The fresh Vs frozen food and produce is a long-standing debate. With frozen being one of the most effective forms of preserving for decades. And anything can be frozen fruit, vegetables, leftover stews even sauces (provided its kept at a constant temperature).
Freezing keeps food them safe from going off for months. And with that, reducing food wastage which is a bonus when you live on your own. a Super bonus is when life gets busy and you remember you have a stash of frozen meals ready to be enjoyed again.
There is nothing wrong with buying and only eating fresh; I also cook mostly with fresh vegetables and I do buy fresh but certain vegetables, like corn on the cob, I freeze if I don’t use within a few days.
What about the nutrients?
Nutrients are not destroyed. They are kept and preserved at the point that they are frozen at. Similarly with stews and sauces, it’s kept at the freshness it’s been prepared with. Yes, that’s why you can buy a frozen curry, reheat and eat it and it tastes like it’s freshly prepared.
The basics of freezing food at home
- Do let it cool down in the fridge first before taking it to the freezer.
- Make sure your freezer is set correctly and works properly. Freezing temperatures is 0 and below degrees Celsius.
- Use tight lid containers or Zip loc bags. Make sure there is no air in the containers as well.
- Do write with a marker what it is you froze to not get confused.
- Store foods in small quantities to make defrosting and reheating easier. It also saves space in your freezer.
- Defrost food in the fridge or microwave
- Freezer unfriendly foods is the ones with a high water content such as lettuce, cucumber, watermelon to name a few. They become mushy once defrosted.
- Starches such as potatoes and pasta also absorbs water quickly so freezing and reheating these will also be a bit mushy.
After freezing, one also has to make sure the food is reheated properly. Reheating in a microwave oven is highly recommended and not allowing to defrost overnight on the kitchen counter (I’ve been guilty of this) which could leave you with a watery end product.
I do hope you feel more comfortable using frozen foods and freezing at home. Trust me, it will make your life easier.