For a while now, frozen foods have been under a lot of scrutinies and have been placed under the same category as a grub. However, there’s a huge difference between the two.
Freezing foods is an important and convenient method to preserve your food. It also has an added advantage of actually being good for you. The belief that frozen foods are dangerous to eat is very much a lie. Freezing reduces the number of harmful bacteria in your food or inactivates it.
There are several benefits of freezing foods and we’ll cover the important aspects of its benefits.
General Benefits of Frozen Foods
Convenience – This is naturally one of the best benefits of frozen foods. They are easy to transport and quick to heat up when ready to eat. Whether you freeze your food or order them, they are ever ready. Items like frozen fruits are popular for morning smoothies and pre-chopped vegetables are used to make soups and other dishes relatively quickly.
A natural form of preservative – Usually, processed foods are full of additives for a longer preservation time and better taste. The additives are the ones that make these foods a bit tasty, otherwise, they’re usually blunt. Some of the additives are salt and sodium which enhance the food’s color and help bind ingredients. On the other hand, frozen food doesn’t need all those additive additions/preservatives. They are quite unnecessary in freezing. All you need to do is just put the food in the freezer and get it out when you’re ready to eat it.
Long preservation time – You can help extend the lifespan of your food by freezing them when they’re at peak ripeness. The number of days a portion of food can last in the fridge depends on the food but generally, they can last up to an incredible 18 months. For a long duration, make sure they’re at their peak freshness, wash, dry, and then put in the refrigerator. Wet foods are discouraged because you’ll end up with frozen bricks that are hard to separate. Also, make sure the frozen foods are not exposed to air by storing them in air-tight containers as air can cause freezer burn that can affect flavor, texture, and nutrition.
Healthy – Frozen foods are very healthy and can sometimes be better the non-frozen foods. For example, frozen vegetables have more nutrition (vitamins and minerals) available compared to their out-of-season fresh counterparts. This is because freezing locks all the sensitive (easily lost) vitamins and nutrients from getting lost during the storage or transportation process. There is no change to these food’s carbohydrate, protein, or fat content. Moreover, you can store multiple food types in your refrigerator and then have a balanced diet when you’re making your meal.
Reduction of food waste – Freezing reduces the amount of food that’s wasted over a long period. You simply store the food in the freezer up until you want to eat it. Also, you can freeze/refreeze your leftover meals to prevent unnecessary waste.
Cheap – frozen foods are usually cheaper than their fresh or chilled counterparts and are equally or just as good as them, perhaps even more.
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Benefits of Frozen Fish
Often, frozen fish is considered ‘fresher’ than other non-frozen fish because those fish take a while before reaching the market. When frozen immediately after fishing, the fish is kept at optimum ‘freshness’.
They are less expensive than their fresh counterparts and can be approximately 25% cheaper. Furthermore, there’s year-round price stability and product availability due to the fish’s extended shelf life. You can get fish at great prices year-round because of this technology.
There’s also the added advantage that frozen fish has on the environment. Frozen fish can be kept for a longer duration and doesn’t need to be flown daily like the fresh ones. This reduces your trips and flights for seasonal deliveries and reduces the amount of fish taken out of the water daily.
As freezing provides year-long availability of fish, it keeps the family healthy by offering nutrition needed for a balanced diet. When frozen. All microbiological activity in the fish stops which includes pathogens that cause food poisoning.
Benefits of Frozen Vegetables
Whether it’s the in-season or the out-season for vegetables, freezing helps to get that ‘just picked’ taste that can be found in fresh vegetables
Frozen pre-chopped vegetables require no preparation, and you can be steamed, stir-fried, or even microwaved in no time at all.
Frozen vegetables offer a healthy lifestyle choice since you can find them readily available when you want to eat.
Freezing vegetables locks in vitamins and other helpful minerals at the point of harvest to when it’s on your plate ready to eat!