The Key Benefits of Frozen Food and Our Top Meals for You
Sep 30, 2020
You’ve probably always heard that nothing beats fresh foods in terms of nutrition and taste. And, that’s true to some extent.
But frozen foods can be just as good – if not better – than fresh alternatives in some cases. Moreover, frozen foods have a slew of benefits that make them a cost-effective and convenient option.
In this article, we’re going to break down all the benefits of frozen food and pick out some of our top options.
Let’s start with the most crucial benefit of all.
Frozen Foods Can Be Healthier
If you’re lucky enough to have your own farm, and your food is genuinely farm-to-table, then you’ve got frozen foods beat by a mile. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that luxury. We shop at supermarkets that are stocked from farms and fisheries hundreds of miles away. And, consequently, we’re at the mercy of those supermarkets.
Despite being “fresh,” the food on supermarket shelves may have been there for weeks by the time you purchase it. So there’s no telling the state it’s in. Frozen foods are a solution to that problem in several ways.
Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Retain Vitamins and Phytonutrients
When fruits and veggies are frozen quickly and efficiently, it stops the decaying process in its tracks. When you’re ready to thaw them, they’re practically in the same state they were when they were frozen.
Conversely, fresh produce can lose more than half of its vitamins and nutrients during storage. And that nutrient loss is worse when distributors cut corners in storage.
Another key to locking in nutrients in produce? Don’t overcook them.
Frozen Meat May Actually be “Fresher”
“Fresh” meat can be especially problematic when it comes to storage practices. Unless meatpackers follow strict protocols, meat can go bad extremely quickly. However, commercial freezing equipment can snap-freeze cuts of meat and stop the degradation process. When you thaw frozen meat, the meat is as fresh as the day it came out of the meatpacking plant.
Here’s a tip to conserve the texture of meat when you thaw it:
Defrost as slowly as possible, preferably in the refrigerator overnight.
Frozen Food Reduces the Risk of Food Poisoning
Perhaps one of the most important benefits is how strict hygiene guidelines are for frozen foods. Freezing is one of the safest ways to preserve foods, both at home and commercially. For as long as foods are frozen, they’re as safe as it was when you put them in the freezer.
The only issues that may arise are in the thawing process. But if you follow safety guidelines for thawing foods, frozen foods are less likely to cause food poisoning.
In addition to health, there are numerous other benefits you’ll get from frozen foods, not least of which is how trouble-free they are.
Frozen Foods Are More Convenient
Imagine you’re getting ready to prepare dinner for your family, and all you have are fresh ingredients. That may sound like a dream come true on paper. But when the rubber meets the road, there’s a ton of washing, cutting, and prep work to do before you even put a pan on the burner.
Now, imagine the same scenario, but you have a premade frozen meal, just ready to pop in the oven. In 30 minutes, you and your family can be enjoying dinner. And if you got your food from Lemon and Vine, it’s just as delicious and nutritious as it would be made from fresh ingredients.
Frozen foods are spectacular at cutting down food waste. About a third of US food goes to waste each year, and one of the main culprits is food decaying on store shelves.
Freezing food keeps it fresh much longer, and storing it is more convenient for supermarkets. Moreover, you can freeze foods at home to prevent food waste on an individual level. Instead of throwing out that banana, freeze it for your next batch of banana bread.
By virtue of being a lot cheaper to store, frozen foods are also cheaper to buy. For fresh fish to reach some parts of the world, it needs to be shipped immediately at huge shipping costs. The same fish can reach those places frozen at a much more reasonable cost.
It Helps With Portion Control
When you have to prepare meals from scratch, you’re the ultimate arbiter of how much you’ll prepare. And sometimes, it just doesn’t make sense to make a single portion of a complicated dish. So you may end up making much more than you need.
With frozen meals, that’s never an issue. Each meal is pre-portioned and contains a set amount of food. You’ll get the same portion every time, so daily food planning becomes a cinch.
The Best Frozen Greek Food
That should be enough to make you reconsider how you view frozen foods. And we’re going to help you get started with some of our favorite Greek dishes. Suppose you can’t make it to the store, no sweat. You can buy greek frozen food online at our online store, and we’ll ship it to you.
- Mikro Kefthethes
Keftethes are the exquisite Greek version of meatballs. However, they’re infused with spices and various flavors you won’t find in your everyday meatballs.
Mikro kefthethes are tiny, bite-sized meatballs prepared with a tangy and robust tomato sauce and ready to eat. All you have to do is simmer them in a saucepan, and they’re ready to eat from frozen in 20 minutes.
- Three Cheese Quiche
If you have two minutes and a microwave, you have enough time to make a delicious quiche. Parmesan, goat cheese, and sharp cheddar come together in this light and scrumptious dish for a quick, guilt-free meal.
For an even creamier texture, steam the quiche in a non-stick pan. Put it in the pan with a tablespoon of water and heat it gently for about five minutes.
Spanakopita is almost ubiquitous in frozen food aisles at this point. But you’ve never tried a spanakopita like ours. From the creamy feta to the crispy filo dough, we carefully select all our ingredients to ensure an unparalleled taste experience.
Bake these bite-sized treats in a preheated oven, and you’ll be ready to enjoy them in 30 minutes. Want to elevate your spanakopitas? Brush them with a little melted butter before you put them in the oven. You’ll get a golden, crispy top like you wouldn’t believe.
Frozen Foods to the Rescue
Hopefully, you’re ready to embrace frozen foods as a staple of your eating habits. They’re convenient, affordable, and just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts. And with so many amazing frozen foods that are good for you, you never have to worry about variety.
And if you’re adding some frozen foods to your daily basket, why not start with one of the excellent options we listed in this article. We use only the finest ingredients to make all our Old World Greek traditional foods with love.
If you live in the Northwest you can find them in your local grocery, or you can buy them directly from our online shop. And if you have any questions or comments about our process or frozen foods in general, we’d love to hear from you. Use the contact form above to reach out.
Until next time,