A day dedicated to no fresh ingredients? Why not! That statement is of course completely careless because over the years, with support from the AFFI and the NFRA, most of us get the similar, and sometimes better health characteristics of frozen v. fresh food.
The science goes like this, if you pick a strawberry that has a big fat vitamin C in it and freeze it immediately, that big fat vitamin C is going to be just as viable after you thaw the berry.
Trouble for frozen food comes with that, “I can tell the difference,” guy. And probably for that one particular time, he was right. Thing is, anyone would have been able to say it tasted funky because the food was either bad when it was frozen or contained a high water content and lost its texture in the thawing.
Oh, but that guy is loud about his fish, boy! He will not stand for frozen fish! He can tell, you know? What’s funny about that same guy is when he’s in a restaurant eating sushi, all happy as can be, he is apparently completely unaware that certain fishes are required to be frozen in the states in order to insure no harmful bacteria remain in the fish when it is eaten raw.
I, myself, am a huge fan of frozen food. My house contains a lot of it. Fish, chicken, beans, sausage, collard greens, you name it! Collards are another one you hear a lot about. “I use fresh collards!” Yes, but then you boil them for several hours in a huge pot with a bunch of garlic, spices and ham hocks, thus completely removing any remnant of nutrients as well as that all important “fresh” quality you insisted on in the first place.
Well, let’s just face it, the attention we put on food in general has gotten way out of hand. Case in point, this guy’s blog here. I mean, dude! Let me please find you a real hobby!
Frozen food is fantastic, though. Sure there are things that don’t work. You’re not going to bring frozen strawberries and a bottle of frozen wine on a picnic. Milk is always a big no-no. Lettuce is out of the question. But most food stuffs are great! The other day Popeye’s Chicken brought food to my work and left a giant vat of their red beans and rice. When I was leaving for the day and saw that there was still about 4-quarts left, you’re damn right I filled up containers and froze it up at home. I’m still eating on that score!
I feel good about this holiday. Also, it’s one of the only ones on my list so far that is actually backed by a relevant organization, the NFRA has not claimed the holiday, but did verify that it has celebrated today for over 25-years. They also pointed out that this is also Frozen Food Month, complete with a litany of promotional items for retail stores. It must be true, because it’s on my list.
Frozen food ya’ll! It’s where it’s at man.
See you Wednesday for Cold Cereal Day! (3/6)