10 Foods You Should Never Put in the Freezer
Refrigeration is a godsend of a modern invention. It helps us keep food fresh for longer, and saves us from wasting leftover food which would otherwise have to be thrown away. We also tend to buy large amounts of food in advance, given our busy schedules, and store them in the fridge.
However, the common misconception is that if you stick it in the freezer, it’ll last even longer.
But contrary to popular belief, certain types of food won’t respond well to such cold temperatures, and therefore, must not be placed in the freezer. Other types of food may need special attention and care before being frozen. Here are some foods that you must take care before freezing and some that best kept away from the freezer:
Dairy products tend to extrude a lot of moisture and become watery when they are stored in the freezer. If they have a fat content higher than 40%, then it is alright to place them in the freezer, but only in their original containers and if they are unopened. Once they are opened, it is best to store them in the refrigerator section and use them up as quickly as possible.
Potatoes tend to turn dark brown or black when they are stored in the freezer. The best way to preserve them for long periods of time is to cook and puree them. Potato puree can be frozen for up to 4-6 months, so if you need to stock up on some baby food or save yourself some time during a dinner party or the holidays, this Is a great do-ahead option for you!
Eggs are best stored at room temperature, or if you must refrigerate them, keep them away from the icy cold depths of the freezer! Freezing them can cause the egg yolk to go gummy and disgusting when they thaw. And if you freeze them in the shell, there is a possibility that the shell cracks, as raw eggs tend to swell when frozen.
Liquid, typically when frozen tends to expand, which is why you’re told never to freeze water in a glass dish (unless it’s a freezer safe dish). This expansion could cause glass dishes to crack, even plastic and metal. This is why you should never freeze canned goods. The liquid inside will increase in volume and you might need to call the bomb squad following an explosion. Besides, there is no need to freeze canned goods, as they are already preserved and meant to have a pretty long shelf life.
Certain vegetables, mostly leafy greens, and few others like cucumbers and radishes, that are high in water content must not be frozen, as they will lose their flavor and texture as they defrost and all the moisture comes out. If I’m going to have salad for lunch, it better not be a bland, soggy, limp mess!
Just as most foods tend to lose moisture as they defrost, so do bread and breadcrumbs. They tend to go pasty and soft when they thaw, which means you won’t get the maximum crunch factor. It’s a better idea to freeze your meat or other food and crumb it later after you’ve defrosted it and given it a good pat with a clean kitchen towel.
Fruits that are made up mostly of water, just like vegetables of similar properties do not react well to being frozen. Fruits like watermelons, cantaloupes, and grapes, will become softer when they are stored in the freezer and might feel dry and rubbery once thawed.
Foods Already Frozen and Thawed
When you freeze food, especially meat, certain microorganism live on in low temperatures. In fact, they thrive in the cold, and when you defrost it, they come to life. If food is frozen and thawed once, and then frozen and thawed again, the chances of higher amounts of bacteria being present in your food are pretty substantial.
Putting hot food into the freezer is a rookie mistake! Not only does it harm your refrigerator, it also will cause a temporary increase of the temperature inside your freezer, which is enough of an interval for bacteria to start growing on all the foods in there. So, exercise a little patience when it comes to chucking your leftovers in the fridge or freezer and wait until they have completely cooled down.
Improperly Packaged Foods
Freezer burn, although sounds painful, isn’t something that occurs to our body, but to the food that we put in there without covering it properly. The taste and smell may be dulled and affected by the freezer, and the texture and color will also have been altered. Not very appealing, if you ask me!