Keeping it frozen

Fresh or frozen the great debate…

One great way to save money on cooking and get great results is to consider buying frozen ingredients. One of the great things we have available to us is vegetables year-round, but their prices tend to peek for vegetables out of season. That doesn’t mean that you have to avoid that dish; ultimately, a great way to get around those high prices is to look for their frozen counterparts. Some people shy away from using frozen vegetables, but they’re usually the cost-effective option, and they still bring that wonderful flavor to your food.

Frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh because they are flash-frozen at the peak of their ripeness, giving you a great flavor. That being said, I would tend to stay away from a few vegetables from the freezer and prefer to keep a few of them on hand at all times.

Avoid -loses flavor and/or texture

Onions

Herbs

Diced potatoes

Bell peppers

Softer vegetable such as zucchini and eggplant

Buy – Very similar to their fresh counterparts

Spinach

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Carrots

Peas

Okra

I avoid those vegetables because they tend to lose flavor and texture when they come out of the freezer, and it has a detrimental effect on the dish. I recommend keeping the ones on the other list on hand and ready to go when you get that craving for some spinach dip or some glazed carrots. The same applies to most fruits for that great dessert or smoothie; it’s great to have them on hand. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter if you’re not sure about buying that vegetable frozen or not; so that you can keep it cooking!

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