frozen, the thing that can cause the shell to break. (In fact, this is the reason why you need to opt for appropriate containers and allow a little extra space when storing any liquids in the freezer.) Not to mention that your freezer will be filled with the nasty smell of rotten eggs. Also, frozen yolks will become gummy when thawed. The eggs are better off being stored in the main body of your refrigerator.

#7 – Canned goods

If you place the can in the freezer, the liquid inside is going to expand once frozen, which will cause the can to crack or even explode! (You sure don’t want to experience that.) Furthermore, canned foods that are frozen accidentally could put your health at risk. The USDA recommends checking out whether the can has rusted or burst, and in case the can is swollen, you should thaw it but inspect it to ensure it still looks and smells normal before eating. If you really need to freeze whatever is inside the can, transfer the goods to freezer-safe and airtight containers.

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#6 – Certain Vegetables

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Not all veggies can handle the being placed in the freezer, particularly the ones with high water content. Watery vegetables should never be put in your freezer because when they’re defrosted, they will lose both consistency and flavor. These veggies include salad greens, cucumbers, potatoes, and radishes. You will certainly throw them away after seeing what they look like after thawing. Basically, they’ll be wasted.

#5 – Badly Packaged Food

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You have to make sure that your food is in airtight or in properly wrapped containers before you place it in the freezer, otherwise, it may develop freezer burn. Although food which is afflicted with freezer burn can still be safe to eat, its color, smell, quality, and texture will be badly affected.

Any badly packaged food that’s left in the freezer will certainly look far less appetizing when you thaw it. Always recheck if the containers are properly sealed before putting them in the freezer (or anywhere else.)

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#4 – Hot Food

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It’s often extremely tempting to simply put your hot meal leftovers directly into the freezer once you’ve finished eating, and then close the door too rapidly so you won’t feel guilty about it. But it’s actually crucial to wait until the food has fully cooled down before you place it in the freezer. In fact, freezing food while it’s still hot will increase the freezer’s temperature and will eventually cause other food to partially defrost, resulting in a fast growth and spread of bacteria. Always cool your leftovers before you freeze them.

#3 – Thawed food

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Freezing thawed food once again could make you seriously sick. During the process of thawing, the microorganisms that didn’t die at low temperatures develop. So if you came to refreeze the food while it’s defrosting, the number of bacteria will increase and reach alarming and harmful levels. However, if you desperately need to re-freeze thawed food, you’ll need to cook it after thawing, then, you can re-put it in the freezer since the bacteria would have been destroyed during the cooking process.

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#2 – Breadcrumbs

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Breadcrumbs also shouldn’t be placed in the freezer. Of course, various recipes require breadcrumbs and it can be difficult to tell how much you’ll need before you start. So when you end up with a larger amount, you’re often tempted to store them for the next recipe by placing them in the freezer, which is a common mistake.

You need to know that breadcrumbs tend to become soft and develop an unpleasant texture (pasty) when placed in the freezer, so you should better make new and fresh ones for each time. This is also applies for dishes with breadcrumbs toppings. Defrost the food, then re-make the crumb topping.

#1 – Watery Fruits

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Keeping fruits that have high water content in the freezer will lead them to ice over, causing the fruits to soften and to become doughy. Once the ice melts upon defrosting, you’ll end up with some seriously unappetizing produce. Watery fruits include watermelon, cantaloupe, and apples
Actually, there’s no better way to turn fresh yummy fruits into a soggy and limp mess than placing them in the freezer.

Extra tips

  • You should always consume whatever you freeze within 9 months!
  • You should always let your food to thaw normally, for better results.
  • All food must be cool before going into the freezer.
  • It is recommended to use containers which are suitable for freezers.

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