Which Vegetables Are OK to Buy Frozen?

Good Questions

Q: I read in some articles that frozen or canned veggies or beans are better than the ones that are "fresh," because the frozen ones are flash frozen straight from being picked.

However, they never mentioned which ones are good or best frozen or canned, and which foods should always be gotten fresh.

Sent by Candice Editor: Candice, our rule of thumb is that, when in season, almost all vegetables are better fresh. But in the winter, when almost all fresh vegetables are being shipped from far away, out of season and probably stored for long periods of time, then frozen vegetables are almost always a better bet. Also, we almost universally prefer frozen over canned. (The exception there is tomatoes.)

With frozen vegetables, here are the ones we like to keep around:

• Peas
• Edamame
• Chopped spinach
• Green beans
• Artichoke hearts

We don't like frozen corn enough to keep it around; it just makes us miss fresh summer corn.

But what about the rest of you? Which frozen vegetables do you enjoy?

Related: What Are Essential Pantry Items for the Freezer?

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