When we’re trying to eat healthy, we’re also making sure that we’re eating our fruits and vegetables so that we can get all our vitamins and minerals. However, if we’re the type of person to only shop once a week, buying fresh vegetables don’t always stay good for as long as we need them to. Canned vegetables are loaded with sodium. Frozen vegetables often just end up in the freezer for prolonged periods of time until the point when we actually remember they’re there, which often enough means that they’re coming with freezer burn.
And if your food has freezer burn, not only does it not look right, but it can easily taste different too, having lost a decent portion of the water molecules that help to give it flavor and texture.
However, you can also infuse some of the water back into the vegetables by steaming when cooking, a process which is also better than boiling, which can see nutrients seep from the vegetables into the water the longer that the vegetable is cooked.
So, how do you get the freezer burned vegetable back to looking and tasting normal?
1. Bring a pot or pan of water to boil, water should be anywhere from 2-3 inches from the bottom.
2. When boiling, add a steaming basket to the water, making sure that the water is not coming in to the basket
3. Add frozen vegetable (no need to defrost them!)
4. Cover and wait until the vegetables are done, which will also depend on which vegetables you’re using. If you’re not sure, feel free to use a fork to test. You’ll know they’re done when the fork goes through cleanly.
And, if you’re looking for some additional flavor, go ahead and add some herbs and spices to the water, being careful to not add more than a tsp at least during the first time. The water combined with the herbs and spices will infuse the steam with an aroma that will then add to the taste.
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