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Don't Freeze That!

March 2013

When your freezer is one of your go-to tools for preserving homemade or abundant foods to enjoy later — like on a busy weeknight when time is short — it’s natural to want to freeze all your favorite foods.

But some foods and ingredients don’t belong in the freezer; the result won’t whet anyone’s appetite.

Don’t freeze:

  • Fresh lettuces — leaves go limp, discolor and develop off aromas and flavors
  • Salad dressing — separates, gets watery, develops bad or bitter flavor
  • Sour cream, mayonnaise — they separate and get watery, develop off flavors
  • Cheese, crumb toppings — they get soggy and gummy
  • Garlic — it gets overly strong and bitter
  • Desserts with meringue — custards separate, meringue weeps and gets rubbery

Now that we’ve covered some of the “don’ts,” don’t miss our post about freezing fresh produce so you’ll be sure your fruits and veggies are delicious and nutritious when you’re ready to enjoy them! (And check out the comments below for some "Freezer Fail" posts that earned a free Organic Step Forward shopping bag for 5 lucky users.)

Get more “don’t freeze” tips (and good food preservation info) at the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

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