It’s winter and that means the choice of vegetables in season are somewhat limited. Why’s that important?
It’s because what’s in season is what you can get the best deals on. Here’s what is in season during the winter:
- Cabbage (White, Red and Savoy)
- Winter Squash
So what’s a frugal mom supposed to do if they are craving green beans, peas or asparagus in the middle of winter?
The solution is — Buy Frozen.
After all, most frozen fruits and veggies are frozen shortly after they’re harvested, they’re allowed to fully ripen. This means those frozen vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and freezing “locks in” many of their nutrients.
However, just like buying fresh produce, there are some money saving steps you should take to guarantee you get the most out of those frezh veggies. Here they are.
- Only select frozen vegetables from a freezer case where the temperature registers 0 degrees farenheit or below
- Make sure the package you pick is below the freezer line
- Pick clean and firm packages – A dirty or soggy package indicates mishandling.
- Shake the package. The food should rattle around. If it doesn’t, the food has probably thawed and become refrozen as a solid block. This can make a significant difference in the taste, texture, color and events nutrients in your frozen vegetables. So definitely shake it.
Follow these simple steps and you can get the most for your money from the frozen vegetables you buy and enjoy vegetables that might not even be in season.