For as much as people talk about the fresh produce and the prepared meals at Whole Foods, people never really talk about the frozen food section. In attempts to get that conversation started, we had Kitchn editors share their must-buy items in the frozen aisle. The answers included cool treats, organic fruit, seafood, and more.
"I load up on frozen fruit for smoothies. Those blueberries! I eat them by the handful, and one time I double checked to make sure they didn't have added sugar because they're that good and sweet." — Grace Elkus, Senior Food Editor
"I probably eat too many of these, but they're made with real strawberries and they're only 120 calories each, so how bad can they be? It's not like I have more than one a day ... " — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Editor
"I second the fruit bars and frozen fruit! I also get the bagged frozen collard greens. I love collards, but I'm so lazy about prepping them, so this is the perfect solution — they're prepped, chopped, and ready to go. And because they're sold in a bag, which I wish was resealable, not a frozen block, I can use as much as I want and I'm not committed to the whole package. I usually just sauté them with some olive oil, shallots, garlic, and a splash of apple cider vinegar for a quick side dish. I also add them to pasta, egg scrambles, smoothies, and fried rice." — Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor
"I like that all of their seafood is responsibly farmed: no antibiotics, and with a minimal impact on the environment. Whole Foods' frozen fish is also flash frozen, which means the flavor/texture is preserved as soon as it's caught. I always buy frozen for that reason. Plus, Whole Foods has a wide variety of shrimp, which is great depending on what I'm cooking. For a shrimp boil recipe, I want peeled and deveined tail-on shrimp, which they have. But if I want a quick and easy weeknight sheet pan shrimp, for example, I'll buy the tail-off variety." — Grace
"We like the texture. The filling is light unlike other frozen cheese tortellini that tends to be dense. It's an easy school lunch and it's good as a hot meal or in a pasta salad." — Tracey Gertler, Production Assistant
"The crust gets so crispy. That's really all you need to know!" — Hali Bey Ramdene, Food Director
"For starters, these won our frozen chicken nugget taste test. They get flash-frozen before being breaded and flash-fried to set the coating. The breading is always just right and the chicken is juicy and obviously chicken. Whole Foods is the only store in my area that carries this brand, so I always stock up. " — Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor
Do you have anything to add? Leave your favorite frozen groceries from Whole Foods in the comments below!