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I normally don't buy many frozen vegetables, except for keeping some green peas and a small bag of okra in the freezer. I buy fresh.

I had an experience this past week where I have been frequently fixing some sauteed okra. I bought a big 2.5 lb bag of frozen okra at the store about a week ago and started fixing some 1-2 times a day. The bag is almost empty now!

I was fixing the okra frequently for several reasons, but one of them was because all I had to to was pour some okra into a small skillet and add some ghee. That was much easier than cutting up fresh okra, which takes a little more effort and gets the cutting board and knife all slimy. Some other reasons include that good fresh okra is harder to find this time of year here and it does not keep a real long time.

This made me wonder if I should consider buying other frozen vegetables if it would increase my frequency of eating them. I could also buy fresh of the same vegetables for normal planned meals, but it might be nice to always have a supply of frozen in the freezer.

I am wondering what frozen vegetables do you buy to keep on hand in your freezer?


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Spinach, green peas and green beans- (the latter from my garden)
We do not have the same varity of fresh produce as in US supermarkets ( my stepdad is from california)
- so it is the only way I get some green veggies in winter ( if I┤m tired of cabbage, carrots, beets and boring iceberg salad

I do keep some fruits as well from the garden. rapberries, starwberries and cherries( sour)


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I don't have any frozen veggies, but the concept is a good one, I think.  Especially if what you are looking for is a back-up plan to cut time and reduce stress and work in the kitchen.  I would think of frozen veggies as a healthy "fast food", and not as a substitute for fresh.  Like you said, use the fresh food daily and have the frozen for those other times.  Variety, speed and seasonal availability.



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I have a bag of turnip greens, and a bag of peas in my freezer. I used to have corn in there, too, but I'm eating less and less corn these days. I can't always get to the store for fresh greens, so I like to keep some frozen veggies for just those times.


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I still haven't gotten up the nerve to open up the can of okra I have in the pantry. But frozen okra sounds like it might be better. Thoughts?


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Quoted from ironwood55
I normally don't buy many frozen vegetables, except for keeping some green peas and a small bag of okra in the freezer. I buy fresh.

I had an experience this past week where I have been frequently fixing some sauteed okra. I bought a big 2.5 lb bag of frozen okra at the store about a week ago and started fixing some 1-2 times a day. The bag is almost empty now!

I was fixing the okra frequently for several reasons, but one of them was because all I had to to was pour some okra into a small skillet and add some ghee. That was much easier than cutting up fresh okra, which takes a little more effort and gets the cutting board and knife all slimy. Some other reasons include that good fresh okra is harder to find this time of year here and it does not keep a real long time.

This made me wonder if I should consider buying other frozen vegetables if it would increase my frequency of eating them. I could also buy fresh of the same vegetables for normal planned meals, but it might be nice to always have a supply of frozen in the freezer.

I am wondering what frozen vegetables do you buy to keep on hand in your freezer?




Hi,
I also like frozen vegetables !!!
Especially green peas ( excellent with rice dishes ...)
and sometimes green beans, but especially
brussel sprouts which I cook with basmati rice and then add a tablespoon of olive oil, feta cheese and cayenne pepper !!!
Very delicious !!!


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Actually a test was done on danish veggies that showed the long distance that fruit and veggies was transported made them loose a álot of vitamins
- so in some cases the frozen was superior to the socalled fresh.
The test was done on broccoli, cauliflower, green peas áand a few other.
I have seen how they harvest green peas  here- the whole field is done and is more or less frozen in no time.
When I compair that with the socalled fresh peas I can get- sugar has turned into starch .....  


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Quoted from outdoordrea
I can't always get to the store for fresh greens, so I like to keep some frozen veggies for just those times.

I do keep lots of greens in the freezer that I cook from fresh, since a big batch of collard greens might be 4-5 quarts and I couldn't eat that many quick enough from the refrigerator.



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I still haven't gotten up the nerve to open up the can of okra I have in the pantry. But frozen okra sounds like it might be better. Thoughts?

I would think that frozen okra would be better for sauteing or some other way where you want them firmer, but the canned would probably be just fine added to soup or something like that where a softer texture might be preferred.


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Don't we also need to be concerned about polyamines with frozen vegetables.
Quoted from LR4YT page 103
Polyamines ... are also found in processed foods where canning or freezing has "shocked" the structual integrity of the tissues. ... frozen vegetables ... can have very high concentrations of putrescine.


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I don't have any frozen veggies, but the concept is a good one, I think.  Especially if what you are looking for is a back-up plan to cut time and reduce stress and work in the kitchen.  I would think of frozen veggies as a healthy "fast food", and not as a substitute for fresh.  Like you said, use the fresh food daily and have the frozen for those other times.  Variety, speed and seasonal availability.

