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Old 05-13-2006, 10:36 AM   #11
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I definitely agree about odors not being an issue with frozen vegetables. Can't see that happening unless the bag/box is broken & you have other odorifous things in there also in broken bags. In that case, clean out your freezer!! Lol!! Freezer burn, however, can be an issue if you don't use things in a timely fashion, & it can also alter the taste of the product, so perhaps that is what you are finding.

Around here in VA, my favorite brand of frozen veggie is "Hanover". Their Petite Whole Green Beans & Petite Brussel Sprouts in particular are FABULOUS!! The brussel sprouts are especially good - never bitter or mushy; always sweet & tender.
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Old 05-20-2006, 09:53 AM   #12
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We're fortunate in that we are able to grow a lot of our own vegetables. There is nothing better than picking from the garden then cooking/eating/freezing them within the hour. I've had varying degrees of success with the freezing. Noteably carrots were a disaster but broad beans and sweetcorn a success. Haven't noticed much difference in flavour possibly because of the short length of time between picking and freezing. I think frozen veg are an excellent alternative to fresh, but the quality probably depends on how they were grown and then treated after harvesting.
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Old 05-20-2006, 10:01 AM   #13
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mmmmmm, frozen floor sweepings....
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Old 05-20-2006, 11:05 AM   #14
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I agree on frozen veggies, spinach for sure. Canned tomatoes are great. I think the only negative is the amount of sodium found in can foods, I buy the low sodium brands and I think they are very good.

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Old 05-20-2006, 06:46 PM   #15
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The only frozen veg that I use are garden peas (think they are called English peas in the US). In my opinion, no other frozen veg tastes anywhere near as good as freshly prepared veg. So many, for instance, courgettes are merely soggy messes when cooked from frozen.
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Old 05-20-2006, 07:02 PM   #16
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Yes - the New York Times article I mentioned in an earlier post did say that while frozen cubes of winter squashes, like butternut, etc., were perfectly good frozen, summer squashes like courgettes (zucchinis) & yellow squash should be passed by.
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Old 05-21-2006, 10:42 AM   #17
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I have a cousin who delights in using frozen veg in her stews and casseroles - onions, swede, turnip and parsnip. They tend to all taste the same and she cooks them far too long. Not a nice experience
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Old 05-21-2006, 12:13 PM   #18
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personal preference: peas, limas, spinach work ok frozen
tomatoes (if you are going to cook them) and some beans (white beans, pinto, black beans) are ok canned.
Corn can be ok either way, but fresh picked is best.
Almost anyting else is much better fresh.
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