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Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: Elphaba ()
Date: November 15, 2006 10:00AM

This is probably a silly question, but are frozen vegetables really raw?

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: davidzanemason ()
Date: November 15, 2006 10:09AM

Most are going to be at least blanched (doused with boiling water) before being frozen. They are not as vital or healthy as fresh...so I would shoot for the healthier fresh alternative. However, if consuming frozen vegetables helps YOU during your transition....and helps you eat more fresh raw veggies in the future, I say go for it!

-David Z. Mason

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: RawRookie ()
Date: November 15, 2006 10:09AM

I may be wrong but isn't the process for freezing veggies is first boiling them in really hot water but then freeze them? This way the veggies do not get soggy after defrosting them.

If I cam correct - then I would say no.

Please correct me if I am wrong!

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: November 15, 2006 10:09AM

They are raw but not as nutritious as fresh raw vegetables.
[www.rawfoodexplained.com]

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: Funky Rob ()
Date: November 15, 2006 11:09AM

djatchi Wrote:
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> They are raw but not as nutritious as fresh raw
> vegetables.
> [www.rawfoodexplained.com]
> age-of-foods-part-i/does-freezing-harm-foods.html

Store bought frozen veggies will have been cooked first. This article is refering to freezing your own food, which is not as bad as cooking.

Rob

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Rob Hull - Funky Raw
My blog: [www.rawrob.com]

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: mtnkathy ()
Date: November 15, 2006 11:17AM

Vegetables are blanched first, placed in boiling water for a pre-determined amount of time per kind of vegetable. It is usually just 2-4 minutes. They are then plunged into ice cold water to stop the "cooking." The purpose of blanching is to STOP ENZYME ACTIVITY so the "quality" does not degenerate for the time period they are frozen.

They are less cooked than canned, but they are still cooked briefly and at least a portion of enzymes are killed. Live, enzyme rich food is the goal of those eating raw food. But this would certainly be a better way of transitioning than some others I can think of.

I used to freeze my own produce from my garden and read up on the subject. They can be frozen without blanching, but the norm is to blanch. I do not believe fruits are blanched first, but I am not certain as I never had fruits and never studied it out.

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: Elphaba ()
Date: November 15, 2006 07:39PM

Thanks for all the replies!

I am still 100% raw right now because wiggle room only encourages me to wiggle as much as I can (just my own personal limitations) and I am not ready to try less, at this point. I was just asking to see if I could use up the frozen vegetables I have in my freezer or if I should give them away.

It looks like someone is in for some yummy frozen veggies...

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: arugula ()
Date: November 15, 2006 08:29PM

I say eat them yourself. They are not that bad. But don't repurchase.

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: sodoffsocks ()
Date: November 15, 2006 09:28PM

Frozen veggies are definately cooked - I worked in a frozen pea factory for a summer. Don't eat 'em! Actually, I didn't eat frozen veggies EVER again after working there, it's really gross, all sorts of random stuff ends up in the bins. Also, is that frozen food, erm, "fresh"? No, it's several years old, frozen food companies buffer against bad years at the farm by stock piling around 3 years worth of frozen goods. So the frozen food you buy today, was harvested at least three years ago.

Bottom line, even if you want to eat cooked veggies, stay away from commercial frozen foods.

Ian.

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: coconutcream ()
Date: November 16, 2006 09:56PM

hmmmm..I would buy fresh instead

MADO

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Re: Frozen Vegetables
Posted by: admin ()
Date: November 17, 2006 03:00AM

store bought frozen vegetables are BLANCHED before freezing so they will retain there brilliant color - Blanched means they are immersed in boiling water.. So they are COOKED! Yes - EVEN ORGANIC VEGGIES.

I have confirmed this with several manufacturers of ORGANIC frozen vegetables.

Fresh vegetables are best. Grow them yourself! Eat wild dandelions with a smile!

From my research, FROZEN fruits are raw, since they are not blanched, since they generally have a higher sugar content, and do not loose their color.

That being said, frozen fruit or any frozen foods are not optimal, and should be only a small part of a raw food diet.

90% raw should be from fresh fruits and vegetables. 10% should be everything else, nuts, seeds, frozen fruits, etc..

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