I had a question regarding raw & frozen veggies. I'm a college student living on a budget, so it's not always plausible for me to buy organic raw produce. Although I try to most of the time, I've had some extra expenses recently & have been considering buying bulk bags of frozen veggies. I'm concerned with losing vitamins & nutrients though. Obviously, organic raw produce contains the most vitamin-rich veggies, but is this still the case in the winter? I guess I'd hate to try to "save" money on buying frozen veggies, but then be receiving nothing other than a colorful plate. Any suggestions or opinions would be really appreciated. :)
Don't quote me, but I read that frozen is taken right off the vine, and frozen immediately while fresh sits in the truck, travels and then sits in store. You actually can get more nutrients from frozen than fresh that is older. Canned veggies only have something like 5% left of nurition in them. Not sure about live enzymes tho
Hi Carys! I completely understand and have very much the same situation in NYC... so I joined a CSA, which stands for Community Shared Agriculture. I basically buy a "share" in a local farm. All the annoying particulars are then sorted out by the organization. So I pay a very low graduated fee, based on my income, to pick up my share once a week. The membership is during harvest which lasts from the 1st week of June to the 1st week of October. Every week I pick up two huge Whole Foods-sized bags of Fresh Produce and Herbs. It comes out to about $30 per week ( that I pre-pay in one check or installments) for the best, organic, Local food that I have ever eaten. Sometimes, I get so much that I 'can' the excess into little mason jars. It really is the cheapest, best, seasonal food. Good Luck and Best Dishes!
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