8 Foods You Should Never Freeze

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8 Foods You Should Never Freeze

Check out this slideshow to find out what leftovers can't survive a deep freeze.

Lettuce, Cucumbers, Celery, Onions, Sweet Peppers

What happens: These veggies quickly lose their color, texture, and flavor in the freezer, according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

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Cooked Pasta or Rice

What happens: No amount of marinara sauce can save the mushy mess pasta becomes in the freezer.

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Icings Made From Egg Whites; Cream Pies

What happens: These desserts can become a melty, watery, separated disaster when frozen.

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Cheese in Blocks

What happens: Frozen cheese crumbles.

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Fried Food

What happens: It looses its signature crispness unless you fry it again, which just adds extra fat.

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What happens: Eggs in the shell will burst and explode, while cooked egg whites become tough and rubbery.

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Sour Cream

What happens: It separates when frozen and thawed.

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Most Spices

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.

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When you make enough soup to feed a family for months, you can just pop it into that time capsule we call a freezer.

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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!

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