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The best frozen vegetables to buy: a simple foodie hack

The image shows three bags of frozen onions in a freezer. The image has a green border around it.

“Oh, frozen vegetables, that’s a good idea. I should buy those.” I’m always shocked when I hear it. And it happens a lot, often in the checkout queue. To me it’s baffling that some people don’t buy the frozen stuff and as a family, we easily go through six bags each month. But what are he best frozen vegetables to buy?

Why do I buy frozen vegetables?

Frozen vegetables are cheap, you can pick up a 750g bag for around £1.50. You can buy it in most supermarkets, although you may struggle to get it in smaller stores.

It lasts in the freezer for as long as you need it to. Or until it runs out in my case. And it’s already peeled and chopped. 

I use it a lot. In fact, frozen veg creates the base of most of my slow cooker wonders.

Frozen onions are a personal favourite, because who wants to be chopping onions on the regular? They smell and they make you cry. I’ve been known to cut my hand with a knife before now too. 

Some people peel, chop, prepare and freeze their own veg. That’s not for me. I use it to save time. But I’d consider doing this if I spied some fresh veg in the yellow sticker section of the supermarket.

This picture shows some frozen peas and written over the image it says: ‘Hacks -- a shopping essential -- frozen vegetables.’

Is it worth it?

I’m certainly not advocating that you only buy frozen vegetables from here on in. I personally can’t stand frozen broccoli florets, carrots, stir-fry mixes and Mediterranean veg, as it doesn’t taste fresh to me and I’m often left with a pool of water in the pan. However, I can’t understand why frozen onions, mushrooms, peppers and peas aren’t a regular on the shopping list for all households. I mean I wouldn’t lob them in a fresh salad, or on a sandwich, but they’re a winner in any sauce, stew or curry and I make plenty of those in my slow cooker.

You have to be selective when it comes to purchasing frozen veg and it very much comes down to personal preference. However, if you haven’t ventured down the frozen vegetable aisle before, then I suggest that you give it a try. It will probably save you money and make your life that tiny bit easier.

4 thoughts on “The best frozen vegetables to buy: a simple foodie hack

  1. Frozen vegetable base mix is my superhero – it’s carrots, celery and onion all chopped up very small – perfect base for bolognaise, chilli, stew, soups etc xx

  2. I think most people eat frozen peas, they are a staple in our house anyways. I love the crunch of fresh peppers and it is more economical for me to buy a big bag of onions and chop them myself, I think the taste has more depth. We also get an organic veg box delivered each week as eating clean is important to us and I love the variation of produce depending on the season.
    Other vegetables that freeze well are corn, green beans and spinach.

    1. Do the onions not make you cry? I like them but they do sting my eyes.

      I’m not a fan of frozen spinach. I usually eat spinach as base to my salads and I much prefer fresh. I also think it can be a bit slimy in stews and curries.

  3. I’ve recently started buying more frozen veg – peas, onions, green beans, corn on the cob, parsnips, I don’t mind broccoli if I part boil it then finish it in a frying pan for a stir fry. As I’m the only one that likes broccoli in my house it would be a waste to buy a fresh one so this means I can have it – that’s what’s great about frozen veg! Peppers are fine if needs must but they seem to be cut too small for me, I have some in the fridge nearing use by date so I’m going to try chopping up and freezing them myself. I do this with mushrooms as I find frozen ones retain too much water and go almost slimy? Also, I know it’s not a veg but frozen garlic has been a great go to of mine! I love garlic but the smell lasts on my hands for far too long from handling and chopping it!
    It’s great to see other thinking frozen veg is a good idea as I never see other people buying it either.

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