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3 Reasons To Embrace Frozen Foods

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1/ High nutritional value

Scientists and nutritionists will tell you that fruits and vegetables that were picked at the peak of their ripeness and freshness, quick-frozen in the appropriate conditions, and whose “cold chain” was carefully maintained (no higher temperature than -0.4 degrees F or -18 degrees C), possibly offer superior nutritional value than if bought fresh.

Produce bought at the farmers’ market the day after it was picked and consumed quickly obviously stands the test of freshness and high nutritional value. However, we must bear in mind that the longer raw produce lingers–in trucks, in stores or in our refrigerators–the more its quality declines.

2/ Food waste reduction

Which brings me to the next point: the astoundingly long shelf-life of frozen food. Buy it in bulk if you wish and use it as you need it. When considering that 40 percent of the food bought in America ends up in the bin (this number includes food served at restaurants but you get the idea; the Brits do hardly better at 35 percent), the opportunity offered by frozen food to dramatically shrink this wastage is simply astonishing.

3/ Improving carbon footprint

What is true at the consumer’s level is true on the farm as well: freezing a crop is a perfect way to avoid that any unsold surplus is left to rot in the field or ploughed under. In other words, it ensures that the greenhouse gas emissions that were emitted in order to produce it yield a higher return on investment – so to speak. Which implies a lower average carbon footprint of frozen food when strictly considering food production. Industry professionals argue that this absence of waste on the field, added to the decreased need for regular trips to the store (since consumers can buy in large quantities and fill their freezer) point to a very respectable carbon footprint of frozen food.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.

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3:40PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Thanks.

6:35AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Wonderful reminder to use it and bag/freeze it!

7:34PM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Brrr.

10:42PM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Frozen blue berries are yummy in a vegan smoothie !

4:18PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

i depends on frozen things a lot..being single kind of forces you to 'stock' up since not that many things couple in single user portions you always have some left over.

8:14PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

I love frozen berries! They taste great!

2:00PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

thanks for the info

1:58PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

Thanks for the info

12:15PM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Thanks for sharing! I love to eat frozen berries right out of the bag especially in the summer:-)

5:03AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Good one...

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