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Are there foods you like to purchase from your grocers frozen food section ?I do like the frozen peas and spinach.I like them for a quick vegtable sauted with garlic and oil .

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    1. I suppose frozen pizza and ice cream. I do like vegetables, but I don't buy a lot of frozen vegetables -- they serve as my backup.

      1. Frozen chopped broccoli or spinach for quiche. Tater tots. Frozen fruit for smoothies. Frozen shrimp. Breakfast sausages, waffles. Ice Cream, sherbet, frozen yogurt.


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        1. re: Jerseygirl111

          I don't keep it on hand but I will do the broccoli for quiche or spinach for other recipes like that. Shrimp we will also buy.

        2. Frozen vegs in the steam bags like green beans, corn, broccoli, baby carrots, cauliflower, etc. When they are on sale at $10 for 10, I stock up to have on hand for when I'm out of fresh vegs to serve with dinner. I also keep frozen corn on hand for those times I'm in the mood for creamed corn and a couple of boxes of frozen peas for the nights I want to make pasta primavera.

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          1. re: Njchicaa

            Yes, indeedy to this. I also love the brussel sprouts in the steam bags. I love those little guys so much I have them as a snack sometimes, usually burning my tongue because I can't wait to eat them.

          2. Frozen veggies like spinach, peppers and onions, the famous chinese mix, and broccoli. I also get frozen berries. For me it's an issue of price. They are cheaper then the their fresh counter parts and there is more of them., they last longer.

            1. Now that I am cooking for one I use more frozen vegetables. I just had too much waste with fresh.

              I always have frozen corn (TJ's roasted) and shelled edamame. Trader Joe's has several mixed vegetables that I really like - a cauliflower/romanesco & roasted zucchini/eggplant.

              I have been having some issues with my hands lately. I've been using frozen chopped leeks and onions to cut down on the need to chop by hand.

              I use prepared frozen foods once in a while. Kroger has a private label "sous vide" entrees which are pretty tasty. And I love Michelangelo's eggplant parmesan! TJ's masala "burgers" are quite nice too.

              1. Frozen shredded hash browns. I love those things.

                Occasionally, frozen egg noodles for chicken and noodles.

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                1. re: chileheadmike

                  I will buy the shredded hash browns for one recipe that I usually make for our Labor Day party.

                2. I almost always have frozen peas and corn on hand. Also, frozen chopped spinach, edamame, tater tots (TJ's brand is a new fav), and potstickers. Spouse likes ice cream so he stocks that for himself.

                  1. Always have organic frozen peas. I buy organic frozen corn, blueberries, and cherries when they are not in season. Recently started getting frozen pearl onions, love them in stews. Sometimes buy frozen dumplings or ravioli. Usually have some sort of frozen yogurt or kefir.

                    1. Puff pastry. I've made it from scratch just twice in the past 3 decades, and frozen is just fine.

                      Only frozen veggies I buy are peas and--occasionally--chopped spinach (prefer fresh for most uses).

                      And--embarrassing admission: do NOT like frozen corn. I'd actually eat canned corn over frozen, any day. However, I'm spoiled, 'cause we grow our own. When I freeze home-grown, it's just far beyond commercially frozen.

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                      1. re: pine time

                        I thought I was the only one! It's the only canned vegetable I buy. The frozen corn always seems tough and chewy and lacking corn flavor.

                        Frozen baby peas are great.

                        1. re: Pwmfan

                          Canned corn is decent too. This year I plan to freeze my own. My future grandparents in law swear by adding sugar to the fresh frozen corn. Oh Central PA!

                          1. re: melpy

                            Yes to the bit of sugar...learned it from my grandma, but only with freshly picked corn on the cob. I'll get the giant pot of water boiling before I even go out & "harvest" a few ears of corn. Clean 'em, then the sauna bath in the slightly sweet water. Can't wait for summer!

                          2. re: Pwmfan

                            I buy frozen WHITE corn when out of season. Use it in chowders.

