What Not To Freeze

List of things you may not freeze

We at Research Maniacs believe in preserving as much as possible and we use the freezer everyday. We love the freezer, however there are certain things that are not worth freezing. We tried freezing a lot of different foods, and not all were successful. Here is a list of "what not to freeze" so you don't waste your time or food.

Some people do not like to freeze cheese because it becomes a little soggy. We tend to agree with them, if you plan on eating the cheese uncooked after it has been defrosted. However, we think it depends on what you are going to use the cheese for. If it is for sprinkling on pizza or melted in Mexican Food or other cooked food, then it is fine to use defrosted cheese.

Creams, toppings, and fillings
Creams and fillings that you use on top of or inside of cakes are not very freezable. Basically, any icing made from egg whites will not freeze well. It separates and sometimes even becomes lumpy. Who wants a birthday cake with lumpy cream on top? Anyone? Anyone?

Your freezer will not be kind to your eggs. May it be raw eggs, fried eggs, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, egg whites, or any other cooked egg product. We tried different kinds! Eggs become watery, rubbery, spongy, and just yuck! In some countries they do not even refrigerate their eggs.

Mayonnaise, salad dressing and sour cream
Creamy things like mayonnaise, salad dressing, and sour cream separate and become watery if frozen. Mayonnaise may be one of the items that ruined Kelly's sandwich described below.

Cooked spaghetti noodles, elbow noodles, macaroni, and even rice do not keep their consistency very well when frozen. They become mushy and have a weird texture. Eating reheated frozen spaghetti noodles is like munching on worms. Well.we haven't actually eaten worms, but you know what we mean. Certain things like rice are just easier to make than preserve anyway. Like see how easy it is to cook rice: How to cook rice

Our Friend Kelly told us that not too long ago they had a special for a 12-inch sandwich at her local sandwich shop. She could not eat the whole thing so she decided to freeze half of it. The result in her words "DO NOT FREEZE SANDWICHES". The bread gets soggy from the other stuff in it. It was just a mess and she had to throw it out. Maybe this is why Kelly is on a Gluten free diet now. Check out: "Why is Gluten bad?"

We do not recommend freezing spices. They seem to change flavor completely, or become weaker/stronger. Bottom line, the spice will change somewhat. Because of this, you may want to consider not spicing food you intend to freeze very much, but instead, spice it after the food has been defrosted. Anyway, you may want to experiment with freezing spices, as you may like the change in flavor. You may like bitter pepper or strong garlic?!?

In general, it is OK to freeze vegetables. They do lose some of their flavor and maybe some nutritional value, but overall, freezing is a good way to preserve vegetables. There are some exceptions. Stay away from freezing very water- filled vegetables like cucumbers, cabbage, and celery. Even lettuce and radishes may not be that great to freeze. They all become even more watery than they already are, and sometimes they discolor and change aroma.

So now you have an idea of "what not to freeze". We recommend that you experiment, too. You may like some of the interesting changes a freezer can do to food. Furthermore, your food recipes differ from ours. Your food may act differently to being frozen than ours, because you use different ingredients.

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