Time Saving Tuesday (TST) 4
|December 1, 2015||Filled under Freezer Tips, Time Saving Tuesday|
Join me for the (mostly) weekly Time Saving Tuesday tip.
As a single mother with three daughters, a house, cats and a job working close to 50 hours a week, the only way I can keep up my wonder woman persona is to find things that save me time. This can be a good thing when it comes to not slipping back into former habits that contributed to hurting my health. Over the years I’ve come up with lots of tricks that work for me and, thanks to Pinterest and the many websites out there, I see lots of others that I’d like to try one day. Each week I thought I would share either a tip that I use or something that I’ve seen on another site. Perhaps some of these will work for you to help save you time and make things a bit easier. If you’ve got a great time saving tip to share why not post it in the comment section below.
This week’s TST tip is to help save you time and money is choose frozen vegetables.
While people often believe that fresh fruits and vegetables are the better option you may be surprised to learn that the nutrition in their frozen counterparts is generally equal to, if not better than, those that are fresh. Those fresh fruits and vegetables that you see in your local market quite often take weeks to go from being picked on the farm to various wholesalers and distributors before arriving at your grocery store. During that time the nutritional content of the produce is slowly declining. From there you purchase them and they then spend a little more time sitting in your refrigerator waiting to be used.
Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak of ripeness and are frozen within hours. Freezing helps to maintain the nutritional content as well as the flavor. Plus they save me a ton of time because I don’t have to peel and chop them. After a long day of work frozen vegetables help me cut down on the time it takes to put a meal on the table. Bonus time saving points for simply opening a bag of mixed frozen vegetables to add to a crockpot dish before I run out the door in the morning.
Choosing frozen vegetables often saves me money as well. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has purchased vegetables with every intention of using them in a recipe. A week later they are still sitting in the vegetable draw looking a bit sad. A short time later I re-discover them only now they are badly wilted and fit for the compost pile. Every time I toss out a forgotten vegetable I’m throwing my hard earned money out as well. Frozen vegetables often save me from doing that.
How about you? Do you use frozen fruits and vegetables? Got a favorite one that you use often? How about a favorite recipe featuring frozen items? Why not share a link to it or comment on it below.