Everything is frozen here in Canada – including lots of the produce in the house! While I would love to eat strawberries year round they simply don’t grow here all the time. Plus, anytime I buy “fresh” fruit this time of year I feel guilty knowing how many green house gases (GHG) were emitted getting them to my table in addition to the fact that it doesn’t taste as good having travelled so far (Chile, Spain etc).
So instead I buy lots of frozen fruit and vegetables. Now I realize that they are still travelling some distance to get to me (although I buy as much Canadian frozen food as I can) but they have been frozen at their freshest and most nutritionally wholesome point. We usually get them on sale for $1.99 for 500g whereas “fresh” would be at least $3.00
Of course the best option would be to freeze my own fruit and veg in the summer and eat it in the winter which would mean zero GHG. I did do this 2 summers ago and it went pretty well although the vegetables were a little watery. I plan to do it again this year as we won’t be so consumed with house renovations as we were in 2010.
Do any of you buy lots of frozen produce in the winter months? What are your favourite brands? Who freezes their own?
Check out our 365 Green Tips Series