This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Frozen Food Month. All around the country, fresh produce is picked at its peak and flash frozen to maintain all the flavor and nutrients. Frozen foods keep longer than fresh refrigerated foods because the freezing process suspends enzyme activity that causes the food to deteriorate. And depending on the type of produce frozen, you can store it for several months without losing any quality. Sara’s offers a variety of options for frozen food and has a unique selection compared to major grocery stores in the area. This month’s “Fun Finds” explores some interesting uses and unique recipes for some of these frozen foods. What is your favorite frozen food from Sara’s? Comment here, Facebook or on Twitter!
Molokhia is a dark leafy green plant that looks similar to spinach but tastes quite different. It has been described as “slippery” like okra (also included on the frozen food list at Sara’s) when cooked. This Middle Eastern super-green, known as Jew’s mallow or Egyptian spinach, has a high vitamin and mineral content. This “food of kings” dates back to the time of the pharaohs, when an Egyptian king drank it in soup to recover from an illness. Today, it’s one of the most widely eaten vegetables in Egypt. A healthy diet including this leafy plant can prevent blood clots and improve blood clots.
Taro roots are starchy carbohydrates that look and feel like potatoes. You can boil, fry, or roast the root vegetables. When you buy them frozen, it takes away the work of peeling and chopping the root. Make sure to cook the vegetable thoroughly because eating raw or undercooked could lead to stomach pains due to the high level of calcium oxalate. These vegetables are worth trying because they are high in fiber, potassium, as well as vitamins C, E and B6.
You can enjoy artichokes all year long when you buy them frozen. Artichokes are a rich source of silymarin, an antioxidant used to treat liver, gallbladder and digestive problems. Boil the hearts for about 20 minutes after thawing so you can use them in all kinds of dishes including casseroles, dips, pastas, sandwiches, just to name a few.
Falafel, Pizza, Samosas and More
A quick lunch or dinner has never been easier with frozen, prepared foods at Sara’s such as frozen falafel. There’s no need to go through all the effort of making fresh falafel when all you need to do is just warm it up. Make it even easier by pairing with fresh pita from the bakery or make your fun find last even longer by using frozen pita. Other quick frozen fixes at Sara’s include pizza, beef samosas and chicken patties.