Foods You Should Never Keep Frozen

 

Freezing anything is expected to be the simplest way to extend the shelf-life. Well, why not? But one important factor that we miss out on is the process. This essential factor keeps the food intact without changing its conformation. So here are fifteen foods that must not go into the freezer as a whole as they are!

Dairy Products

  1. Milk

Milk is a colloidal substance partly composed of water. So when you freeze it, the water part freezes separately to some extent, resulting in losing the overall flavor. So once it is thawed, it is unlikely to taste normal. However, they are fine if you want them for milkshakes and other cooking purposes, as other ingredients can balance the taste. 

  1. Cheese 

Similar to milk, the cheese also loses flavor as it is frozen. Its texture hardens, and the development of the ice crystals makes it crumbly when thawed. The freezing also halts the ripening process as the microbes become dormant after a particular temperature. Hence, freezing improves the shelf life of cheese but at the expense of the flavor. 

  1. Sour Cream

Sour cream also is not ideal for freezing, though you can refrigerate them to extend the shelf life. Freezing tampers with the texture of the cream and can change the flavor. 

Vegetables

  1. Water-rich Vegetables

You would have noticed the vegetables towed away in the fridge for weeks turn soggy. It is because the water in them starts freezing. And once taken out, the water melts and makes the vegetables unfit for consumption. The same happens in the freezing process.  

  1. Herbs and Leaves

Leaves are best when fresh. Leaving them for even a few hours makes them dry and lose their flavor quickly. At the maximum, you can use them for two months if the freezing is the correct temperature and the leaves are in an air-tight container. Hence, the best alternative to fresh leaves would be dried ones. 

  1. Potatoes

The frozen potatoes before frying sure enhance the flavor. But freezing them to store them is not ideal. The potatoes have water and starch content, which separates on freezing. Thus, if you want to keep them, you should remove the water either by partial cooking or drying. 

Cooked Meals/ Foods

  1. Curry

Curries are not ideal to be preserved for a long time. Instead, try cooking side dishes that can be heated later and mixed to make the food. The spices that go into it, with the water content in the food itself, make it a potent mix that can go wrong. 

  1. Dairy-based Food

Like how raw milk and other dairy products suffer from a change in texture after freezing. The different ingredients freeze differently; hence they separate, leaving it unappetizing for consumption. 

  1. Fried Foods

I am not a fan of wet foods. And I believe you, too, won’t want to eat soggy fried food. The freezing essentially draws moisture content in the food and freezes it. Hence, even if you thaw it by any possible means, you are unlikely to enjoy the crispy flavor again. 

  1. Frozen Foods

Once defrosted, you should consume the food. Each time you take out a frozen item, you initiate thawing, which invites the microbes to grow on them. 

  1. Hot Foods

Allow the food to cool down before putting them in the fridge. Though it does not affect the quality of the food itself, it affects the other food items, as it can promote partial thawing in them. 

Others

  1. Eggs

The eggs don’t work well in the freezer—especially the hard-boiled ones. The water freezes, making the egg expand. This will crack the eggshells and draw in microbes. 

  1. Honey

Pure honey usually won’t affect freezing temperatures. However, most of them aren’t. The sugar crystals start to separate and settle down when you freeze them. So, though it technically won’t change the composition, it is not as it should be. 

  1. Garlic

They change flavor once they are frozen. They turn bitter as they freeze over time. Hence, it is better to store them at room temperature in dry conditions. 

  1. Mayonnaise

As a processed food that includes eggs, mayonnaise is also a big no-no when freezing. The freezing will separate the ingredients, making them not fit for consumption.  

Conclusion

Some products featured on the list may seem fine for others, like milk and cheese. However, the difference lies in their uses. For example, thawed milk is fine if you use them for milkshakes. However, they’ll never replicate the flavor of the original. However, some food products are the best fit if not frozen, as freezing will make them unfit for consumption. However, in all cases, freezing increases the shelf life. Hence, if you don’t mind the taste, they are acceptable for consumption as long as you store them correctly!