Friday, June 11, 2010

Canned vs. Frozen: Frugal Food Friday

I've made several tasty healthy recipes to share since my last Frugal Food Friday post...and things were so crazy at dinner time, I forgot to take a now I'll just have to make them again...YUM!

Anyway, I thought I'd share something new that I'm trying.  The more processed a food is, the more nutrician and flavor it loses.  Therefore in general...fresh is best, frozen next best, then canned.  Canned food can also be quite expensive, not to mention all the packaging that goes into canned.  (We don't have can recycling here, so we save them up for a visit to parents who live in more enlightened parts.  I just cannot bring myself to thrown cans in the trash.)  I try to buy frozen veggies when possible, but then they tend to get freezer burned if I buy them in big bags.

So...maybe all of you already do this...but it just occurred to me.

I bought my big bag of corn a week or so and did the same thing I did with my beans a while ago.  I filled up an empty can with the corn.  Dumped those in a ziploc back and repeated until I had a lot of 1 can size baggies of corn, ready to pull out and substitute into recipes calling for canned corn.  Then all those little baggies go in a big baggie, so they're double protected from the freezer burn.


Kathy Haynie said...

Clever idea! Should be a no-brainer, but I've never thought of it before. Thanks, Polly!

Katie said...

Great idea Polly. I never thought of this before either, but it totally makes sense. Thanks!

alee said...

Great if only we had a big freezer! :)

Colette said...

Cool :]

I also heard that actually flash freeze frozen fruits and vegetables can be sometimes more nutritious than fresh, seeing as during delivery and some of it loses its health in the process while flash freeze pretty much "flashes" them into place.

:D I like your blog and the little tips. hehe.


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