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That would be my concern also.



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I am wondering what frozen vegetables do you buy to keep on hand in your freezer?


I keep chopped spinach; green peas & corn (my kids love to snack on frozen peas & corn); okra (I'm the only one in my family that likes it, so if I find some at a farmer's market, I freeze it); onions, celery, peppers (I chop & freeze these myself for fast meals); I cook & freeze dried beans; sliced fresh ginger; lots of frozen fruits for smoothies & snacks for the kids (berries, bananas, mangoes, pineapple); flax seeds, homemade stocks.  This sounds like a lot, but we eat large quantities of fresh produce every day.  But it's great to have the frozen stuff around, too.

We buy very little canned stuff.  Mostly just tomatoes & some beans, some salmon, and artichoke hearts.
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Quoted from ironwood55
Don't we also need to be concerned about polyamines with frozen vegetables.


it does sound worrying.
BUT I wonder what is best a bit of frozen greens or no greens?


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We buy very little canned stuff.  Mostly just tomatoes & some beans, some salmon, and artichoke hearts.

That is about the same for me too, plus add in sardines, tuna, chicken.



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I'd say go with using some frozen vegetables along with the fresh veggies, especially if you eat more vegetables that way. I use a lot of fresh vegetables, but there are days when it is simply easier and less exhausting for me to open a bag from the freezer--usually when I've run out of pre-chopped veggies and am not able to prepare more due to fatigue issues (rare, but it does happen now and then). I keep peas, french style green beans (which can also go into soups and stews very easily as well as making a side dish for a main meal), broccoli, greens, okra, pumpkin, and squash in the freezer along with homemade stocks and soups. Cooked greens freeze well too and are nice to have on hand to make a quick side dish for roasts or for breakfast.

If you are worried about polyamines, work plenty of dark red/dark blue fruits or fruit juice into your daily menu.


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In the southern United States many people have gardens. My parents were raised on farms so we allways had large gardens. The most common way we stored vegetables was to blanch then freeze them in the chest deep freezers that again most everybody had. Though storing in glass jars was also common. One of the few things my parents still freeze is the blueberry and apple crops every year along with green beans, yellow squash, zuccinni, and tomatoes. They used to freeze okra, just slice it up and freeze it on a cookie sheet then place in ziplock bags. When you want to make gumbo you could just shack some out. That is the way they freeze blueberries still. We never froze greens as the climate allowed them to grow in the garden allmost year round.
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Hello everybody ...
What about cooking a batch of fresh veggies instead
and freezing them afterwards ?? Would this be a better idea ??
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I alwasy have frozen peas.  To use in soups I also like to have frozen broccoli - I wouldn't normally use it as veg to serve on a plate though as it looks and feels very overcooked when defrosted.
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I buy probably 95% of my vegetables frozen because that's the easiest/cheapest way for me to get 'em with my work schedule, etc.  I live by myself, so I'm obviously the one that makes all of my food and going to the store is a chore in of itself b/c I don't have a car.   So hopefully there is some good to frozen food    


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One of the few things my parents still freeze is the blueberry and apple crops every year along with green beans, yellow squash, zuccinni, and tomatoes.


I've never had frozen apples, squash, or tomatoes.  Do you blanch them or cook them first, or freeze them raw?  Do you just use the apples in baked dishes?

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You blanch the squash and tomatoes first but you just freeze the apples I think(will phone and double check tonight). The squash I was talking about was summer squash or zuccinni. She also cooks the zuchinni with olive oil and onions and freezes it like a tv dinner I guess. My Dad puts the frozen blueberries or apples in his cereal instead of sugar. Mom has made apple sauce, pies, etc out of the frozen apples.
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i like doing large batches of 'ratatuille' type stir fries, with mostly compliant veggies.....
fill different zip lock bags to store in the freezer for quick side dishes.


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i like doing large batches of 'ratatuille' type stir fries, with mostly compliant veggies.....
fill different zip lock bags to store in the freezer for quick side dishes.



Hi Lola !!
I'd be interested in ur  'ratatuille' type stir fries recepe  
Thank-u  


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I don't have a big extra freezer so storing vegetables from harvests for the rest of the year is not really feasible. I am more interested in what frozen vegetables people buy versus only using fresh. Besides I use most of the available freezer storage space I have for grass-fed meat that I buy in large amounts when I make the 3 hour round trip to the farm I buy it at.

I normally don't even go down the frozen food isle at the store, but I think I will look the next time I go. Maybe I will try some frozen green beans, since I haven't seen any fresh good ones in awhile and my sons really like them. I wonder what else I will be able to find that would be worth keeping on hand for speed, seasonal availability, and in case I run out of fresh before the next run to the store?


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