Buying in bulk and freezing the excess inventory is a great strategy for saving money on groceries. Luckily, there are methods for freezing and preserving all sorts of different foods and produce. But a word to the wise — some items should never be frozen.
According to The Kitchn, food with a high moisture content (like cucumbers and watermelon) do not freeze well. Same goes for creamy foods (like custards and yogurt). The texture and consistency changes once thawed. Read on for a handy list of foods that don't belong in your freezer.
1. Leafy greens and some fresh produce
Women's Health agrees with The Kitchn and advises you not to freeze any produce that is water-rich. This includes apples, leafy greens and potatoes. Unless you plan to blend or cook the frozen produce later, the freezing and thawing process will leave you with chewy or limp messes.
2. Creamy foods and condiments
As mentioned above, The Kitchn advises against freezing creamy foods. This includes soft cheeses, cottage cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and yogurt. If you freeze these items you'll see separation and curdling. The exception? When used in cooking. A casserole made with sour cream will likely still taste just fine, but a yogurt cup tossed in the freezer won't have the same consistency thawed.
3. Eggs in the shell
Save the Student advises not to freeze eggs in the shell. According to Women's Health, raw eggs can crack, inviting bacteria to grow inside the egg. Hardboiled eggs become rubbery and unappetizing. Cracked eggs, however, can be frozen so long as they are also mixed.
4. Defrosted meats and seafood
Moving your meat back into the freezer after defrosting it is a big no-no. Women's Health says, "all of that back-and-forth gives bacteria too much time to reproduce and grow, putting you at risk for food borne illness."
Eating Well explains, "Coffee shouldn’t be stored in the freezer—especially dark roasts. The oils that make them so special break down in freezing temperatures, allowing the coffee to readily absorb off- flavors." According to Blue Bottle Coffee, the best way to store your beans is in a dark, air-tight container where the temperature remains stable.