Tips for Choosing Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are a great way to get important nutrients, try new flavors and add low-calorie foods to your meals. Frozen Fruits or vegetables are a healthy option when fresh or affordable are not available.
The USDA recommends looking for fresh frozen vegetables and fruits that are properly stored. Packages should feel firm. They should not be limp, damp or sweaty, which are signs of thawing.
However, when selecting bags of vegetables and fruits, you should be able to feel individual pieces rather than large solid pieces of food, which may indicate that the contents have thawed and refrozen. Avoid stained packages or any packages with visible ice crystals and other signs of thawing and refreezing.
Choose plain Frozen Vegetables without butter, sauces or added salt. Choose plain frozen fruit without added sugar. These are also the best choices when adding foods to recipes.
At home, store frozen foods at zero degrees or lower. If you buy bulk sizes, remove only the food you need from the package and put the rest back in the freezer before the food starts to thaw. When you are using the entire package, it is best to thaw the food in the original package in the refrigerator or, according to package directions, in a bowl of cold water on the microwave counter to speed thawing.
Frozen vegetables are often bleached before freezing to better preserve their color and flavor. Whether you serve them directly or use them in a recipe, this will result in less overall cooking time than if you use fresh vegetables.
Fruits are washed before freezing, so little preparation is required. Place the still-frozen pieces directly into a blender to make a smoothie sorbet. If you're in a hurry, you can microwave frozen fruit, but thawing it in the refrigerator or a bowl of cold water will preserve its appearance better.
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