8 Foods You Should Never Freeze
Check out this slideshow to find out what leftovers can't survive a deep freeze.
Cooked Pasta or Rice
What happens: No amount of marinara sauce can save the mushy mess pasta becomes in the freezer.Credit: HellaWella
Icings Made From Egg Whites; Cream Pies
What happens: These desserts can become a melty, watery, separated disaster when frozen.Credit: HellaWella
Cheese in Blocks
What happens: Frozen cheese crumbles.Credit: HellaWella
What happens: It looses its signature crispness unless you fry it again, which just adds extra fat.Credit: HellaWella
What happens: Eggs in the shell will burst and explode, while cooked egg whites become tough and rubbery.Credit: HellaWella
What happens: It separates when frozen and thawed.Credit: HellaWella
What happens: Pepper, cloves, garlic, and some herbs tend to become strong and bitter. Curry develops a musty off-flavor, and salt loses its flavor.Credit: HellaWella
When you make enough soup to feed a family for months, you can just pop it into that time capsule we call a freezer.
But not every leftover can survive that deep freeze. Frozen food stored at a constant 0 degrees will always be safe, the U.S. Department of Agriculture explains — but that doesn't mean it will always be palatable.
Check out the list in our slideshow above before you pop something in the freezer to avoid an icky surprise in a few weeks!