Reflections on the eternal doubt when shopping, frozen foods, are they as healthy as fresh?
I think most of us intuitively think that frozen foods are not as healthy as fresh ones. And personally, I think that it is priceless to be able to enjoy all the flavor of freshly picked garden vegetables and that if we talk about flavor, in the case of vegetables, there is no point of comparison, although it is true that this loss is not the same in all the products.
I have always been a faithful defender of seasonal and local products and I am quite concerned about knowing where what I eat comes from, but that does not mean that sometimes I do not have to resort to some canned chickpeas or frozen peas without being a drama.
Fresh food and frozen food, which are healthier?
Regarding nutritional properties, frozen foods such as vegetables, fruits, meats or fish provide practically the same nutrients as the same fresh products, although no matter how much most insist, most of them lose flavor and many of them acquire a quite different texture. I give you as examples the frozen mushrooms or the red fruits that, once they are thawed, have nothing to do with what they were before they were frozen, at least if we intend to eat them raw.
But an important point when taking a frozen product home is that it is a good habit to keep an eye on the labeling, since deep-frozen spinach is not the same, which, with more or less flavor, is only spinach than a steak that has been added salt and other additives so that freezing does not visually affect its appearance. When this is the case, it must be specified on the label and must not be sold as meat, but as a meat preparation or frozen meat preparation. An example of what I am telling you can be found in the frozen meats section of Mercadona, which is the first place that comes to mind at the moment.
Frozen foods, are they safe?
As far as food safety is concerned, food is subjected to a deep-freezing process that prevents the growth of microbes and makes it completely safe for consumption as long as the cold chain has been respected.
But if they are almost as good, why are frozen foods cheaper?
For a matter of supply, they are collected in season when the supply is higher and the price is cheaper, that allows the final price to be cheaper as well.
Are store-bought frozen foods the same as home-frozen foods?
Freezing at an industrial level is done in a faster and more efficient way than we can achieve in a domestic freezer and that is always an advantage. When we freeze at home, we always have to be careful to freeze food that is very fresh.
And are precooked frozen foods healthy?
Well, I tell you the same as with meat preparations. Normally they are products that contain enough fat, salt and additives so that when defrosted they have a good appearance or maintain an appetizing texture, so they are less recommended and should be consumed very occasionally. If we want portions of cooked food, it is best to prepare our own tupers .
And if I cook with frozen food, can I freeze the leftovers?
Yes, because in that case we are not breaking the cold chain, but we have defrosted a product, we have heated it to a temperature high enough for it to be safe to consume and there is no problem in freezing it again once cooked. What you can't do is refreeze the leftover leftovers.
And now if you want you can tell me what frozen products you usually buy. Recommendations on a specific one that is as good as fresh?
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