Foods Not To Freeze It’s A Short List

Part of a series on How To Save Money On Your Grocery Bill

There are only a few foods that do not freeze well because they go through major or minor texture changes that affect the way they taste and reduces their use as a food or an ingredient.

raw vegetables
Raw vegetables may not freeze well.

Revised July 30, 2020 – Originally published May 21, 2020 Deborah Esplin

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Here we look at this shortlist of foods that do not freeze well. Plus, there are tips for how to use foods that don’t freeze well like fruits and vegetables.

Why Freeze Foods?

Why do you want to freeze foods? Freezing extends the shelf life of foods and protects foods from bacteria growth. It is a great way to have food on hand, ready-for-use, and of good quality.

In the previous Blog, Buying Strategies To Save Money On Your Grocery Bill , there are tips for how to save money on your food budget. Following these tips means that you will be buying more food and for the perishable foods, freezing is a good strategy to keep them fresh and safe.

In this time of the Pandemic 2020, COVID 19, getting groceries in the house can be a challenge. If you can buy in larger quantities, then you have foods on hand, even if the grocery store has run out, you save money and you reduce waste.

Foods Not To Freeze

These foods do not freeze well, because they go through major texture changes, that will affect their appearance, their taste, and their usefulness. However, it is a very shortlist.

Raw potatoes                                                        Freshly prepared salads

Sandwiches made with mayonnaise         Anything made with mayonnaise

Cooked egg whites                                            Frosting/icing made with raw egg whites

Home-made fried foods                                    Gelatin/Jello

Carbonated drinks                                                Hard-boiled eggs


Foods You Can Freeze With A Caveat – Texture Changes

These foods can be frozen and used, but their uses are limited slightly because they do go through small texture changes.

  • Raw vegetables/ salad greens
    • They go mushy, but they can be used in soups/cooked foods and smoothies
  • Raw fruits
    • They go mushy, but they can be used in pies/smoothies
  • Sour cream
    • Some separation occurs, but it can be used in soups/sauces
  • Fresh soft cheese
    • There will be some water separation
  • Heavy cream
    • Will not whip as well
  • Raw egg yolks
    • Texture hardens slightly
  • Raw eggs out of the shell
    • Fine for baking when a high rise is not needed
  • Meringue
    • Don’t let them absorb humidity while thawing

There isn’t much you can’t freeze. If you are going to freeze an uncooked meal, do note that it won’t work if the food contains ingredients that are on the ‘Do Not Freeze’ or ‘Freeze With A Caveat’ lists.

For example, you can freeze raw pizza, but if there are raw vegetables on it, especially ones with a high water content like tomatoes, the water will be released during freezing and make the pizza mushy. For raw pizza, raw vegetables should be added after freezing and thawing and just before cooking. Or you can use dried vegetables on the pizza before you freeze it.

Once the meal is cooked, you can freeze almost anything, with the exception of cooked egg whites and anything made with mayonnaise or whipped cream. Do not freeze canned foods, unless they are removed from the can.

Foods Not Freeze Tips Summary

    1. Some foods have major texture changes after freezing and freezing is not advised.
    2. Some foods have minor texture changes and can be used in some applications.
    3. Shell eggs before freezing.

Check out my video on this topic:

Here is a link to the next topic in this blog series: You Can Freeze Almost Any Food.

Check out posts on other topics here: Blog Table of Contents.

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