We tend to forget that the freezer is a modern marvel. In days of yore, you’d have to pay a king’s ransom just to get a handful of ice. Today, you can keep a pizza edible for months, and not bat an eye. As cool as the freezer is, there are items that if you put in there may pose a potential harm to you and your family. There are also items that just become disgusting after thawing. Finally, there are myths we encountered that are just strange.
1. Eggs in their shells
While eggs pack a lot of protein, they’re 90 percent water. When you freeze an egg, that water content will expand and crack the shell. Once the shell is compromised, the second the eggs begin to thaw bacteria will get into the yolk, which could make you sick, according to the USDA.
Just like with champagne, beer bottles and cans can explode if left in the freezer too long.
3. Canned Goods
Canned goods have the same problem as eggs. The liquid inside expands and punctures the can. Not only can bacteria get inside, but also the jagged metal can cut you, according to Delish.
Freezing coffee grounds and beans will not make them last longer. In fact, the constant freezing and thawing will rob coffee of its flavor, according to the folks at Epicurious
5. Fried Food
You can’t turn back the clock. After food has been fried, it’s a countdown to mush. Putting it in the freezer will just make it worse.
If you put regular yogurt in the freezer, the water and fats are going to separate, causing the milk component of the yogurt to curdle when it thaws, according to Delish
Duracell recommends that you do not put your batteries in the freezer. The condensation that builds up in your freezer may corrode your batteries.
Some older literature suggests putting tights and pantyhoses in the freezer to prevent runs. In theory, chilling fabric causes the fibers to bunch closer together, making the overall item stronger. However, unless you work in freezer, that affect would disappear after a few minutes of putting your tights on.
9. Denim Jeans
There’s a myth out there that putting your jeans in the freezer will clean them. The problem with that is the bacteria that cause odor only go dormant when chilled. Once the jeans get warm, they’ll start to smell again. Instead, trying washing them.