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12/27/13 1:56 P

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Nutritionally, *home grown* fresh is probably the best.
Secondarily, frozen is the best you can do commercially, because that produce is mostly flash-frozen, which preserves the nutrient profile.
What we get in groceries as "fresh" can be up to nearly 2 weeks from the ground. Not what I'd define as fresh.

There's nothing like a backyard garden, if you can manage one. I had one for a time, but had to give it up. I never could get anything into the house: it was always "pick-n-pop." From harvesting hand to my mouth. Fresh veggies are amazing!

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12/3/13 3:16 P

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Fresh..do not like the taste of things once they are frozen.

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11/25/13 10:21 A

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I eat predominantly fresh because I eat mostly local in season produce, but will use frozen peas, spinach, edamame and lima beans. I cook down San Marzano and Romas that I've grown and make gallons of tomato sauce that I freeze for use throughout the Winter months. I will freeze my own berries when I can get flats of them.

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11/24/13 4:12 A

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I freeze berries, whole, in season. I also freeze peppers.

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11/17/13 7:52 A

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11/17/13 7:50 A

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I, too, live in Canada, and in Newfoundland, the commodity chain is far from a straight line. In fact, most times we're at the mercy of the North Atlantic, and the ability of the ferry to cross from NS to NL.

So, when it comes to winter vegetables - many times I MUST resort to frozen.
I choose those that are additive-free (no sauces, no pasta, no stuff like that in the bag, too).

Otherwise, it's root vegetables, that have to become a staple on the menu (carrots, turnip/rutabaga, etc.)

Also, cabbage, squash and sweet potatoes tend to be something I have to head for at this time of the year.

Green vegetables (the tender types like lettuces and greens) tend to arrive from places like Mexico and California, and are already wilted (and in the plastic "clam shells" are usually spoiled and slimy in the middle where you can't see it immediately)

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11/15/13 7:04 A

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yes that is the best thing to do, hidden sugars etc in everything.

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11/14/13 1:57 A

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You have to read the labels. I stick to those with nothing added.

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11/14/13 12:34 A

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With that in mind LADYIRISH317 is it better to choose frozen, or are additives added?

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11/13/13 12:53 A

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It all depends on how long since they were picked, how far they had to travel, and how they were handled in between. It's very hard to be certain.

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11/13/13 12:49 A

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Thank you, all for your input

As much as I can I have fresh. Do they have the same vitamins, etc?

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11/12/13 10:25 P

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Most things I prefer fresh over frozen. The biggest exception is peas, but I'll also use frozen spinach in recipes.

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11/12/13 8:16 P

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Can't get by on socks?

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11/12/13 8:13 P

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Wow, talk about an inefficient shipping system. Crazy.

Here in Canada, once the growing season stops, all but cold storage food comes from really fr away. Fortunately, the commodity chain from California is pretty much a straight line to where I live. Yay for living close to a major food hub!

I freeze what I can from my own garden but again, living in Canada, the main growing month this year had temperatures so frigid our plants started inverting, even my farm share was sparse. So, in those instances, I make the choice of nutrition and food miles versus ethylene-ripened and food miles.

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11/12/13 7:47 P

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I am a believer in fresh over frozen, but I also think frozen is a lot better than picked unripe. Don't freeze my own (except berries) because I don't have a big freezer. I can, which is way inferior for nutritional value. I guess I'm more committed to eating local and spending as much of my grocery dollar directly with the grower than with minimizing my costs or maximizing my nutrients.

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11/12/13 7:42 P

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The ridiculous thing here is that there are peas for example that are grown for frozen, about 200 miles away. They are then shipped to the mainland, moved to the company's distribution centre, sold wholesale, moved to a major supermarket chain's distribution centre, shipped back to Tasmania, moved to the local distribution hub, finally moved to the local supermarket. They've done more hard miles on the road than Bob Dylan. I'd take dried peas before fresh; they may also have come a long way but they travel deck rather than Antarctica class.
In some countries (e.g. Italy) it's law that restaurants have to identify dishes on the menu that contain frozen produce because discerning eaters often seek to avoid.

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11/12/13 4:06 P

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unless you're getting within 100 miles local produce, frozen is a completely viable option. Frozen produce is picked ripe and flash frozen whereas fresh produce that comes from far away is picked unripe and then ripened with ethylene gas. I normally live in Canada during the winter, so unless I want to eat food that's been travelling for weeks or rutabaga, potatoes, and carrots for 6 months, frozen food it is.

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11/12/13 3:59 P

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Fresh fruit, vegetables also fresh depending on the season!

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should! - Desiderata


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11/12/13 8:54 A

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Yes I usually have fresh and in season, but with berries, they are so expensive so now opting to get frozen which is a bit cheaper.

Thank you everyone for your advice

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For me it all depends on the food and the season.

Jeremiah 29:11 ~~ "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."




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FRESH.
(Supermarket) frozen is tasteless, watery, overpriced, overpackaged, food-mile-heavy rubbish. Good for bruises and that's about it.
I don't freeze any of my own produce because I move/eat with the seasons.

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11/12/13 6:29 A

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Thank you very useful information

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11/12/13 6:09 A

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I was told frozen is just as good as fresh. In some cases it maybe better because the frozen has been flash frozen right away. Where the fresh sits for a period of time before it reaches the grocery store. That's my two cents.
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11/12/13 3:51 A

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Hi everyone,

quick question: what is best fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables. Also is it best to freeze your own?

Thank you for your time

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