Mixed vegetables for stir fry, pre mix
anyone has a 'go to' for premix of veggies? those frozen packs worth it or too expensive?
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May 12th, 2021 11:06 am
Thanks for the tip ...gr8dlr wrote: ↑ I've found that an opened bag of frozen veggies (corn, peas etc) will freeze into a solid block over time if you don't use it quickly. These "frost free" freezers are not good for our food. I always take things like the "snack size" or "sandwich size" ziplocks [you can vac seal as well] and repack the frozen veggies into portioned packs. When I need these frozen veggies, I just pull out one pre-pack.
Has everyone thanked Mr Clarence Birdsye for flash freezing technology?
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/20 ... od-machine
May 12th, 2021 11:23 am
"Divide and conquer"... the freezer block!PointsHubby wrote: ↑ Thanks for the tip ...
I don’t run into this issue so much with the veggies we use in stir fries (smaller & different / thicker bags ? )
But ya ... run into this issue with things like Green Giant corn kernels & sweet peas
I always thought tho, that was perhaps it was because of the smaller size of the individual items
Vs size of the bags
But you may be onto something ...
At any rate, think I will give your idea a whirl next time I open a new bag of Corn or Peas
May 12th, 2021 6:38 pm
May 12th, 2021 8:17 pm
I close my pea and corn bags with an elastic wound around the top opening. Then I can pound them hard on the countertop to separate when they freeze into a block. Breaks them up up and I get a little extra exercise. Sometimes I do it just for fun. Insert winky smiley here.
May 12th, 2021 10:17 pm
May 12th, 2021 11:29 pm
Love the Costco stirfry mix! Use it all the time. Will have to try the pre-defrosted method.
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May 14th, 2021 1:17 pm
Much easier and better to divide into small "snack size" ziplocks and freeze like that IMO. I do this as soon as I can. My freezer is in the basement and I go down and pull out one ziplock of frozen peas/corn/mix and that's it. No whackings/smacking/shaking required. Plus it's pre-portioned.lecale wrote: ↑ The problem with vegetables freezing into blocks begins on the trip home from the grocery store when they partially defrost.
If you just throw them in the freezer the water will refreeze them into a block. I make sure they are laying horizontal with the contents easily distributed. Then it is easy to whack them apart on the counter at 1st use, & I can shake them down to one end of the bag, fold over the top, & bind it with an elastic. As long as I have only had them out briefly they will not form a block, or at least, they are easy to whack apart.
I measure them into a heatproof measuring cup, pour hot water from the kettle over them, & immediately dump the water out, dump them onto a tea towel to pat them dry. Otherwise the ice or excess water will make them stew instead of stir-fry.
May 14th, 2021 3:58 pm
May 14th, 2021 4:14 pm
I do pre-portion all my ground meat, individual chops, and so forth in ziplocks. Dunk them in a large bowl of water & they defrost in 1/2 hr.gr8dlr wrote: ↑ Much easier and better to divide into small "snack size" ziplocks and freeze like that IMO. I do this as soon as I can. My freezer is in the basement and I go down and pull out one ziplock of frozen peas/corn/mix and that's it. No whackings/smacking/shaking required. Plus it's pre-portioned.
May 14th, 2021 4:47 pm
Don't you find if you stirfry from frozen it takes forever to cook? What thing that's sort of bugging me though, when I defrost them (it's usually partial) they don't seem to get mushy which makes me wonder if they've added something.
May 14th, 2021 5:57 pm
May 14th, 2021 7:29 pm
Commercially frozen stuff doesnt have as much moisture. Especially when its kept in those super market freezers. They are much better than @ home freezers @ maintaining proper humidity levels.
May 15th, 2021 4:56 pm
I do find they take a while to cook. I then tend to overcook and the snap peas break apart