Get the most from your frozen vegetables

By Drum Digital
12 July 2013

Frozen doesn’t have to mean bland and soggy

  • One of the best ways to maintain the taste and texture of vegetables is to cook them correctly. For best results always follow the on-pack preparation instructions.
  • It’s important to not let frozen vegetables thaw before you cook them ? always cook them directly from the freezer.
  • To keep all the goodness sealed in, plunge the frozen vegetables into rapidly boiling water and cook for the shortest time possible. Remember to use just enough water to cover the vegetables; too much water may cause them to go soggy.
  • Check that the frozen vegetables you buy are frozen.  Never buy a product that’s partly thawed and never thaw and then re-freeze frozen vegetables.
  • Frozen vegetables are naturally great tasting but if you’d like to add some more flavour, rather use fresh herbs and/or spices or olive oil if you feel the need to jazz them up.
  • Vegetables are best eaten al dente. Al dente is a French term which means “firm to the tooth”. It ensures the vegetables are cooked through but retain a little crunch.
  • Serve immediately after cooking to ensure you retain flavour and nutritional value. The shorter the cooking time for vegetables, the less colour and nutrient loss.

Source: McCain Foods

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