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Old 05-15-2007, 11:11 PM   #1
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Would you buy frozen mire-poix?

I like French and Italian food, and also like vegetables. So I tend to make alot of Mire Poix, meaning I've always got to have Celery, Carrots and Onions on hand.

I don't mind the last two, because I'm a big fan of Onions and Carrots never go off. Celery, however, is not one of my favourite foods. I can't stand the flavour, if it's left in a recognizable form (IE in stock, sauce and so on, it's fine). What makes it worse, is that it perishes very quickly in the fridge, so I either eat alot of it after buying, or omit it all together.

Snap freezing vegetables is a bit of a touchy topic among some foodies. Some people think it's fine for vegetables when they're ingredients (And not features) of a meal (Such as made into soup), and some hate them. I'm in the former camp, for most vegetables... Peas don't suffer much from freezing, and buying fresh Cauliflower is darn expensive for me. Plus, when I'm cooking in stews and soups I don't notice much of a flavour loss, so I'm willing to use the convenience of frozen vegetables.

Some people I know would love to be good in the kitchen. They love good food and almost love cooking, but find (say) chopping three vegetables into bits to be too time consuming to bother with.

So I'm wondering if there's a market for frozen mire-poix, similar to how you can buy frozen vegetable mixes. Have it in the three sizes commonly used, so people can use it in all sorts of meals. Snap freeze them once chopped to keep them as 'fresh' as possible. Sell cheap because you're mass producing them:P

Would my fellow DC'ers buy this? Would they shudder to think what a perversion of cooking it was? Would they buy a bag and stick it in the freezer incase they ever need it?


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Old 05-15-2007, 11:59 PM   #2
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Although I often make too much and freeze it for another occasion, I wouldn't buy it frozen. Items like that are often thawed and refrozen multiple times, and that would render it mush and useless. When I freeze it, I know how long it's been in there...

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Old 05-16-2007, 04:00 AM   #3
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I keep some in my freezer - it wasn't sold as mire-poix, but something like "seasoning veggies" or similar. I just take out what I need and put the rest right back in the freezer. I've had very good results. I don't remember who markets the product.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:30 AM   #4
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I don't know that I would buy frozen either. I may give it a try but often keep frozen celery and carrots for mire poix.
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:22 AM   #5
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:59 AM   #6
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No I would not buy it frozen. I am never that busy that I cannot chop my own vegetables.
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:07 AM   #7
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I like playing with my knives. I chop fresh. In fact the only veggies I ever buy frozen are peas and chopped spinach (for use in baked canapes or lasagnas.)
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:11 AM   #8
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I would think alot of the aromas and flavors would be lost in the processing/packaging. I use Mire Poix in ALOT of my dishes. When I prepare it, I give little pieces of carrot or bell pepper to the Mutt.
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:38 AM   #9
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i would never do it. i didn't buy these expensive knives for nothing.
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:35 AM   #10
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Add me to the "never" column. I always have fresh celery, carrots and onions, and use them quickly enough so that they don't go bad.

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