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#1 handsfull

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

Just interested as in a post in another topic people commented frozen vegetables was not their preference.

Just wondering in what people think?  Are frozen vegetables not good to eat as they always say they are "snap frozen" to ensure the goodness.  

I know fresh is best but just wondered what you all thought.

If frozen does it depend on the brand/quality of frozen vegetables?

I admit to keeping some on hand in the event I run out.  



#2 FiveAus

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:03 PM

Frozen is supposed to be better because they are snap frozen shortly after picking, whereas fresh veges could be sitting in storage and losing vitamins and minerals by being exposed to light. Unless you are growing them yourself, and picking them for use as you need them.

#3 emlis22

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:03 PM

I personally dont like frozen vegetables. Peas are OK. But beans, carrots etc are too watery for me.

#4 fancie

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:04 PM

In many cases frozen can retain more vitamins and minerals than fresh.

Fresh may not always be as "fresh" as you think.  If they are picked straight from your own garden, of course their nutrient value is superior, but if they were picked a week ago and made their way through various temperature differences whilst being transported to your local shop, then no, they are not better than frozen.

#5 CallMeFeral

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

QUOTE (FiveAus @ 22/01/2013, 04:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Frozen is supposed to be better because they are snap frozen shortly after picking, whereas fresh veges could be sitting in storage and losing vitamins and minerals by being exposed to light. Unless you are growing them yourself, and picking them for use as you need them.


This. Can't stand frozen veg, but they are supposed to be better than not-so-fresh fresh veggies that you buy...

#6 MrsLexiK

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

I buy both, I do find some brands got a bit watery and are not nice taste wise when frozen. I use them mostly in stirfrys alot and can't really tell the difference. If I steam them I add some garlic to them, or some lemon pepper or some chilli etc.  Shock horror I have even done this to the canned beans that we use camping when I ran short a while ago and had no back up beans in the fridge.

When you are talking about quantity to do a stir fry for a family you could spend $3.98 on a large packet of frozen veg I wouldn't be able to buy the same amount that cost for the variety even at my local fruit and veg shop which has makrs down to 99cents - but I don't fancy a pumpkin and turnip stir fry's Tounge1.gif

I basically buy a few bags every few months and use them as needed when needed.  It is always great to have them in the freezer as back up.

#7 Silver Girl

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:12 PM

I agree that frozen vegetables can be fresher than fresh. For me both types have their place and I always have frozen peas, corn and spinach (among others) for when I need to save time or have run out of fresh.

I really should start my vegetable patch.

#8 9ferals

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:13 PM

I think frozen veg are very handy and probably better for you in terms of nutrition - but I just don't think they taste as good as fresh.
Except for frozen peas, they are great.

#9 FeralBob!

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

I prefer frozen peas because th peas at our local greengrocer are too old and expensive. Don't mind frozen corn, but other veg I'd prefer fresh.

Having said that it, I'm fortunate that I can afford fresh veg but it came to a choice between frozen veg and no veg, then I'd happily eat frozen veg.

#10 Peppery

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

I don't mind frozen corn but i dislike frozen broccoli, cauliflower & beans. I too find they become watery and i prefer my vegies to have an element of crunch.

#11 **Xena**

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

I was always told frsh in season, frozen out of season.

Really though the only veg we don't buy fresh is corn, eas and sometimes stir fry veg.

#12 tick

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:19 PM

The other issue with frozen veg is the country of origin.  It's worth checking labels, and checking them regularly as it changes often.  Home brand frozen spinach for example was from Holland for a while there but now it's from China.  There are some locations that I'm a bit suspicious about with regard to things like pesticide use etc!  And carbon miles ..... lots of carbon miles.

#13 50ftqueenie

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

Peas are the only frozen vegetable we eat. I've tried various other veggies bury never have any flavour.
DH grew up with frozen vegetables but would never eat them now that he knows what real ones taste like.

#14 CupOfCoffee

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

We eat frozen quite often.  It is more because we are lazy (they are cut and ready to use, and when we buy fresh, it will sometimes 'die' before we get a chance to eat it, frozen doesn't).

We usually only buy fresh for salad vegetables.

#15 Rachaelxxx

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:34 PM

We only eat frozen veges here because that way I'm not wasting anything and I do find it makes a huge difference what brand you buy.

#16 Gegemite

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

I only ever buy frozen peas or spinach for cannelloni etc.  The rest of it just doesn't taste nice IMO.

#17 BronR

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:46 PM

We always buy frozen peas.

I would buy frozen chopped spinach for a lasagna or cannelloni dish for example.

Everything else we buy fresh.

It's a long time since I've had other frozen vegetables but my memory is of a poor flavour and watery texture. Perhaps times have changed but I'll stick to fresh where possible.

#18 jakc_

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

Obviously steamed fresh veg is best...but I dislike steamed vegs and prefer them nice and soft lol. I prefer fresh but will buy frozen depending what's on special. Either way they are yummmy and whatever the kid eat is a bonus!





#19 jessie123

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:54 PM

Dislike 99% of frozen veg. Fresh just tastes a million times better.

#20 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

I've only ever bought frozen except for vegetables that you can't get frozen. I would love to cook with fresh vegetables more but realistically have no idea how long to cook broccoli or cauliflower or wtf to do with corn on the cob. I know I'm useless though.



#21 d├ęsir d'amour

Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

in winter we'll buy salad as we need it, because tomatoes, cucumber etc don't seem to last very long.

In winter, we'll usually use frozen vegetables.

The quality of what we get up here is pretty terrible, though, even for a large town.

#22 Jembo

Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

We use frozen peas and corn regularly and I usually buy beans to have on hand when I dont have fresh.

I prefer fresh other vegies (carrot, broccoli, etc).

#23 gigglebuttons3

Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:56 PM

When preparing baby food for my youngest I used frozen corn, beans and peas and steamed those to puree as it was easier but now that he's older we use fresh veggies they are so much nicer!

#24 mollybot

Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

For me its quite simple: if I buy frozen veg, we eat veg. If I buy fresh veg, it goes off in the fridge. I have NO idea why this is.

Exceptions are zucchini, which we go through really fast, carrots, which the children help themselves to, and cucumber - again because the children snack on it...

#25 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

I only buy frozen.
If I didnt it would go off before getting used.
Cooking in general not a strong point, so easiest is better and frozen vegies are all ready prepared ready to cook.
No chopping or peeling




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