Is boiling the only way to cook frozen vegetables?

No, frozen vegetables can be microwaved as well.  Time to cook will vary.

Should the consumer let the frozen vegetables defrost or thaw before cooking?

Thawing is encouraged as the vegetables can then be used in the same manner as fresh vegetables.  However, there will be some loss of nutrients in the thaw-water.

Frozen Peas should be cooked for more or less time than fresh peas?

Kindly thaw the product. Once thawed, the cooking time will be the same as that for fresh peas.

What is the appropriate way to store frozen food?

  1. Maintain your Freezer by keeping it free from icing, and as close to -18°C (0°F) as possible.                                                                                         
  2. Re-seal or otherwise close opened as products that are exposed to the freezer environment usually deteriorate due to dehydration more quickly than unopened packages.
  3. Use items with the oldest dates first.

Is the freshness and flavour of food retained upon freezing?

Yes because there is negligible microbiological activity in frozen product, so no spoilage takes place.  ‘Fresh’ food from the market continues to spoil until the point that you cook or freeze it.

Is frozen food less nutritious than fresh food from the market?

No, because food is frozen when it is freshly harvested, and goodness is locked in during freezing.

For how long is frozen food, kept in the freezer, good to eat?

Food kept in the freezer at -18°C (0°F) is good for at least 12 months.

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