The pre-made food that have no damn excuse being pre-made.
I get pre-made pie crust... not everyone can do piecrust. And as I work full time, I a not a stranger to frozen shepards pie, perogi, quiche, etc. I get it pre-fab food because I am not home 12 hours of the day.
But pre-made, frozen cinnamon apples? Seriously? They freaking package something you can make in 5 minutes or less? Or pre-shredded cheese, which you can shred and freeze yourself in baggies for about a quarter the cost. Or frozen spinach. Why would you freeze spinach, which you can grab by handfuls and chop in 30 seconds? WTF levels of lazy have we come to?
(yes, my pain levels are high today, so rational thought is not my forte)
Well, I agree for the most part, but frozen spinach usually doesn't have all the dirt that's impossible to get off of fresh spinach. And frozen apples are probably peeled, no? Just sayin'.
you know, i'm totally with you on this! except for the frozen spinach. i'm pretty sure that only exists for spinach dip. ;) I'm reading The Omnivore's Dilemma right now and basically a lot of our pre-fab foods exist out of sheer greed from the food industry. they create a product by "adding value" and then convince the public they need it. in some ways, the "added value" part of it is merely putting it together or cooking it. like those stupid frozen PB&J sandwiches. really? it's too hard to MAKE a PB&J? you have to do it, cut off the crusts and then want to charge me a premium for the 2 minutes it would save me? oh hell to the muthafuckin' NO.
If I didn't buy frozen vegetables I'd never have veggies in the house because I suck at eating it before it goes bad.
We do it all the time. We buy blocks when they are on sale and then shred, bag and chuck in the deep freeze. Taste the same coming out as going in. We use frozen spinach because I can't stand the grit in the fresh spinach. No matter how much you wash it you always get some in at least one bite.
I was not aware you could freeze cheese.
Yay for frozen broccoli and cauliflower! I eat them every day as part of my lunch at school. I think of them as my version of Popeye's canned spinach.
Not to threadjack wookie here, but what the heck else are you guys freezing that I don't know about? Let's play..."Will it freeze?"
I agree, Wookie- a lot of that stuff is bullshit.
Those PB&Js are just pure laziness... I want to stop people and shake them when I see them buying such silly items.
I shred my own cheese all the time but I do like frozen veggies for their relative freshness when compared to canned and the longer "shelf" life compared to fresh.
Frozen blueberries are the only reason I survive winter here.
bap, we freeze cheese, butter, milk, bread, batteries, and homemade food like soup and stock, in addition to all the usual suspects. It's because I try to only go grocery shopping once a month because it is torture (and expensive) to go with my children and I'll be damned if I am going to spend half of every Saturday in grocery stores.
I do buy frozen veggies and frozen berries because it's more efficient than canning. But for the things you can easily get all year around (apples) , and the whole "pre-seasoned" concept just sets my teeth on edge.
Pre-made PB&J is ridiculous, I've also seen premade grilled cheese, pre-made hamburgers (individually wrapped!) and hotdogs (also individually wrapped). The latter two I've only seen in the US.
You can also freeze oatmeal, which is interesting for those of us who leave super early in the morning but do have a microwave at work, but again, something that you could so easily do yourself.
You can also shred and freeze zucchini, chunks of squash, any berry, and you can blanch and freeze just about any vegetable but I tend to buy mine pre-frozen because it's cheaper.
I have not ever had gritty spinach.