Contrary to popular belief, frozen vegetables are often as nutritious – if not more – than fresh. Here’s what you need to know…
Fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables each have their pros and cons. Both, when stored correctly, are an integral part of a healthy and balanced diet. Below find out what to keep in mind before your next trip to the grocery store.
THE CASE FOR FROZEN
Vegetables that are destined to line the freezers of supermarkets are picked at their peak – when nutritional value is at its highest. From there, they are partially cooked (blanched) and then immediately frozen, locking in all the goodness. A loss of vitamins B and C sometimes occurs, but for the most part, all nutrients are retained. When it comes to time and convenience, frozen options are a lifesaver.
THE CASE FOR FRESH
Fresh veggies, similarly, are also harvested when nutrients are at a maximum; however, they are often transported over long distances by road or ship, losing some key nutrients during the journey from farm to shop. Not all fruits and vegetables are suitable to freeze though, meaning that fresh offers more variety.
Once opened, frozen vegetables should be stored in an airtight freezer bag or suitable container to ensure the contents doesn’t spoil or accumulate frost. These affordable PnP Large Freezer Bags work well, as do the freezer-friendly tight-lock Homemax Round Glass Food Containers, which allow you to conveniently transfer veggies from the freezer to the microwave, with clear glass to help you easily identify the contents. Both Pick n Pay and Homemark products can be bought using your RCS Store Card, which offers up to 55 days interest-free.
Fresh fruit and vegetables perish much more rapidly. Keep them fresher for longer with clever storage solutions. Nothing spoils quicker than half an avocado, right? The genius Joie Avo Pod will preserve your avocado halves for longer. Sistema Freshworks Storage Containers are also a godsend – thanks to the FreshVent lid filter, these perfectly-sized food containers provide the best environment for maintaining fresh produce. Find both of these products at @home, available using your RCS Store Card.
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