This is a short FYI on what things you shouldn’t freeze. As always I explore ideas that I have little knowledge of or would like to be more well informed about.
You can freeze:
- hard cheeses – to give them additional life, but usually they last pretty long anyway.
- eggs in their shells- they lose their consistency and can crack. If you want to freeze eggs break them into a freezer bag and scrabble them.
- milk or cream – they can separate
- pepper corns
- green pepper
- imitation vanilla
Fresh Vegetables and Fruit
- fresh lettuce
- fresh spinach
- fresh cabbage
- any leafy vegetable
- potatoes – they get grainy and soft
- cooked vegetables
I can’t find any fish or meat products that can’t be frozen but be aware that freezing does NOT kill harmful bacteria, it only slows the growth. So never refreeze fish or meat that has defrosted or has been frozen before. You can cook it, then freeze it again. The cooking process kills the bacteria and gives you a fresh start if cooked properly.
raw fish over night before eating as sashimi or sushi, because the freezing kills the parasites in the flesh.
- Fried foods, especially deep fried foods, they will taste stale
- Gravies and sauces with wheat in them will tend to separate
- Cooked pasta will get very mushy
- Crumb toppings on casseroles will get soggy. Wait to add the crumbs until you are ready to reheat to serve
- Soft cake frostings will get tacky and might separate
- Artificial sweeteners (why would you want to eat them any how) will lose their effectiveness when frozen.