Are Frozen Fruits and Veggies as good as Fresh?

Posted on 02 March 2009 by ChefBud

I made a delicious Pea & Mint Risotto the other day. When discussing it with others, most where shocked that I would use frozen peas. I was surprised to learn how many people think that frozen veggies are no good.

Pea Risotto

Pea Risotto

The fact of the matter is that if you are not growing your own peas or getting them from the vine that day, you are better off using frozen. Frozen fruits and vegetables are fresh fruits and vegetables that have been blanched (cooked for a short time in boiling water or steamed) and frozen within hours of being picked. Further, frozen fruits and vegetables are processed at their peak in terms of freshness and nutrition. Many experts have found that frozen vegetables such as peas are better for you than fresh or canned.

To hear what scientist have to say about this topic check out this article on frozen foods.

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. paulo Says:

    Some veggies hold up when frozen but many are rubbery when cooked…peas are fine, green beans not so much.

  2. ChefBud Says:

    Paulo: Too true.

  3. David Akiro Says:

    I think your absolutely right Chef Bud. But the taste of anything fresh out dues anything thats been flash frozen or partly steamed.
    Fresh will never be conquered by the taste of frozen/flash steamed.

  4. Dan Schwartz Says:

    …And once frozen, veggies can’t really be eaten raw, such as broccoli, cauliflower, sweet pepper, and corn on the cob.

  5. Carol Waksal Says:

    I have a home in mtn village and wonder if you are able to prepare some soups, chili, and cookies/brownies/cupcakes for this thursday delivery? If so plz send me a menu of what you can bring to a home and pricing. Much thanks Carol

  6. Carol Waksal Says:

    are you able to prepare soups, chili and some desserts for home delivery for this thursday, sep 3rd?

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