4. Coffee Beans and Ice Cubes
Both of these products will absorb the flavors and odors of the foods next to them, so before long they will not taste too good. This happens when freezer temperatures are not in the correct range or the freezer is too packed. Coffee will get stale and pick up moisture, which will degrade your coffee’s taste and flavor (unless you have a vacuum-sealed package that can last up to a year).
Toss any coffee bags that have already been open for several months. Keeping coffee in a dark cool place may be better than the freezer.
Clean and refill ice cubes every month or two unless you use sealed ice cube trays.
3. Pastries and Salads
Freezing baked goods is a bad idea, especially if they were prepared with custard filling. Same goes for salads with lettuce or mayonnaise. The oils will separate and will not taste good. So, if you have them in the freezer, toss them out. Best to keep these items in the refrigerator and eat them within two to three days rather than freezing.
2. Frozen and Thawed Meats
Fresh meat like steaks or roasts should be vacuum packed; if so, they can last four to 12 months in the freezer. If you have pulled out any meat and started defrosting it, but then decided to not use it and placed it back in the freezer, there could be a chance of bacteria or salmonella. Toss it instead.