For many years, frozen food was considered ‘unhealthy’ or ‘not as good as fresh food’. This could not have been further from the truth and thankfully scientists and nutritionists have eventually busted this myth.
There is an element of ‘inverted snobbery’ when people claim that ‘fresh is best’ – unless you pick something straight from a tree, or freshly dug up from organic soil in your garden, this statement couldn’t be more wrong.
Supermarkets have a great range of fresh, so why choose frozen?
Next time you wander round a supermarket, looking lovingly at the vast array of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat you should ask yourself ‘how long did it take to get here?’ Those gorgeous, glossy apples you see may well have not seen a tree for many months and will certainly have been treated with some kind of preservative to retain their good looks. Or those delicious, pink and juicy prawns may well have been in frozen blocks of ice in a container for a long, long time, and in some cases, colouration has been applied. If you add transit time from point of origin to arrival on shelf, fresh is well, frankly, no longer fresh.
Does freezing food affect nutrition?
Grandmothers and old wives’ tales were always believed many years ago. The truth of the matter is that freezing does not remove, damage or lessen nutritional content of any food produce. It does in fact enhance it, when actioned accurately and professionally. Quality manufacturers such as Hey Fresto! will always use approved and ethically sourced produce from suppliers that they know and trust. This ensures the quality and flavour of the food that arrives with you.
Do frozen foods need preservatives?
If due care and attention is applied when freezing food, it will never need preservatives of any kind. Dedicated manufacturers of frozen food will always use blast freezers to retain the flavour, nutritional value and to prevent further growth of any microbes (bacteria) that may be trapped in the produce. Microbes cannot reproduce when frozen but can continue to grow on fresh food. Blast freezing is the most efficient and fastest way to maintain the quality of the product.
If you are purchasing food that you are going to place in your own freezer, always buy it ready frozen and defrost and cook it as per manufacturer’s instructions, to ensure premium usage.
Frozen food can be an asset, a cost saver and is low on wastage. Beautifully produced frozen meals are not only flavoursome, but they can also be more nutritious than fresh if handled correctly.