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 Post subject: Frozen veggies
PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:44 am 
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Better than no veggies or totally pointless???


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 Post subject: Re: Frozen veggies
PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:25 am 
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nicole wrote:
Better than no veggies or totally pointless???


In this order: Fresh local (best), fresh, frozen, canned.

Fresh local would have the most nutrients. Fresh would be next, but if the veggies had to be transported a long distance and have been sitting for very long, I might grab frozen. In most cases frozen veggies are blanched and frozen close to having been harvested. Canned would hold the least nutrients although I do buy canned tomates for cooking and also beans to have on hand when I don't have time to soak dried (altough canned beans should be rinsed before using). Knowing what I know now I no longer buy canned veggies outside of the one's I listed.

If you are cooking the veggies the difference between the fresh and the frozen ("fresh packed") would be very minimal.


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 Post subject: Frozen
PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:20 pm 
I don't think its pointless to go frozen. Its definately not as good as fresh but when I was in dorms I had no choice but to keep frozen veggies/berries in my freezer and I got really strong getting alot of my veggies that way. I ate veggies in the cafateria too but other than the tomatoes, carrots and mushrooms there was only iceburg lettuce so really pretty much all my real greens were frozen.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:08 pm 
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I think sometimes, frozen is more nutritious than 'fresh': many frozen foods are quick frozen at the peak of ripeness, while 'fresh' stuff in the grocery store may have been shipped a long distance (and often picked uripe) and sitting around for many days. Just get organic if you can.

Frozen is definItely better than 'no' fruits/veggies.

Even better, perhaps, are dried veggies, especially if they are dried at a low temperature (and organic! Notice a theme?). I buy some from www.sunorganicfarm.com . They are good in the winter if you don't live somewhere where fresh/local is available year-round.


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 Post subject: veggies
PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 6:56 pm 
What dried veggies do you eat??? I've only seen dried seaweed


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:30 pm 
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there are sun dried tomatoes...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:51 pm 
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Thanks for the information everyone! My schedule is often CRAZY and I am usually only able to go grocery shopping about once every two weeks, so sometimes frozen is the best we can do. I'm glad that it's not all that bad! :D


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 Post subject: Re: veggies
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:12 am 
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veganpotter wrote:
What dried veggies do you eat??? I've only seen dried seaweed


So far, I've used dried red pepper (can't find organic locally, and I use it a lot), tomatoes, and mushrooms, but pretty much any veggie can be dried and later hydrated (the texture does change to something a bit chewier than the fresh, but you can usually find a way to work with it).


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