What foods should never be frozen?

The freezer is a great place to preserve food you want to save for later especially when people take fewer grocery trips and buy lots of food in times of Covid-19 and the resulting uncertainties. However, it’s not ideal for all foods and keeping the wrong food in the freezer can lead to health risks or gross meals.

Here are some of the things that you shouldn’t be sticking in the freezer:

1)Potatoes

Potatoes have a high water content, so after being stored in the freezer you could be left with mushy potatoes. Cooked potatoes however won’t be as mushy as raw potatoes so if you’re cooking a meal with potatoes and you’re hoping to freeze the leftovers, go for it.

2)Fried foods

If you’re planning to fry food and stick the leftovers in the freezer, this might not be a good idea. Sorry mozzarella sticks! When said fried foods are thawed after being in the freezer, they lose their crunch end up being mushy and soft fried food just isn’t it.

3)Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables that have high water content such as celery, cucumber, lettuce, radishes, melon become limp when stored in the freezer. When cooking with these vegetables, the end result will be soggy and limp and no one likes soggy veggies.

This goes the same for fresh, crisp greens since they will lose a lot of flavor in the process and yield watery, wilted and limp leaves.

4)Milk

Milk stored in the freezer can separate into watery parts and chunks when thawed. The separation depends on the amount of fat content- so the higher the fat content the more it separates. 

5)Cream based products

Cream-based products (sour cream, light cream, yoghurt, custards) just like milk separate into chunks and watery parts when frozen.

6)Pasta

When you freeze leftover cooked pasta and thaw it, it gets soggy. Despite the fact that it doesn’t have any health risks you might not want to eat it. Slightly uncooked pasta freezes well though compared to its well-cooked counterpart.

7)Rice

Like pasta, freezing cooked rice is never a good idea since it becomes soggy and flavorless.

8)Mayonnaise and mayo-based salads

Freezing makes mayonnaise become clumpy instead of the creaminess it normally has. If you don’t want a spread that has the same texture as cottage cheese the opt out of putting your jar in the freezer.

The same goes for when you stick mayonnaise based salads in the freezer. Since it has mayonnaise, the salad will now consist of the clumpy mayonnaise.  

9)Eggs

Eggs expand when frozen and this may cause the shell to break and cause a leaky mess in your freezer. However, if you want to freeze eggs make sure to remove the shell, separate the egg whites and yolks into different freezer storage bags and just put them in the freezer.

10)Cooked egg whites

It is not advisable to put cooked egg whites in the freezer since they become rubbery and watery therefore you will not be able to eat them.

This also applies with hard- or soft-boiled eggs.

11)Cream based soups and sauces

Soups with any kind of cream or milk base separate with freezing. This leads to a grainy textured soup that will probably end up down the drain after thawing. Freezing these soups before adding the dairy can prevent this from happening and when reheating it you can just mix it in.

12)Fresh tomatoes

It is never a good idea to freeze fresh tomatoes because once they are defrosted they become a slimy mess. Cooked tomatoes are however usually fine to freeze.

13)Spices

Listen, the freezer is not the place to store these seasonings so it might be time to clean them out. The flavor can change in items like garlic, pepper and clove when frozen, so a cool, dry cabinet is the ideal storage spot for them instead.

14)Cheese

Some cheeses become mealy while others turn heavy and dense but it all ultimately comes down to the fact that freezing cheese changes its texture. For the most part, cheeses can last for months when properly stored so you don’t have to worry about freezing them.

15)Gravy

If you thicken your gravy with flour or cornstarch, it is not going to be freezer friendly since it is going to separately awkwardly.

16)Popcorn kernels

Freezing kernels reduces the moisture levels and guess what? They need moisture to pop!

17)Canned goods

Freezing canned foods is a no-go. When the liquid inside freezes, the can will expand and likely explode, leaving you with an entire mess to clean up. Storing them in cool, dry places might be ideal instead since they are usually manufactured to last for quite some time.

Here is a video if you wish to know more about foods you shouldn’t be putting in the freezer.