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Jan 9, 2009 03:02 PM

What Frozen Vegetables are in your freezer.....

and do you use them in an interesting way?

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  1. I don't have any, but I do use frozen peas and frozen pearl onions, and used them both in Ina Garten's chicken pot pie earlier this week, and it was fantastic.

    Edit: I should add that, since I live in Manhattan, I can walk out my door and buy most vegetables fresh from two markets that are less than a block from my apartment, which maybe one reason I don't keep frozen ones on hand.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Good idea about pearl onions.

      1. re: DaisyM

        I HATE peeling pearl onions, however, Goin's instructions to roast them for the short rib dish has converted me back a bit - it's pretty easy to pop the onions out of the roasted skins.

      2. re: MMRuth

        Just pearl onions I think. Maybe brussell sprouts. I. think I may have some frozen potatoes in the garden though! Pretty cold tonight!

      3. Generally: broccoli, spinach, peas, French green beans, artichoke hearts, Brittany Blend, Foursome, Melange a Trois (red, yellow, and green bell peppers), corn (for chipotle cornbread!), and Hodge Podge all from TJs. Mostly for when we're out of fresh veggies.

        Occasionally: okra (when my husband is shopping), greens from S&S, squash.

        Recently, for the first time since we got married: Brussel sprouts which we had in Carmelized Brussle Sprouts with pecans and rice pasta!

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        1. re: lgss

          Igss, how do you use the artichoke hearts?

          1. re: DaisyM

            Usually steam them then throw them in with rice pasta, tinned tomatoes, onion, garlic, and garbanzos.

        2. C&W (Also known as Bird's eye) early harvest petite peas. Haricot Verts from TJ's, the ubiquitous box of chopped spinach (for making pasta dough, but last nite, used it for my first ever creamed spinach...mmmm!) and ore-ida tater tots and fast food french fries. (Potatoes are a veg, aren't they? ;) ) Hey, I bake my own burger buns and grind my own beef- I can cheat on the fries, right? Adam

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          1. re: adamshoe

            I had no idea C&W and Birdseye were the same brand. I could swear my supermarket carries both. Hmmmm.....

            In my freezer I have haricorts verts, corn, and peas, all from TJ's, and celery, carrots, onions, and shallots that I chop and freeze myself. Occasionally I'll have frozen artichoke hearts and lima beans on hand, but not much else.

            1. re: irishnyc

              Re: birdseye/C&W-- Just noticed this a few weeks ago. The bag now has both brands on it. Weird.... Adam

            2. re: adamshoe

              Do you really make your own burger buns? If so, I feel like a total failure!

              1. re: DaisyM

                They are really easy and really good!!! I use the recipe for burger and hot dog buns @ Only change I make is to do 2 rises and I add an eggwash and sesame seeds before baking. Also a little dried onion in the dough makes for a great flavor. Adam

                1. re: adamshoe

                  OMG! I can't even imagine how your friends and family must look forward to dinner at your house.

            3. -peas. Frozen peas are a must, pasta, risotto, soup or just as is.
              -fava beans- I make a fava bean puree that I serve on crostini with shaved pecorino.
              I can echo the sentiment of not liking to peel pearl onions, but the stores near me do not sell frozen pearl onions, not sure why.

              1. I have to admit, since moving back to the northeast from sunny CA (to boston, where unfortunately, nice fresh veggies are *not* overflowing from multiple stores on every block) I've become reacquainted with the concept of frozen veggies to keep green things on the plate during the winter months. I rely most on things that I want just a few of at a time to adorn a side salad or throw into an omelet or stir fry. Trader Joes has quite decent frozen shelled edamame, haricots verts, asparagus, and artichoke hearts, and peas. Frozen pearl onions, mentioned above, are also a godsend (but sadly, disappeared from our supermarket recently! boooo)
                I do use other frozen veggies for specific recipes: frozen chopped spinach for palak paneer, frozen broccoli for quick weeknight orecchiette w/broccoli when a trip to the store and dealing with trimming the broccoli isn't in the cards, etc.. But the ones above are the ones that I have on hand at most times for quick weeknight supping.

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                1. re: another_adam

                  It seems as if pearl onions are treated as "seasonal" between thanksgiving and x-mas, due to people like me who only make creamed onions for the holidays. Sorry! Adam

                  1. re: adamshoe

                    Oh, that would explain it! A friend was recently bemoaning the disappearance of frozen chestnuts and frozen mashed potatoes from Trader Joe's, too-- I bet those are totally seasonal as well.

                    This reminds me of another INCREDIBLE frozen veg item that appeared for all of about 2 weeks and I've never seen since: frozen green chick peas. They were great, and save a ton of labor (not to mention tracking down green chick peas in the first place--I don't think we get those at all in Boston). If you ever find them, I recommend them heartily.

                    1. re: adamshoe

                      big indian supermarkets sell frozen sambhar onions - little red onions like shallots - which sub very well for the pearl onions.