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Old 11-04-2018, 01:59 AM   #1
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Frozen stir-fry vegetables

While being convenient, they throw in really large stalks of the broccoli stems (for instance). Chunks that while stir frying, never get soft because those pieces are so freaking big. I'm not sure why they think a broccoli stem is sexy, but they put plenty of those in that "frozen stir-fry" bag.

I'm thinking this, why not try and buy each of those frozen stir-fry ingredients by themselves, if possible? Petite frozen broccoli heads instead of broccoli stalk chunks. Frozen mushrooms, frozen onions, carrots, etc. Then mix them up into a plastic freezer bag(s). It might be more expensive buying frozen vegetables that way , but at least I won't have to try and stir fry huge frozen broccoli stems

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Old 11-04-2018, 10:36 AM   #2
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Here, in Italy, mixes of frozen vegetables are all the rage. They do one thing that only one thing for me which is that they're very convenient. I don't rate them very much howether, because I don't rate them to be the best of ingredients.

Here we plant vegetables that mature through the seasons, and we learn to plan what we grow and use them when it's the right time.

Having said that, every now and again, I do use frozen bags of mixed vegetables and cerials, but very rarely.


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Old 11-04-2018, 10:50 AM   #3
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Some folks find the best way to buy veggies for a stir fry is to go to a salad bar and pick the combination of veggies and quantities you need. A little more costly but there's no waste.
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Old 11-04-2018, 01:06 PM   #4
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Caslon, maybe you should check out some other brands. I agree that the broccoli (and cauliflower) pieces are too big, but the brand we use doesn't leave excessive stem.

I think it might actually be cheaper to get the individual frozen vegis and mix them to your taste. We often add frozen corn kernels to our frozen stir fry mix because it's cheaper and we really like the extra corn. OTOH, if you want the bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, baby corn, etc., you will probably be hard pressed to find those frozen other than in some stir fry mixes.
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:54 AM   #5
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We buy certain individual frozen vegetables. too keep on hand and sometimes we buy mixed. When we plan to have stir-fry, we buy fresh and plan another meal that will use them the same week. With fresh broccoli, I peel the stems. I actually prefer the stems over the florets.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:45 AM   #6
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Ive always found that frozen broccoli ( unless specified florets) consists of at least 50 % the stem. It wouldn't be so bad if the stem was peeled, but it usually contains the tough, fibrous, outer portion of the stem.

I actually like the stem portion of fresh broccoli when peeled even more than the florets.

I make a produce run weekly, so when stir fry is on my weekly menu, I accommodate it with fresh produce. As mentioned above, if the produce can only be bought in abundance to the stirfry, I will plan my weekly meals accordingly, as not to waste anything.

I due keep frozen peas and frozen chopped spinach on hand. I find them to be consistent in quality, and the same as fresh in cooked dishes. That being said, neither would be a vegetable Id put in a stir fry.

As far as buying individual frozen veggies and assembling your own pre stirfry frozen package. At least you have control of what you will be using. Freezer life won't last forever, so as long as you use it before it gets freezer burnt, why not.
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:05 AM   #7
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IMO frozen vegetables give off too much water to use them in a stir fry.

I love frozen veggies and eat them all the time, but not in stir fry.
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I'm with Craig and Larry. I like the peeled broccoli stems the best too. I use them in crudités and sliced as a salad or stir fry ingredient.




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IMO frozen vegetables give off too much water to use them in a stir fry.

I love frozen veggies and eat them all the time, but not in stir fry.
If they are getting frost beards, I defrost them in a colander and use the water that drips off when making a vegi "stock". If they don't have frost beards, I just throw them on the pan frozen and the water seems to all evaporate by the time they are fully thawed and starting to cook.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:37 AM   #9
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I use frozen veggies, but I usually steam them, so they cook through pretty well. I can see where stir frying would not do that.

Hey, maybe par cook them with steam, then sir fry. Hmmmm.

I love frozen fruits that are out of season fresh. They are generally picked ripe, and flash frozen, so they taste better. Texture can be an issue, but I can live with good taste alone.

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Old 11-06-2018, 01:00 PM   #10
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I use frozen veggies only for soups. Convenient.
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