Do you use frozen veg in your meals?

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luluma

Do you use frozen veg in your meals?

Hi, I'm a first time poster here. I had a bit of a dispute with a friend of mine last week at dinner when she mentioned that she *hates* using frozen vegetables when preparing meals because she thinks it "tastes washed out when it's cooked from frozen". I responded by telling her that she's probably overcooking her vegetables hence the lack of taste but she won't let up and maintains that there's a clear difference in taste between fresh vs. and veg cooked after its been frozen. Personally, I think she's being a bit of a food snob because I don't really notice any difference, but does anyone else think there is?

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sam from worthing

Frozen Veg

yes i use frozen veg quite a lot.

I have always got a bag of peas, sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and french beans in the freezer.

Some are often our own veg, that i have par boiled cooled quickly then open froze then bagged up.

I find them so convenient cheaper and tasty when there are just the 2 of us, rather than buying and wasting half of a vegetable. And sometimes some frozen veg (as far as i am aware) retain more of their goodness that veggies that have been left on the shelf for days/weeks at a time.

but when i entertain, i do buy fresh.
sammy

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luluma

Thanks Sammy...

Hey Sammy, glad to see I'm not the only one :) It's interesting that when you have guests over though, frozen isn't your first choice. Is that a taste thing? Or is frozen not as impressive when dining others (maybe that's what my friend was really getting at?)

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Gerry

frozen veg

Agree with Sam, Luluma. Keep some green veg in freezer because we're not near shops, though mostly I use fresh. Frozen is certainly better than old "fresh". Does your friend steam them? I do. Big welcome to DoL!

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sam from worthing

frozen veg

its not because its not impressive enough for guests, its more that, when i entertain, i do it with gusto, and love the whole experience, from buying the meal ingredients, to prepping and pre-cooking to dressing the table laying the table and serving and even the washing up - best bot when they gone though lol.....

but when i cook for more than just the 2 of us, i get more of a sense of fulfilment, no thats the wrong word, as i do buy fresh veg when its just us 2, its more of sense of occassion i think.

Oh i do serve frozen sprouts though - much prefer the taste texture, and easier to cope with the cooking times than fresh, as they are such little buggers for cooking (i find) some are cooked perfectly, some are as raw as if they just picked some mushy.

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luluma

frozen veg

I do actually see where you're coming from (apart from the washing up part!) But I think now I'm wondering, why is fresh looked at as being the stuff you use on fancier occasions. Isn't all the preparation stuff more or less the same as when you use frozen ingredients?

Hey Gerry, I reckon she's a boiler. Steaming seems to get the veg to the consistency just right IMO. Same with leftover rice.

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Do you use frozen veg in your meals?

I don't think she is being a food snob, I think she has a point.

Frozen veg is generally softer in texture after the same cooking time, and imo does have a slightly different taste. I use it all the time, as personally I prefer softer veg, but without the horrible smell and taste you get from boiling certain veg for a long time.

However, if I am cooking for other people, (with the exception of peas) I would always use fresh. Not out of food snobbery, but simply because most people I know like al dente veg. Although for some reason it is ok to cook red cabbage for days! I've yet to work that one out.

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JAMES

Frozen Veg.

I'm a big frozen veg user. Never without it in the freezer.

Most of it is frozen within a few hrs of being picked, retains its vitamins better and I really cannot notice any difference in texture at all.

I steam veg myself, Mum boils it all for hrs!

I quite happily serve frozen veg up for guests, never had any complaints!

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Country Girl at Heart

Frozen Veg

Interesting question this. I do use both but feel that some veg just does not freeze well - cauliflower and spinach to name two. I would always use those fresh. However peas and beans taste just to same to me fresh or frozen so I dont hesitate to use frozen.
CG@H

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JAMES

Frozen Veg.

Funny CG@H.

I'd not even dream of buying fresh spinnach. Frozen is so much better in my view!

Use it all the time :)

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John S.

Do you use frozen veg

All the time, and I have to agree with James.
The frozen stuff is taken directly from the fields and processed within hours of picking whereby "fresh" vegetables are picked then sit around in one wharehouse or another as they change hands from farmer to distributer to shop or supermarket which could take days and each hour that passes they are losing goodness and flavour as the sugars change to starch.
Just because they are frozen doesn't mean they will be soggy unless they're overcooked, and spinach, once it's cooked it looks and tastes like the frozen stuff anyway.
And I suppose your friendly food snob adds bicarb to her greens to make them look greener.

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violet eyes

frozen veg

After many years of buying only tinned sweetcorn I bought a packet of Birds Eye field fresh supersweet frozen sweetcorn as they were on offer, thinking they would taste much the same, how wrong I was,they tasted so much nicer than tinned. Plus you can take out enough for one serving,so no wasting half a tin and it only takes a few minutes to cook. I always have frozen peas in my freezer, which I always cook in the microwave with a little bit of sugar.

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Jayne

Interesting

...responses here. I only ever use frozen peas and all other vegetables are fresh (except tinned sweetcorn). I've never been happy with the look/texture of frozen veg.
Welcome to DOL :-))

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JaneMR

Frozen veg

I always keep peas, broad beans and sweetcorn in the freezer, plus the runner beans I freeze myself. I find other veg like carrots, sprouts and broccoli tend to get soggy on cooking, BUT, if you are making a vegetable soup they are perfect and very inexpensive, especially the broccoli.

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Nausea Bagwash

Frozen or not

Yes. Given the amount of mileage most "fresh" veg does wandering round the country, it's probably true that frozen loses less of it's vitamin content than fresh.

Some things freeze better than others. Frozen carrots are vile and cauliflower isn't far behind which is odd because brocolli seems to do quite well. Peas, broad beans, french beans and sweet corn seem to survive well and I usually keep a bag of frozen chopped spinach because it's so useful for sauces, curries, soups, etc.

If I have guests I tend to use fresh because I like to buy in season and I have an organic fruit and veg box every week anyway.

I do think, however, there is a great variance in the quality of frozen veg on sale. I recently bought some own brand so-called "garden" peas from a supermarket which will remain nameless but which ought to know better. They were like bullets - real school dinner peas. Back to Birds Eye for me.

I do have a penchant for French tinned peas. Real ones, I mean, not just British ones labelled "petit pois"
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