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Old 05-12-2006, 12:34 AM   #1
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Frozen veggies vs fresh?

When I read about eating "fresh" vegetables I think of heads of lettuce and tomatoes...that sort of thing. Will frozen vegetables be sufficient?

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Old 05-12-2006, 01:52 AM   #2
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Frozen vegetable will suffice.

Of course, not all vegetables can be bought frozen...
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Old 05-12-2006, 07:59 AM   #3
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I agree that you can find sufficient nutrition through frozen foods and they are a godsend. That said, who wants life without salads? Both, to me, are necessities of life.
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Old 05-12-2006, 08:49 AM   #4
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Fozen veggies are better than no veggies. They are not as amazing as fresh, but that is OK. Frozen can still provaide penty of nutrients and flavor.
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Old 05-12-2006, 10:42 AM   #5
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There was an extremely interesting article in The New York Times Food Section a few months ago where comparisons were made between the quality of fresh vegetables versus frozen.

Surprisingly enough, the quality of many frozen vegetables was actually better than their fresh counterpart in the supermarket. In fact, they took a poll of a number of upscale NY restaurants & found that most of them use frozen vegetables routinely.

Some of the top vegetables to buy frozen included green peas, lima beans, green beans, corn, & spinach.
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Old 05-12-2006, 10:51 AM   #6
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Yep, frozen vegetables are generally just as good for you nutritionally as fresh and, like Breezy said, are often of higher quality than fresh. This is because they flash freeze the veggies right after they are picked, thus preserving freshness.

Canned vegetables are a whole 'nother story, though.
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Old 05-12-2006, 11:37 AM   #7
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When I read about eating "fresh" vegetables I think of heads of lettuce and tomatoes...that sort of thing. Will frozen vegetables be sufficient?
Welcome to DC NisAznMonk.

Fresh is always best, when you can get it, in season. Lettuce and leafy veggies, should only be fresh - not frozen. Lettuce does not freeze well and will be soggy/slimy. Tomatoes are best fresh or use sun-dried. Some veggies are okay frozen, but imo, can lose nutrients in the freezer over time, fridge settings, and can pick up the smell of other foods freezing around it. Re 'sufficient' - frozen vs fresh, that also depends on the recipe. Consider a food saver to keep fresh veggies fresh & buy them at their peak.

When I can, I prefer buying at Farmer's markets rather than the super market. Markets, as I understand it, can wax veggies like cukes, etc. to make them look appealing to sell, and perhaps rotate the old stuff to the front.

I'm okay with frozen, but go to your freezer, open the door and take a good whif. Consider also, ice cream is sitting next to poultry, meat, etc alongside the veggies. In a nutshell -fresh is best, frozen's okay too.
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In my humble opion only... Most frozen veggies are just as good as fresh, however there are some that are not as good frozen for an example,
potatoes, i would rather have fresh potatoes and squash oh and asparagus too...
and certain others... :)
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In my humble opion only... Most frozen veggies are just as good as fresh, however there are some that are not as good frozen for an example,
potatoes, i would rather have fresh potatoes and squash oh and asparagus too...
and certain others... :)
I agree with kimbaby on this too. I think its all a trial and error thing for you as far as taste. As I've mentioned before I'd always used canned corn when fresh wasn't available. I'd tried frozen (generic brand) and didn't care for it at all and went back to canned. I then tried a brandname frozen corn and since then I've been hooked......its as close to fresh as I could ever come.

Now as far as frozen green beans.....I didn't have any luck with that in the past either but haven't tried the brandname yet.......something I do plan on doing as it may turn out the same as the corn situation.

Mish is right on with the farmers market......I love going to these vs going to the produce section in the grocery store. I just recently put in my own garden and for those things I'm not able to grow I will be hitting the farmers market for.
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Old 05-13-2006, 10:27 AM   #10
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Keep in mind that there are levels of frozen veggies too. I have found that some brands are almost indistinguishable from fresh, while others seem to be little more than the packaged sweepings from the floor of the warehouse. I use a lot of store brand items to save money on the grocery bill, but frozen veggies are not one of those. I will pay the premium for quality.... locally an excellent brand is C & W.

As far as picking up other odors... can't see how that could possibly happen when they are sealed in plastic bags at the packaging plant. The only issue I've ever had from keeping them too long is getting freezer burn... I try to rotate them and use them within a couple of months of purchase.

But I still prefer fresh when what I want is in season and I have time to plan ahead and go to the market.
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