                          3. re: pine time

                            I also prefer canned corn over frozen. Frozen seems dry with tough skins. Canned seems plump and sweet.

                            1. re: pine time

                              I freeze lots of corn in the summer (buy and cook an extra dozen when we have corn on the cob). I use it for everything, until it's gone.

                              After that, I buy frozen corn to add to recipes (stew, casseroles, etc), but if we are eating grocery store corn as a side veg, I prefer canned.

                              I love frozen peas. Also buy frozen berries for smoothies and compote. Other purchased frozen stuff currently in my freezer...wontons and dumplings, french fries, puff dough, phyllo pastry, and a random selection of frozen appetizers.

                            2. Mostly veggies; the baby green beans from Trader Joes, frozen pearl onions, petit pois, and white corn.

                              The spousal unit often buys frozen potsitckers or frozen pizza, which are nice when I don't feel like cooking!

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                              1. re: kcshigekawa

                                Trader Joes has amazing frozen croissant dough. You sit out overnight and baked them when you get up. So good.

                              2. Shelled edamame, berries and cauliflower are the things I buy most frequently (I dislike the texture of most frozen vegetables but I often puree cauliflower, and frozen is perfect for that). Ice cream, sorbet, tater tots, puff pastry and phyllo dough, occasionally.

                                1. I buy frozen corn when it's not in season. I will also occasionally buy frozen broccoli if the price for fresh gets too high (like it did a month or two ago). I also buy the occasional frozen meal, usually a Healthy Choice one, to have in the freezer on days like today where my SO has already eaten the leftovers I was planning on bringing for lunch :) Also the occasional frozen pizza, and SO likes those skillet meals in a bag to eat on the days when he's home during the day (works at home when he's not traveling) and there's no leftovers. I also like the Alexia products... sweet potato fries, puffs, etc.

                                  When I lived near a trader joe's I liked a lot of their frozen foods... the haricot verts, this potato thing with lots of garlic in it, and convenience foods like the "no guilt" meals, those little mini pizzas sold in packs of 4, their frozen chicken strips, and *gasp* their frozen whole grain waffles.

                                  1. Packaged foods in my freezer right now:
                                    Bagels (not bought frozen- does that count)
                                    1 kashi frozen entree-at least a year old!
                                    Dorat frozen garlic, basil and parsley
                                    TJ breakfast burritos
                                    TJ tart d'Alsace
                                    Morningstar veggie sausage

                                    From my local Asian markets frozen section
                                    Assorted dumplings
                                    Assorted steamed buns
                                    Unpeeled Shrimp

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                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                      I do like a Lenders Onion bagel on ocassion.

                                      1. re: melpy

                                        Oh nostalgia! Now I want one. Not sure if they're even available in NC though.

                                        1. re: ohmyyum

                                          Harris Teeter carries them in the Triangle area, and I assume throughout NC.

                                          1. re: mpjmph

                                            Thanks for the tip! I will check! :)

                                    2. frozen cauliflower and frozen broccoli. frozen "petite' peas, and spinach.

                                      frozen fish filets (Van de Camps);

                                      1. frozen veggies:
                                        petite bean blend (yellow beans, green beans and petite carrots)
                                        sugar snap peas
                                        some country blend DH likes - corn, green beans and ripple cut carrots
                                        peas, corn for soups

                                        lean cuisine-type lunches for busy days

                                        1. Quite a lot from Trader Joe's. You'll find plenty of info in the Chains forum in the TJ's Yea and Nay threads.

                                          1. All kinds of veggies (peas, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, stir fry pepper and onion strips, crinkle cut carrots, zucchini, etc.)

                                            Chopped onions (very useful in slow cooker, meatloaf, etc.)

