Nadine Gourkow Evaluates Fresh vs Frozen Vegetables

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When it comes to the battle of fresh vs frozen, there are many people that have an opinion. Watching one episode of any Gordon Ramsay show was enough to make anyone, Nadine Gourkow included, rethink their entire food selection and preparation process. How many times have you heard professional chefs complain about the frozen item? Truth is when stored properly and for a short amount of time, there is very little difference in taste. So, which one do you choose? The short answer is frozen. The long answer is, it depends on what vegetable you want and how soon you want to use it.

Advantages of Frozen

  1. No additives – While this is somewhat true of fresh as well, the fresh vegetables have to be picked prior to being fully ripe and then artificially ripened on their way to the store. With frozen, they can wait until the perfect time to pick them and then flash freeze them preserving all the nutrients inside. Another violator of additives is canned vegetables. Anytime you can a vegetable, you have to add some kind of preservative. The most common preservative is salt, and we all know how bad salt is for the body.
  2. Convenience – All you have to do is open the back and add them to a pot for steaming, a tray or pan for roasting and you are ready to go.  It is not as simple with fresh. You have to take time to prep the vegetable prior to using them. This can lead to waste if you don’t know what you are doing. Another thing is, if you do not know how to properly handle a knife, you could easily find yourself with a cut and end up in the hospital. That is a little hyperbolic, but it doesn’t make it any less true.
  3. Cost – While there may be an increased price on bags of frozen vegetables, there is the fact that you can take what you need or want and save the rest for later. With fresh, you may need to use the entire vegetable before you really want to, but you have to, or they will go bad.
  4. Nutrients – In a recent study performed by the University of Chester in the UK that shows there are more nutrients in a frozen bag than in a bag of fresh that has sat in a refrigerator for three days. Yes, in just three days you have lost some of the nutrients you intended to have.

Which to Buy

Nadine would suggest you decide based off what time of year it is and what vegetables you want to buy fresh and use it right away. If you are looking for offseason vegetables, it is obviously best to have them frozen. They get picked when they are ripping and they are not artificially ripened while in transit. Keep in mind, this argument can be used when discussing fruit as well.

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