Frozen vegetables: while fresh is arguably more fun, you can't deny the connivence and budget-friendliness of the humble bag or two of freezer veggies. But what is the best way to go about defrosting frozen vegetables you purchase?
Defrosting frozen vegetables done wrong can lead to rubbery, mushy, or slimly sprouts, but done right, defrosting frozen vegetables have the potential to create side dishes and entrees that boast flavor and texture similar to fresh.
Turns out, the best way to go about defrosting frozen vegetables is to not defrost them at all. Simply skip the thawing process and go straight to the cook step.
Method 1: Roast
A good way to enhance your frozen vegetable's sensory appeal is to roast them.
Just take your vegetables frozen (no thawing required).
Method 2: Add to Soups, Stews and Casseroles
Method 3: Add to Smoothies
If you're into drinking your greens, frozen vegetables may be your new budget-friendly BFF.
Method 4: Smash 'Em Good
A nice way to discuss any quality issues with your cooked frozen vegetables is to mash them after cooking.
Method 5: Microwave Or Steam (At Your Own Risk)
And season post-cooking; salt can bring out even more water.
Things to Avoid:
Thawing at room temp and/or seasoning before cooking can also lead to undesirable textures, so avoid these easy mistakes.