10 Things in Your Freezer You Should Toss Out

Expired Items: Any food that's past its expiration date should be discarded. While freezing can extend a food's life, it doesn't stop quality degradation indefinitely.

Freezer Burned Foods: While freezer burn doesn’t make food unsafe, it affects taste and texture, making food dry and bland.

Unidentifiable Foods: If you can’t remember how long an item has been in the freezer or what it is, it’s safer to throw it out. Always label and date your frozen foods to avoid this.

Ice Cream with Ice Crystals: Ice cream that has thawed and refrozen may develop ice crystals and lose its creamy texture, indicating it's time to toss it.

Meat That Has Been Frozen for Too Long: While frozen meat can last for months, quality decreases over time.

Old Frozen Vegetables: If they’ve been in the freezer for more than a year, they might have lost much of their nutritional value and texture, making them less appetizing and potentially worth discarding.

Previously Frozen and Thawed Raw Foods: Refreezing raw foods that have been thawed can lead to texture and taste degradation, as well as potential food safety issues.

Prepared Meals That Look or Smell Off: Any signs of spoilage or off-odors in prepared meals should be a clear indicator to discard them, even if they've been kept frozen.

Old Packaged Foods with Discoloration: Discoloration can be a sign of freezer burn or age, indicating it's time for the food to go.

Any Food with Signs of Contamination: If there’s any indication that food has been contaminated—such as by a torn package or exposure to raw meats—it’s safer to dispose of it to avoid foodborne illnesses.

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