24 Reasons to Fall in Love with Frozen Food
Frozen food is often underappreciated and underutilized by today’s consumers. When there’s so much to love, we won’t stand idly by and watch America’s freezers fill up with 6 month old pork chops and ice cubes.
Instead, in honor of RMD’s 24th anniversary this month, we’re sharing 24 reasons to fall in love with frozen food again.
1. Frozen foods do not require any added preservatives to keep them safe and consumable, because microbes cannot grow on any food that is at a temperature less than 0°F. Freezing is a natural way to preserve nutrients!
2. Despite old wives’ tales, freezing food does not remove any nutrients, unlike other processes that tend to strip them.
3. You don’t need to be afraid of freezer burn or color changes in your properly frozen food. Freezer burn is just the result of air hitting frozen food and allowing the ice to sublimate.
4. Freezing food typically keeps items edible indefinitely. Although taste and quality may diminish over time, some items, such as poultry and meat, can be consumed up to a year after being stored in the freezer. Warm up to frozen food!
5. Although freezing food was used as a storage technique in cold weather climates for many years, it is believed to have first been applied to industrial food sales sometime in the 1800s.
6. Carl Paul Gottfried Linde, an engineer, scientist and professor at the Technical University of Munich, helped pioneer industrial cooling. His plans for an ice machine in the nineteenth century spurred the evolution of the refrigerator.
7. The freezing process has inspired brands like Crunchtables to make vegetables more enticing … and more delicious!
8. The namesake of Birds Eye Vegetables came from the company’s founder, Clarence Birdseye, who introduced the idea of flash freezing to the world.
9. Birdseye’s food was so prevalent that it was actually the first frozen food sold commercially in the United States.
10. The first “complete” frozen meal was not actually the beloved “TV dinner”—it was airplane food! Each frozen meal included a meat, a vegetable, a potato and was meant to be reheated for in-air enjoyment. Even though the term was originally a brand name for Swanson’s frozen dinners, it soon became synonymous with any packaged frozen dinner that could be easily eaten on a tray in front of (you guessed it!) the TV.
11. Ditch the preservatives. Freezing is a simple, preservative-free way to keep the food you love fresh. A ripe avocado? Fresh for a couple of days before it goes brown. Tender boneless chicken simmered and seasoned in a zesty, authentic Indian sauce in our Chicken Curry however, can stay fresh in the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy it!
12. Break seasonal barriers. With the magic of freezing, you can enjoy all of your favorite seasonal veggies year-round. Which nutrient-rich vegetable is your go-to?
13. The frozen aisle helps companies like Mad Mini Foods to bring fun, clean ingredients and portion control to those of us who need a little indulgence without the guilt.
14. Waste less. Did you know that seven in ten households regularly throw away up to twenty items of fresh or chilled food straight into the trash every month? Break the mold and go frozen!
15. Fresh raw fruits and vegetables are often harvested before they reach their peak nutritional value and then ripen “off the vine” while they are transported long distances. On the other hand, vegetables that offer the greatest nutritional value, flavor, color and ripeness are quickly frozen to retain these natural qualities.
16. Frozen food holds so much history for brands like Graeter’s Ice Cream who still used time-tested Old World processes to bring authenticity to consumers.
17. “Some of the hottest products in the frozen food aisle are portable, ready-to-eat and offer no-mess preparation and easy cleanup. All this built-in convenience means time-pressed moms and dads can quickly prepare wholesome and tasty meals that allow for more quality time around the table,” according to the Frozen Food Foundation.
18. Frozen foods are real value. They are often lower in cost per serving and have much greater shelf life than refrigerated foods by their very nature.
19. The freezing process can reduce the number of potentially harmful bacteria, which can cause food poisoning.
20. Buying frozen food means you can take fewer trips to get groceries, thereby reducing your individual carbon footprint.
21. Before frozen food became a way of life, any excess fresh crops were simply wasted, thrown away or ploughed back into the ground. Freezing has meant that farmers can sell entire harvests.
22. Frozen food allows brands like Mom Made Foods to bring America’s families simple and nutritious ways to lead their on-the-go lifestyles while not compromising on health!
23. Eco scientists claim that buying frozen is good for the environment. Fresh exotic fish can be flown in daily from nearly anywhere, but frozen fish keeps for long periods in the freezer. This cuts down on your shopping trips and flights for seasonal deliveries.
24. Frozen food is what defines a number of our clients, and without them, we wouldn’t be RMD!