A refrigerator is a staple appliance in Filipino households. It keeps our drinks cold and our food fresh and safe to consume anytime we’re ready to eat it. Especially during the pandemic, when people started buying in bulk because of quarantine restrictions, homeowners have been filling their ref with various items and products. However, did you know that some items need not be refrigerated? Moreover, some food items should not be stored in the freezer compartment, not just to save space, but because it may affect their quality.
Here are some items that should not be included in your freezer food list.
Milk in carton curdles when placed in the freezer and taken out to thaw. Curdled milk is dangerous to consume as it can cause digestive problems—vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. Sipping a bit is fine, but if you ingest a large enough quantity, it can cause food poisoning.
- Fried food
You can store fried food in the freezer, but doing so will make it lose its crunchiness. What is fried food without the crisp, right?
Iced coffee is great, but not frozen coffee grounds and beans. Aside from catching a freezer smell, your coffee will also have a weird taste when frozen.
Fruits are best stored in the ref’s crisper. When you place them in the freezer, they will not only change their form but also lose some of their nutritional values.
- Noodles or Pasta
Whether cooked or uncooked, pasta and noodles don’t belong in the freezer, as they may get mushy once you take them out.
- Tomato Sauce
When frozen and then thawed, the water, vinegar, and tomato paste that make up tomato sauce separate, making it almost inedible.
The cold temperature may make eggs expand and their shells explode.
Top Tips for Storing Food in Freezer
Now that you know some of the common items that should not be on the refrigerator food list for your freezer, here are some tips on storing food in your freezer.
- Cool hot food before freezing. Hot food will raise the temperature of the freezer and defrost other items in the freezer.
- Secure food with a wrap or place it in a container to avoid water from escaping. When water escapes from your food, it becomes dehydrated and affects its flavors.
- Label your food. When everything has been covered with frost, it may be difficult to tell which food is inside what container. Also, indicate when it was frozen, so you know whether it is still safe to consume or if you need to throw it away.
- Use plastic bins to better organize your freezer. If you have a lot of items in your freezer, some items may be pushed deep into the back. When this happens, some items may be out of your attention until they are no longer consumable. Plastic bins allow you to pull out the bins quickly and easily audit your stocks.
- Check expiration dates before freezing. Don’t waste valuable freezer storage with food items that are already beyond their best-before date.
- Throw away food if you are unsure if they are still safe to eat. A freezer only prevents microorganisms from growing, but it does not kill what is already in your food.
Best Freezer Recommendations for Filipinos
If you’re looking for a freezer for your home or business, then we have great recommendations for you from the top manufacturer of a refrigerator in the Philippines—Condura.
The Condura Negosyo Inverter Upright Freezer Pro is one of them. Its inverter compressor and Rollbond Technology can give you up to 60% more savings.
This freezer is built with negosyantes in mind, so it has deeper shelves to store more food items. You can store a lot of items from your top frozen foods list in the Philippines. The bigger the inventory, the higher the sales for you.
And because we know that a refrigerator for business should last longer than a ref for home use, it comes with 10 years warranty on the compressor and 3 years warranty on system parts and labor. You can focus on your business and not worry about your ref being unavailable to use.
Another great product is the Condura Ultima No Frost Inverter Bottom Freezer. Say yes to more storage as it has the biggest freezer size among 9 cu.ft. bottom freezers—it can house up to 84 liters of food items. Meanwhile, the 12 cu.ft. model can house up to 97 liters.
Despite its large storage space, this no frost refrigerator consumes less electricity. Thanks to its high energy efficiency factors, the electricity it consumes costs as low as only P6 per day based on Meralco Average Daily Rate (PHP 9.9468) from October-December (CBF-254i Model).
You can trust Condura Ultima No Frost Bottom Freezer’s Ultrafreeze Technology in maintaining the nutrition of your newly stored meat and fish. The texture and quality of meats are also well-preserved so you can enjoy healthy yet tasteful meals!
What’s more, it’s made with glass to exude class. The Condura Ultima No Frost Bottom Freezer CBF-254i model has a jet black glass finish, a first of its kind for 9 cu. ft. bottom freezers in the Philippines. It is designed to complement any type of kitchen style because of its sleek glass doors that are easy to clean and scratch-resistant.
Being a Filipino brand, Condura knows the Filipinos’ unique needs. That’s why it provides top-notch home solutions for the Filipino family. If you want to know more about our offerings, you can check our website, and once you are ready, you can buy directly from our online stores (Condura e-store, Lazada Flagship Store, and Shopee Mall) or from our dealer partners’ online stores and physical stores.