While buying in bulk and freezing certain foods is a great way to save money and stay stocked up in the kitchen, there are some foods that just shouldn’t go in the freezer, whether for safety or quality reasons. Let’s take a look at 7 foods you should keep out of the freezer:
- Fruits and Veggies with High Water Content: fruits like melons and veggies like celery, cucumbers and lettuce shouldn’t be frozen because they’ll end up limp and soggy when you finally unthaw them.
- Cream-based Products: things like sour cream, light cream, yogurt and custards will end up separating when they’re frozen, so keep these guys out of the freezer.
- Soft Cheese: while hard cheeses, like cheddar, swiss and parmesan, are great when saved in the freezer, cheeses like cream cheese, cottage cheese and goat’s cheese shouldn’t be stored in the freezer.
- Fried Foods: these foods will end up soggy when unthawed, so you’ll lose all that fried goodness.
- Gravy: gravies and sauces that have been thickened with flour or corn starch will separate when frozen.
- Cooked Pasta: this will get really soggy when you try to unthaw it. If you really want to freeze cooked pasta, make sure it’s slightly undercooked to get better results.
- Eggs in the Shell: you can remove these from their shell, mix them together and freeze in an ice cube tray, for example, and they’ll keep for about a year. But whole eggs in the shell should never go in the freezer.
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