• Frozen fruits are true saviors in the kitchen! They are a quick and tasty option for a ton of recipes: smoothies, pies, jams, ice cubes… Frozen vegetables can also come in handy!

    But what can be said about the quality of these products? Are they a good alternative to fresh fruits? Are they really less expensive? Do they contain less nutrients because of the deep-freezing process? BPT answers all your questions in this article! But anyhow, frozen fruits (and vegetables!) are definitely good for you.

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    Nutritional Values of Frozen Fruits

    Did you know that…

    fresh fruits are harvested before they reach the stage of complete ripeness so they are still in good condition after being transported?

    Unfortunately, this also means they have not reached their full potential in terms of nutrients. On the contrary, fruits to be frozen—or deep frozen to be more precise—are harvested when ripe, then frozen immediately. Hence, they are richer in vitamins and, contrary to what one might think, have excellent nutritional values!

    The same goes for frozen vegetables. Do not forget that short-term deep-freezing does not affect the quantity of nutrients. Indeed, the fruits retain all their vitamins during the process!

    Shelf Life of Frozen Products

    A deep-frozen food has a higher resistance to deterioration and can therefore be kept up to six months (much longer than on the countertop or in the fridge!). In fact, 25% of the food intended for domestic consumption is lost during the various steps of the supply chain.

    Besides, frozen foods are less wasted than all other types of foods. Consumers tend to throw away—in other words waste—fresh products taken in excess. Yet, if they had chosen frozen products instead, they could simply use the quantity necessary. Waste less, freeze more!

    Saving Money with Frozen Fruits?

    The price difference is due to the minimal losses related to this method of preservation.

    Yep! Frozen fruits are sold all year long in supermarkets. Even if raspberries are not in season, you should find some in the frozen food section! Plus, you can make real savings by choosing the frozen alternatives. Indeed, fresh fruits can be much more expensive when not in season.

    How to Enjoy Frozen Fruits

    Craving something sweet? Frozen fruits may be just what you need! You can also include them in your daily recipes. For example, you can thaw your fruits in a bowl in the refrigerator and make a coulis for yogurt the next morning.

    Use them in desserts such as crisps, muffins, or cookies. Oh, and why not use frozen fruits as ice cubes in your favourite cocktail? They are also great in smoothies… Yum!