8 Things in Your Freezer You Should Toss Out

Need to make some room in the freezer? When in doubt, throw it out.

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Things in your freezer you need to toss - ice cubes in tray
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Smelly Ice Cubes

There’s nothing refreshing about taking a big gulp of ice water and tasting the garlic you put in the freezer last week. Once ice cubes have taken on the scents around them, they’ll never get rid of them. Read on for more things in your freezer you should toss out today.

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Forgotten Freezer Meals

Look at you with your freezer full of healthy freezer meals! It’s great to plan ahead but don’t get overambitious with your meal prep. Prepared freezer meals should be eaten within three months.

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Stale Coffee Beans

Storing ground coffee in the freezer can preserve freshness, but be mindful of how long those beans have been sitting in there. Coffee beans absorb moisture, as well as different tastes and smells around them, so make sure to use them within three months.

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Things in your freezer you should toss - Frozen vegetables in plastic bags in the freezer close-up.
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Freezer-Burned Veggies

How long has that bag of frozen mixed veggies been sitting in the back of your freezer? If it survived your last move, it’s time to toss it. Frozen veggies can be kept in the freezer for about three months or shorter if you notice freezer burn.

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Things in your freezer you should toss - Big chunks of red beef lying on the freezer shelves with a big quantity of frozen ice and snow. This freezer hasn't been thawed in a long time.
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Thawed Meat

We love keeping a supply of chicken freezer meals on hand for busy weeknights. Once meat like chicken begins to thaw, though, it needs to be fully thawed and reheated—or thrown out to avoid salmonella and other bacteria. So if you started defrosting it and then changed your mind, don’t refreeze it.

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Things in your freezer you should toss - Cream cheese danishes with cinnamon spiced tea
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Pastries with Creamy Filling

Once you’ve gone to the trouble of making a heavenly cheese danish from scratch, the last thing you want to do is throw away the leftovers. Pastries and other treats with cheese or creamy filling don’t keep well in the freezer; toss them after a month (or just eat them to avoid this problem altogether).

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Meal prep. Close up of home made roast chicken dinners in containers ready to be frozen for later use.
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Unrecognizable Leftovers

We love finding creative ways to repurpose leftovers; they just won’t last in the freezer forever. Most leftover dishes will keep for two to six months in the freezer. If they’ve been sitting for a while and you can’t remember what the food was in the first place, pitch it and start over.

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Things in your freezer you should toss - ice cream in a freezer
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Old Ice Cream

Most of us don’t have the problem of ice cream lasting too long in our homes, but if you happen to have more self-control, you may find yourself in this predicament. If your tub of ice cream is older than three to four months, it’s time for it to go. So grab a bowl and a spoon before the time is up!

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