22 Apr How To Cook Frozen Vegetables
With families staying home and meal prepping becoming a more common household practice in previous weeks, a big question on people’s minds is, “What am I going to cook at home?”
People everywhere have been coming up with so many creative ideas for recipes and food prep ideas, and in the case of food prepping, frozen vegetables are a great way to make sure you have healthy options for weeks and months to come!
But why frozen? Aren’t fresh fruits and vegetables better?
Well, not necessarily! In addition to the storing convenience that frozen produce provides, especially in times where weekly trips to the grocery store for fresh produce might not be possible, frozen produce actually locks in nutrients at the time of freezing. (Checkout more benefits of frozen over fresh produce here).
Methods of Cooking
There are several ways to cook frozen vegetables– here are a few of our preferred methods!
Benefits: Quickest, least amount of clean-up time
Method: Prepare on microwave-safe dish and cook on high. 2-3 minutes; 4-5 minutes for more dense vegetables like broccoli or brussels sprouts
Benefits: Maintain flavor and crispiness with emphasis on low-oil
Method: Transfer vegetables to a baking pan and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Pro-tip: Preheat the pan at 450 degrees F beforehand to add a little bit of crisp to your vegetables.
Benefits: Best taste and texture
Method: Add your desired amount of vegetable oil to your fryer and set to 350 degrees F.
Fry 3-4 minutes and avoid overcooking
Benefits: Taste and texture, less oil!
Method: Add 1.5 tablespoons of vegetable oil to your air fryer and set to 390 degrees F. Place vegetables in a single layer on the air fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
The difference between air fryer vs deep fryer is the method used. Air fryers use a convection heating method that utilizes the circulation of hot air to cook food, typically requiring less or no oil when compared to deep frying. Deep fryers, on the other hand, require the use of large amounts of oil to cook the food.
How to Cook MIC Fruits and Vegetables
At MIC Food, our method has always been to capture the natural flavors and nutrients of tropical fruits and vegetables at their prime state.
For some Latin-inspired additions to your meals, try these MIC products in your kitchen using these specific cooking methods below!
Mistakes to Avoid
Many people think that, like meat, frozen vegetables need to be thawed out before cooking. Avoid making this mistake! In reality, defrosting frozen vegetables before cooking them can actually cause them to lose the nutrients and flavors that have been locked in during their frozen process. Defrosting them may also lead them to release water, making them soggier after being cooked (believe it or not, this also applies to adding fruits and vegetables to smoothies and soups).
For the best results, skip the thawing and go straight from the freezer to your chosen method of cooking!
Ready to try MIC Food?
At MIC Food, we help chefs, restaurants, industrial kitchens, retail brands, delis, and others in the food industry rethink their menus and increase appeal among ethnic and mainstream consumers alike. During these times, we’d love to make our recipes accessible and ready for the foodservice chef and home chef alike!
For ideas on how to incorporate frozen produce in your next meal, visit https://www.micfood.com/recipes
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