Freezers make our lives easier in many ways and one of the biggest advantages of this electrical appliance is food storage. No matter how much excess food you buy, you know you can always dump it in the freezer and keep using it for several days. But is freezing food always a good idea? We seldom discuss the important considerations that must be kept in mind before freezing the food. There are some foods that you shouldn’t freeze as the freezing of these foods can ruin their nutritional content and texture. Some of such foods will be discussed in this article along with the reasons why freezing them is not a good idea.
Whole eggs are a complete no-no for putting into the freezer. The reason for this is that upon freezing, the egg expands. This expansion can lead to cracks in the eggshell. This ultimately leads to the formation of bacteria as the microbes are allowed to creep in through the cracks. Another reason why you shouldn’t freeze whole eggs is that the yolk of the egg thickens. This thickened egg yolk can become hard to mix and blend with the egg whites, making the eggs difficult to use and cook. If you desire to freeze your eggs, the best way is to crack them open, blend them, and store them in airtight containers. The other things that are made of eggs, including icings, sauces, etc. can also be ruined in texture if frozen.
Another item among the foods that you shouldn’t freeze is soft cheese. The types of soft cheese include goat, ricotta, brie, and cream cheese. Upon freezing, these cheeses can turn grainy, and their texture is completely destroyed. Hard cheeses, like cheddar cheese is considered to be safe for freezing, however, their texture also changes when it is defrosted. Most types of cheese are best to be stored in the refrigerator instead of the freezer.
Cream Based Products
Contrary to popular opinion, a freezer is not a very good storage place for cream-based products. Cream or anything made of cream is not safe to be stored in the freezer. I will tell you why cream, yogurt, sour milk, buttercream, custard or any other dairy products are not to be stored in the freezer. Upon freezing, small curds are formed in these foods. These curds can not be removed even upon thawing these items. This not only ruins the texture of these foods but also their taste. Resultantly, these foods are completely destroyed.
Mayonnaise – Another One Among The Foods That You Shouldn’t Freeze
If you have ever stored mayonnaise in the freezer, you probably would have noticed the change in texture. Although the texture of mayonnaise appears to be completely normal while frozen, you will notice a weird change in it upon thawing. The oil in the mayonnaise separates from the egg base and floats on the top. Though this mayonnaise will be completely safe to eat, it will not be very appetizing. The mayonnaise gains a clumpy liquid texture, making it inappropriate to be used in your burgers and sandwiches. Even if you try to return this mayonnaise to its original texture, it will only be a wastage of more ingredients as it won’t work.
Another item that is not safe to be stored in the freezer is potato. Freezing raw potatoes is not a very good idea and I will tell you why. Potatoes are a vegetable that has high water content. Upon freezing these potatoes can gain a softer texture because of the moisture present in them. Furthermore, upon thawing, the potatoes can change color and, in some cases, turn black. This makes the potatoes completely inedible. If you want to freeze your potatoes, make sure that you blanch them first. Blanched potatoes are not ruined in the freezer.
While peeled bananas are best to be stored in the freezer, it is not a very good idea to freeze whole bananas. Upon freezing, the peel of the bananas turns thin and black. Though they are still safe to eat, they are not very easy to be managed. The best way is to peel and cut your bananas into pieces and then freeze them. These frozen bananas can be later used to make smoothies and shakes. Also, you can use frozen bananas for your banana bread, or cookies or muffins. It is best to store bananas in airtight bags or containers. This process will make the bananas, not only safe to consume but also extremely easy to use.