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What frozen / tinned fruit and veg are actually okay?

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AchtungBaby Fri 10-Jun-11 10:15:37

I tend to only use fresh fruit and veg, but sometimes find myself throwing away unused food when I'm disorganised busy.

So, what frozen / tinned fruit and veg are actually okay? It would be great to have some in as a backup for when the fridge is bare!

I just bought some frozen sliced leeks. Would these work in a soup? I'd love to buy some frozen chopped onions (I didn't know that you could buy such a thing until recently), as I hate chopping onions. Some posters also mention frozen blueberries, hmm.

I already buy tinned sweetcorn, but can't think of any other tinned fruit or veg that might be okay (although I'm sure that some must be!).

I / we need to cook for DH and I, and DS (9 months) if that helps. And I know that fresh is best, and that's what I'll continue to strive for, but I'd rather give DS something homemade even if it does contain frozen / tinned fruit or veg, rather than a jar / pouch of baby food.

RitaMorgan Fri 10-Jun-11 10:23:55

I use frozen peas, frozen spinach, frozen sweetcorn cobs and frozen green beans quite a lot - all pretty good. Frozen berries are all good too.

Have recently bought some frozen broccoli but haven't tried it out yet.

I mostly use frozen veg - saves on waste.

missnevermind Fri 10-Jun-11 10:24:07

Tinned and frozen can be better vitamin wise than old badly stored fresh veg.

Cattleprod Fri 10-Jun-11 10:24:09

Tinned peaches are really nice with custard.

Frozen mixed fruit is great to use in smoothies for a refreshing summer drink.

With frozen veg, I like petits pois, supersweet sweetcorn, spinach (easy to hide in pasta) and brussel sprouts.

MotherPanda Fri 10-Jun-11 10:36:35

I find that frozen green beans are often quite good - as long as you dont buy the ones that are already sliced up, and i always buy frozen corn on the cob - very yummy and much cheaper than the fresh stuff!

I would avoid fozen carrots, they are always very watery.

KnottyLocks Fri 10-Jun-11 10:42:14

Frozen cauli and broccoli are great for quick cauliflower/broccoli cheeses.

Frozen spinach, peas, french beans, sweetcorn all fine.

You can get frozen mixed berry bags which are great for pies or crumbles, adding a chopped apple if you fancy or they make good summer puddings or compotes.

Tinned pineapple, peaches, pears, mandarins all fine.

MooM00 Fri 10-Jun-11 10:42:27

Tinned prunes make a lovely rich crumble ( i make little ones in ramekins as eating a lot of prune crumble is not always a good thing).

Tan3 Fri 10-Jun-11 10:45:22

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Aworryingtrend Fri 10-Jun-11 11:42:35

Frozen broccoli, frozen cauliflower, frozen beansprouts, frozen peas, frozen berries all good.

Tins of ratatouille are good to have on standby, can eb bulked out with other veg if you have it in.

Tinned tomatoes of course.

Tinned pineapple, blackberries, peaches all fine in desserts, not sure i would have them as you would eat a piece of fresh fruit'.

AchtungBaby Fri 10-Jun-11 17:59:15

Thanks for all of the replies smile!

I went to the supermarket with DH, and we're now the proud owners of frozen spinach, chopped onions, and blueberries. I'll definitely start going down the frozen fruit and veg aisle now!

I also plan to buy some tinned mandarins for DS to have in plain yoghurt / fromage frais.

RitaMorgan Fri 10-Jun-11 18:01:18

Let us know how the frozen onions are - I am a bit sceptical!

AchtungBaby Fri 10-Jun-11 18:05:38

grin I will.

thereistheball Fri 10-Jun-11 18:14:01

France lives on frozen food. Their Iceland equivalent is a gourmet experience. It sells frozen sliced onions, chopped veg for making ratatouille (disappointing) and tons of other prepped veg.

Personally I am happy to use frozen green beans (whole, and only certain brands), frozen spinach (for curries and eggs), frozen peas, tinned sweetcorn and beans of different varieties.

ChippyMinton Fri 10-Jun-11 18:21:02

Frozen:
mango
blueberries
peas
Tins/jars:
tomato/passata
roasted red peppers
garlic
sweetcorn
pears

bigTillyMint Fri 10-Jun-11 18:25:38

I use frozen:
peas
sweetcorn (they won't touch tinned!)
peppers
broad beans
spinach
sometimes french beans
sometimes chopped onions

I find frozen carrots, cauli and broccoli very mushy <<gag>>

tinned:
peaches
pears
mandarins
fruit salad (olde stylie in fruit juice, of course wink)
summer fruits
blackberries
raspberries
mango
tomatoes

Collision Fri 10-Jun-11 18:27:24

Can I also recommend frozen mushrooms, peppers and onions. I have a bag of each of these in the freezer and they are all really handy to add to dishes.

The mushrooms are very mushroomy if you know what I mean!!

ChippyMinton Fri 10-Jun-11 18:31:49

Tinned mushrooms are good for the authentic full-english in a caff experience.

dreamofwhitehorses Fri 10-Jun-11 18:31:54

Frozen peas. I didn't realise anyone lived without them! (And they keep all their nutrients, I believe)
Frozen sweetcorn same.
Tinned tomatoes, baked beans, kidney beans.
Have recently tried frozen leeks and they are brilliant for a quick soup, although you will notice a bit of difference from fresh.

And of course the classic 4 can camping stew.
Tin of stewing steak, carrots, peas, potatoes, into a pan and heat through. Eat with bread in a sleeping bag.

AchtungBaby Sat 11-Jun-11 13:25:06

Thanks, lots more replies smile!

I made an emergency leek and potato soup for part of DS's lunch this morning, using frozen chopped onions and sliced leeks. It was fine, and tasted much like the last all-fresh-ingredients leek and potato soup that I made him.

Now I'm going to make a less-emergency red lentil soup, so I'm planning to ask DH nicely to chop 2 onions for me...

JetLi Sat 11-Jun-11 13:32:41

I too found the frozen broccoli a bit waterlogged, but I have switched to steaming it and its not nearly so much of a problem. Would agree frozen carrots have an odd texture, but I have a passion for tinned carrots. Green beans are fine here, also frozen mushrooms to sling into sauces & casseroles.

nickelbabe Sat 11-Jun-11 13:34:13

it's always worth making some ready-meals with fresh ingredients then freezing those - soups are good for that, because you can also freeze the bread grin

and casseroles, pies, etc.

SarahLundsredJumper Sat 11-Jun-11 13:35:06

Frozen mixed veg great
also spinach
peas sweetcorn
frozen casserole veg
also frozen herbs -saves wastage when the supermarket pots give up and die after a weekhmm

nickelbabe Sat 11-Jun-11 13:35:11

(and most frozen veg is actually better than fresh, because they freeze it immediately it's picked, whereas fresh can be sitting around for a couple of weeks before it's eaten.)

Flossie69 Sat 11-Jun-11 13:44:35

Frozen chopped onions are a god-send - so easy, no tears, just add them striaght to the frying pan. I also do the frozen peas and sweetcorn, but all other veg I do fresh - it isn't normally around long enough to go off.

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Sat 11-Jun-11 13:49:36

Glad to see frozen sweetcorn getting the thumbs up I have bought some today.

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