March is National Frozen Food Month and although spring is here, don’t forget about this kitchen staple to complete family meals in a flash!
Frozen foods have been part of the American dinner plate since 1930 when Clarence Birdseye created the first line of frozen foods. Through the process of flash freezing, frozen foods maintain texture, quality and nutrition similar to that of their fresh food counterparts.
5 Reasons to Buy Frozen Foods
- Economical. Since frozen fruits and vegetables are not influenced by the influx of seasonal pricing due to harvest times and supply and demand; prices remain relatively constant. Watch for sales and stock up when the prices are hot!
- Convenient. No washing, peeling, slicing, dicing or chopping required! Many varieties even come in a steamable pouch to make preparation faster and easier.
- Stable. Wasting food equals wasting money! When handled properly, frozen fruits and vegetables can maintain a long shelf life.
- Always in Season. No worries here! We can enjoy frozen fruits and vegetables all year round.
- Delicious & Nutritious. Since fruits and vegetables are flash frozen immediately after harvest, taste and nutrition are at the peak of perfection.
We are all challenged with the daily grind of getting food on the table quickly and affordably, while still meeting the nutritional needs and taste expectations of our families. Frozen fruits and vegetables can be used to create a great plate.
4 Quick & Delicious Ways to Use Frozen Fruits & Veggies
- Blend frozen strawberries into a fruit smoothie
- Top oatmeal with frozen blueberries
- Toss mixed vegetables into stir-fry, soup, or pasta
- Add frozen peppers to your morning omelet
The possibilities are endless!
Meredith Mensinger RD, LDN
Redner’s Warehouse Markets