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Frozen veggies for Mirepoix?

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Well, it's a popular base for many dishes, but I absolutely dread having to cut up all those darn veggies for it, especially if I'm planning on making sauces with them, in which case they have to be but pretty fine, and it's mostly the carrots that give me problems. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with frozen veggies for mirepoix? Good idea? Frozen veggies are of comparable quality to fresh?

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  1. I would say get a good knife and you will fly through those veggies. When I have to do mirepoix at work I get excited because having the right tools and beautiful product really make it enjoyable for me. Plus frozen is not the way to go w/ carrots onions and celery.

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    1. re: mrjohnnyzone

      I agree. It takes only minutes to dice up the veggies, even large batches and the taste is MUCH better. Plus it's better for your budget. But, depending where you live and if budget isn't a concern I know that the Wegmans stores carry bagged precut "fresh" mirepoix under their own name in the produce section.

    2. Cutting the vegetables is my favorite part. I get to play with my knives.

      1. i agree its better to chop your own, but if you hate it, dont do it. cooking should be enjoyable.frozen veggies are not as good, but they will work for mirepoix.
        but really learn to love your knives. do you have good ones? that often makes the difference between enjoying and hating the prep work

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        1. re: thew

          I'm with Thew on this one. I was cooking at a friends house and I don't think her knives had been honed or sharpened since her wedding. I took home two of them and ran through the sharpener. She couldn't believe how sharp they came out and joked that I just bought her new ones.

          1. re: thew

            Freezing vegetables affects texture more than taste, at least for most vegetables. Since mirepoix is intended to contribute flavor, and cook down to almost nothing (at least in long braises), freezing shouldn't be a problem.

            One option is to cut large batch of mirepoix, and freeze it in portions. This would save you time later on, and make use of vegetables that would otherwise spoil before you use them. Celery, for example, is relatively cheap, but takes up quite a bit of space in the vegetable bin. These could also come in handy when you discover all your onions have sprouted.

            Can you buy frozen mirepoix? I haven't looked at the frozen food section of a regular grocery in some time. I have seen the frigerated containers at TJ, but haven't tried them. I've seen frozen chopped onion. Are carrots and celery available in frozen, loose, diced form?

            So may come down to when do you have time for shopping and chopping, and how much space you have in the fridge v. freezer.

            paulj

          2. A few years ago, Mark Bittman wrote an article in the NYTimes praising many frozen vegetables over their fresh counterparts. It's an interesting read. Here's a link:

            http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

            But toward the end of the article he notes that good as many frozen vegetables can be, two that are better fresh are onions and carrots--two thirds of your trilogy. And I don't think I've ever even seen frozen celery.

            But so what? If you really hate cutting up veggies give it a try and see how you like it. If it doesn't make a signicant enough difference to you, go for it.

            1. You might also invest in a food processor. I use the small cuisinart one. I make mirepoix a few times a week and it takes about 2 minutes each time.

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              1. re: Shane Greenwood

                Trader Joe's make the best mirepoix. I bought some a few weeks ago and used it all up. It's basically a container of diced carrots, onions and celery. Easy!

                1. re: Shane Greenwood

                  When I make Hazan's Bolognese I make a 4 or 5X recipe. The carrots esp. kill my weak hands. A CH suggested the FP and I've been using it. Very carefully. Not a puree. Just chopped. But for smaller amounts, I agree with getting better knife skills.