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I recently sliced a Cantaloupe and put it in the freezer for future use to make some easy-and-cold shakes. Then I read somewhere that putting it in the freezer for a long time is not a good idea, so I moved it to the fridge. I'd like to know how long does it last in the fridge and is a defrosted and sliced Cantaloupe healthy?

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Hi Gigili. Welcome to Seasoned Advice! Point of clarification: How long was the fruit in your freezer before you moved it to the refrigerator? And by "healthy" do you mean "safe to eat?" –  Preston Fitzgerald May 25 at 3:57
    
@PrestonFitzgerald: Hi and thank you. I guess it was there for about three or four days and yes. –  Gigili May 25 at 4:16
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It should be healthy for now (assuming it was still relatively fresh when you put it into the freezer) but will actually break down faster now that you have frozen and thawed it. It will also have a much softer and significantly less pleasant texture than it did before, although that won't have much effect on blending.

When you freeze foods, the water in the food forms ice crystals, which are very sharp and which puncture the cell walls of the frozen food. These punctures cause the cells to lose a lot of water when the food is thawed and their water becomes liquid again. You will probably notice that your cantaloupe will look somewhat translucent and will have a lot of juice in the bottom of its container. This is due to cell damage and water loss post-freezing.

In fruits and vegetables, cell walls provide the structure that forms the fruit's texture, and damaging these walls will significantly weaken that structure. So the cantaloupe will be less firm and a lot less pleasant to eat on its own. It's probably still safe for now, but puncturing the cell walls will also make it easier for stray bacteria to get to the food's sugars and start multiplying, resulting in faster spoilage.

I would recommend using this immediately; failing that, 3 days maximum in the fridge would be as far as I'd go. If you want to do this in future, just leave the cantaloupe in the freezer until you're ready to use. Assuming it's tightly sealed to avoid freezer burn, it will keep for up to 6 months there.

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It was barely edible and smelled like everything but cantaloupe, so better to keep it there in the freezer az you said. Thank you for your thorough answer. –  Gigili May 23 at 14:30
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