With such emphasis on eating raw and fresh vegetables today, many health-conscious cooks feel that they are committing an injustice when they buy and cook frozen vegetables for themselves or their families.
They don’t like to admit that they often use frozen produce, including veggies, to bulk up their menus. Let’s examine point by point a new perspective on serving frozen vegetables.
Convenience: You just got in from work. Your family is hungry now or maybe you have unexpected dinner guests; what to do? Raw vegetables need more preparation time. Just go to your freezer and pull out veggies. You can have a meal in very little time.
Price: Frozen vegetables are reasonably priced all year round. Most fresh vegetables are expensive, even in season from local farmers.
Little waste: Often, when buying a vegetable like broccoli, kale, collards or asparagus, you end up with more than you need to eat. The frozen variety has already been trimmed for you.
Quality: Vegetables for free in your freezer are guaranteed to be fresh and no preservatives or additives have been added. The serving sizes are the same as fresh and they have been cooked the same as fresh.
The big draw back: Pesticides and chemicals are often used in farm and Away creating a whole host of chemicals and toxins that are not only unhealthy, but expensive for the whole family to ingest.
Again, if you can buy your veggies (who isn’t going to eat broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.) in season, that’s par for the course. Why try to avoid all of that?
The reality is that We all need to play by the rules, apply common sense and be responsible to one another. We all have to pull together to share the cost of what is reasonably priced in most cases. Then, of course, there has to be some amount of creativity in the meals, and You have to be able to know when to eat what and for how many meals. There are lots of great cook books out there that will help you in meal planning.
A family that cooks together all week will save $ diary entries alone. Every member of the family should be able to ink their name in the margins of the recipes. This only works if all effort is concentrated on one project.
Meal planning is not rocket science. It is common sense. stated in simple terms, there are primal meals, primal ingredients, secondary ingredients and secondary ingredients. Every living creature eats a different diet: human beings, domesticated animals, birds, reptiles, etc. The animals usually eat cooked or raw foods. Grots and lizards sometimes eat raw or uncooked foods. But you can’t eat raw or uncooked foods with some types of bacteria. Wash all surfaces and then sanitize them with a diluted bleach solution. After reading this article, you know that you don’t want to get those little greenorganisms on you.
The main concern about cross contamination is when you use the same knife, counter, or cutting board set for raw meat and cooked foods, such as minced pork and hamburger meat. Because meat is done 4 to 12 hours after cooking, it is possible for cross contamination to occur. Make sure your kitchen knives are sharpened properly following the directions for the meat and the amount of blood they will cut. If you are using Albertson wines and butter, have them sharpened according to the manufacturers’ recommendations.
There’s No Such Thing As “Pure” Water Organics
The same holds true for most other organic products. Instead of talking about “organic” most people and labeling their products “natural” or “securities free” the labels now feature terms such as “able to be eaten with 100% natural ingredients.” The organic groups are using the same argument they use to try and convince you that a product is not harmful for you, while in fact, what they are describing is something completely different.
The real question you should be asking is, “Is the 100% natural ingredient something I can live without?” If the answer is yes, then what does it cost? At that point, maybe you can see the product for what it is. A cheap wine might have a little bit of a chemical taste to it, but if that is the case, then that is what you pay for. If you are being tempted to buy it for your children, see if there is a alternative to the product. Perhaps one of those nice, colorful test tubes with the child test comes in handy.