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The lockdown has given me a new respect for frozen vegetables...

Historically I have not generally a fan of frozen vegetables, as if you don't cook them just right they can be a bit mushy... however this lockdown has changed my mind.

I bought frozen vegetables at the beginning of the restrictions as buying fresh vegetables would have led to waste and more frequent trips to the shops. I found that steaming the veg gently for 15 mins in my steamer generally produces firm, tasty veg. Not as good as fresh still of course, but definitely decent.

The other thing it is totally brilliant for is making soups. I put some frozen peas, carrots and broccoli into a pan, add some herbs, garlic cloves and vegetable and/or chicken stock cubes and then boil it in around 500ml of water for 10 mins to soften and cook the vegetables. I then then blend it all smooth and then usually add well chopped leftover chicken from a previous batch that I cooked (but you can add any meat you want) and then simmer it gently for 20 mins. The result is a delicious and healthy chicken and vegetable soup that barely takes any effort to make and has enough for 3-4 portions.

After this is all over I think that frozen vegetables will be a permanent fixture in my kitchen. Quick, easy, tasty and with no worry about waste.
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Re: The lockdown has given me a new respect for frozen vegetables...

Frozen spinach is a winner for curries and smoothies.
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Re: The lockdown has given me a new respect for frozen vegetables...

The Migros extra-fine frozen peas are much tastier than the regular size.
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Old 26.04.2020, 20:25
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The Migros extra-fine frozen peas are much tastier than the regular size.
Thatís funny, I think the opposite, I much prefer the bigger ones.
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Re: The lockdown has given me a new respect for frozen vegetables...

The one frozen vegetable I canít find here is frozen corn.
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The one frozen vegetable I canít find here is frozen corn.
You could try Aligro, I think they may do it.
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Old 26.04.2020, 20:34
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Aligro has it.
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Re: The lockdown has given me a new respect for frozen vegetables...

Yeah, they have a pretty extensive frozen veg section. Much better than the other supermarkets.
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Yes, froezn veg- so convenient too when you are only cooking for two.
And weeds - I have been cooking a lot of weeds- different species. From garden to kitchen in minutes, with all the vitamins intact and garanteed organic/bio.
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And weeds - I have been cooking a lot of weeds- different species. From garden to kitchen in minutes, with all the vitamins intact and garanteed organic/bio.
Maybe you can help people out in a thread supposed to be about frozen vegetables that you appear to have gone on a bit of a tangent with and provide a little useful information and specify which 'weeds' you cook with? I doubt all random garden weeds are a desirable addition to a dish.
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Re: The lockdown has given me a new respect for frozen vegetables...

Weeds made me laugh. Some people do cook with weed, singular.

Frozen veggies are awesome. I grew up on them since we could only eat local fresh produce or frozen veggies, that was it. Frozen spinach is great, peas, coliflower or broccoli - I make simple soup from any one of those when I feel like tasting one particular vegetable: fry onion, bacon and garlic, add frozen peas (or broccoli, or whatever you have frozen), boil in a bit of bouillon, add kiri-kiri or cream and blend. You can add one potato if you feel like milder taste. Any fresh herbs will do (parsley, chives, spring onion, basil). I tend to flavor spinach soup with nutmeg and sometimes add an egg after I blend it, if we need proteins. Broccoli gets flavored by a bit of Italian mix of spices and grated parmesan and home made croutons...hmmm. Soups. We make them a couple times per week, summer or winter, quarantine or not.
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Maybe you can help people out in a thread supposed to be about frozen vegetables that you appear to have gone on a bit of a tangent with and provide a little useful information and specify which 'weeds' you cook with? I doubt all random garden weeds are a desirable addition to a dish.

Dandelions have a lot of health benefits and there are tons of recipes online. You do need to be careful where you are picking them from in case they have been sprayed with pesticide.
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Old 27.04.2020, 08:30
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Maybe you can help people out in a thread supposed to be about frozen vegetables that you appear to have gone on a bit of a tangent with and provide a little useful information and specify which 'weeds' you cook with? I doubt all random garden weeds are a desirable addition to a dish.
Maybe you can freeze weeds which have been picked and cook them later?
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Dandelions have a lot of health benefits and there are tons of recipes online. You do need to be careful where you are picking them from in case they have been sprayed with pesticide.

Dandelions are well known here and when in season are frequently found on restaurant menus, usually served with an egg and bacon bits.


There are no pests early on in the season so highly unlikely they would have pesticide on them, the best place to find them are in cow pasture/grass fields and the season is before the cows go out into the fields.
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Aligro has it.
I had never heard of Aligro until this thread. Reminds me a bit of Costco back home...will have to pay it a visit, but it looks like I would need a car.

Frozen spinach is the best. The kind with cream is excellent when you want a comforting side dish - just add a bit of butter and lemon zest. I also use it without cream for curries like saag. Defrost it on the side and squeeze the water out of it before adding it to your curry. Managed to make it to the Asian market over the weekend and bought some lovely frozen edamame. One of my favourite healthy snacks.
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There are no pests early on in the season so highly unlikely they would have pesticide on them, the best place to find them are in cow pasture/grass fields and the season is before the cows go out into the fields.
My neighbour has plenty as he doesn't own a lawnmower. But I can't pick them because that would be trespassing.
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My neighbour has plenty as he doesn't own a lawnmower. But I can't pick them because that would be trespassing.

Evidently some of us have nicer neighbours than you
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