Now I find myself in the freezer aisle.
Why? Well, it’s simple really.
- Frozen vegetables are cheaper. Compare the price per weight, and you’ll almost always find that the frozen vegetables are cheaper. As a bonus, you can sometimes find coupons to make them even more economical.
- Frozen vegetables are fresher. What?! Yep. “fresh” veggies are usually trucked in from out of state, or even out of country which means that they’re several days old by the time they even make it to the store shelf. Because of this, they’re almost always picked while immature (see #3). Frozen vegetables in contrast, are almost immediately processed, and have much less time to sit and lose nutritional value.
- Frozen veggies are more nutrient dense. Thanks to the fact that the veggies don’t have to travel far, they can be grown to their peak of maturity, this alone makes them more nutrient dense.
- Easier meal prep. I don’t know about you, but eliminating the need to wash and chop is a big plus in my eyes! I can grab a bag go broccoli in the crockpot in 3 seconds flat and voila! We have Chinese Beef and Broccoli! When you make everything from scratch, you’ll take all the shortcuts you can get.
There you go. My four reasons for buying frozen produce. Which do you prefer – fresh, or frozen?
Here’s a fun side note: Freeze dried produce is also more healthy than “fresh” grocery store produce, and it doesn’t take up precious freezer space either!
We’ve recently started stocking our pantry with cans of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables to fill in the gaps of snacks, and even meals in order to eliminate emergency trips to the store, and make sure that we’re not just out of luck if the power goes out. We love it! And out kids love snacking on crunchy freeze-dried veggies that they normally don’t like – score!
Check out our freeze-dried food source here.