Your freezer is a great tool for preserving and ensuring that foods do not get spoilt. With this in the mind of many, they keep every food in the freezer. This is actually wrong.
There are certain foods that shouldn’t be kept in the freezer as this can lead to the growth of bacteria or even health risks. Jumia Food, Nigeria’s no 1 food ordering platform, highlights some of the foods you should not keep in your freezer.
Potatoes have high water content, so after being stored in the freezer, you could be left with a mushy, soft potato. Potatoes are best kept in a cool, dry place. If you really want to freeze them, you should try cooking them first.
- Fried foods
Foods that are fried will lose their crunchy taste if you put the leftovers in the freezer. The best advice is to eat all of your fried food in one go or fry the ones you can eat.
- Eggs in their shell
You should never keep eggs that are still in their eggs in the freezer. The water content inside the egg expands when frozen, which can cause the outer shell to crack and be vulnerable to bacteria. If you want to freeze your eggs, always take them out of the shell, mix until well blended and put in the freezer.
- Cooked rice and pasta
Freezing cooked rice and pasta is never a good idea. It becomes mushy and flavourless. In the end, you will have no choice than to throw it away.
- Raw fruits and veggies
Any vegetable or fruit that has a high water concentration, like cucumber, tomatoes, salad greens, and watermelon will not survive the freezer because the water inside quickly allows them to become mushy.
- Dairy products
Dairy products should never be kept in the freezer because it forces the enzymes in dairy to separate. If you do not want your milk, yoghurt and cheese to become watery, do not put it in the freezer.
- Contributed by Ogunfowoke Adeniyi, PR associate, Jumia Travel