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Plain frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh and so convenient — just heat and eat! And when fresh veggies are not in season, frozen vegetables are a great buy. If you have some in your freezer you’ll always have a great start to a terrific meal.
Save money by buying fresh veggies when they are in season. You can pick your own or buy extra at farmers’ markets and freeze it. When fresh veggies are not in season, frozen is a great alternative. Look for plain varieties (without added fat, salt or sauces). If buying canned vegetables, rinse them first before using to wash away some of the sodium.
To know if your frozen vegetables came from a farm in Ontario look for the Foodland Ontario logo or contact the manufacturer. “Product of Canada” may also be listed on the package label. That tells you the vegetables came from a farm in Canada. When you buy local food, you support farmers so they can keep producing high quality, affordable food we can all enjoy.
For the best-tasting frozen vegetables, remove the amount you need from the bag, squeeze the air out of the bag and tightly seal it. Return the bag to the freezer right away. Frozen vegetables keep for up to one year.
Wondering how to freeze your own vegetables? Use this chart to find out the best way to freeze different vegetables.
Did you know? Frozen vegetables do not need to be thawed. You can add them frozen to any dish you are making.
Try: Shrimp “fried” rice with vegetables
Try: Sweet Chili Tofu Stir-Fry
For a simple milk-based soup, try this:
For an easy chunky vegetable soup, try this:
Make lower-sodium canned soups better!
Try: Minestrone Soup
Try: Tofu Vegetable Soup
Ontario Winter Vegetable Soup
Video: How to store vegetables to keep them fresh
Vegetable and Fruit Checklist
Video: Simple steps to freeze food right
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