                                            Ice cream (although I tend to make it more often now)

                                            Shrimp/scallops (occaisionally - but only for cooking "in" something else...otherwise it's fresh)

                                            Cool Whip (even though I **detest** it - the rest of the fam loves it)

                                            Blueberries (only rarely, though)

                                            1. I love travelling in the USA because you guys have such an awesome selection of frozen meals, and even some "healthier" versions of them. But, I have been looking at labels more and more now and it is crazy how much sodium is in most of these meals. I have decided to cut down on buying them (ate them for lunch at work from time to time). So, I guess I am glad that the HUGE selection isn't available in Canada and I am bored of most of the ones that they do have here.

                                              My "weak" spot is for various mac and cheese. I know it isn't super hard to make but just a comfort food for me (even if from frozen).

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                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                One of the most enjoyable things about foreign travel is wandering in the grocery stores. When we had a rented "holiday home" in England I loved buying frozen "Swedes" (in the US we call them rutabagas) that were already peeled and cubed. Also, I remember frozen "minted peas" in England, quiche dough in Switzerland, and strudel dough in Austria.

                                                1. re: Querencia

                                                  When we go to India, I never tire of dragging my sis-in-law to the local markets and asking "what's this and how to you use it. What's it called in Hindi? In English? In Urdu?" She's told me that grocery shopping with me there is a marathon. But, we do the opposite when his family comes here--they're in awe of the size and selection in our stores. Once, I had worked a long shift, had a huge headache, and visiting m-i-l wanted to go with me to the drug store 'cause I didn't have any aspirin. Turned out, the store was having a junkie Dollar Day event...lord, she took hours browing, while I just wanted that aspirin!

                                              2. Frozen veggies: petite peas, mixed veggies, green beans; corn
                                                Raw shrimp
                                                Ice cream
                                                frozen mixed fruit
                                                Marie Callender individual chicken pot pies
                                                Stouffer's veggie lazagna
                                                NY style bagels
                                                Oreida Golden Fries
                                                Frozen ravioli

                                                1. We now live in a bagel wasteland, so frozen Ray's NY bagels are mandatory.

                                                  1. I had an aunt who was socially ambitious and liked to show off. I remember her having a dinner party for which she hired a caterer to come and cook in her kitchen. Everything was very fancy and designed to impress one & all. A menu item was new and exotic. It was frozen peas. The year was 1942.

                                                    1. Frozen vegetables
                                                      Shrimp, fish, fish cakes and fish balls
                                                      Chocolate eclairs or cream puffs
                                                      Taro and radish "cake"
                                                      Naan and paratha
                                                      Morningstar burger and sausage patties

                                                      1. Last forever in my freezer, but do get used:
                                                        --green beans
                                                        --pepper trio
                                                        --pearl onions
                                                        --giant bag frozen fish filets

                                                        Must buy every week:
                                                        --blueberries or strawberries or blackberries (1 bag of 1 kind--if I buy a berry-medley it disappears)
                                                        --cantaloupe or watermelon.. I buy fresh and keep it in the freezer

                                                        Every 6 months, I buy a box of popsicles

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                                                        1. re: GraceW

                                                          You freeze watermelon? Do you use it for smoothies or as is or thawed? I've never attempted it but I would think the high water content would render it one giant block of ice, no? I'm intrigued....

                                                          1. re: ohmyyum

                                                            Yes, it pretty much becomes a block.. but I chop them in little pieces before I freeze it, so it becomes midget (or two-bite) natural popsicles.

                                                            1. re: GraceW

                                                              Frozen grapes are also excellent this way.

                                                        2. Peas, crinkle cut carrots, broccoli, pearl onions, chopped spinach. Sometimes a bag of frozen corn but, like some other people have said, I prefer canned to frozen corn.

                                                          We almost always have some kind of frozen potato -- french fries or tater tots. Usually whichever one is on sale.

                                                          TJ's frozen pizza and/or pizza bagels. Sometimes I just need a fast meal for my kids.

                                                          Waffles, mini pancakes, french toaster sticks. Not all at once...my son goes through stages on which ones he likes for breakfast.

                                                          And Gardenburgers.

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                                                          1. re: valerie

                                                            I also keep some frozen desserts...Skinny Cow flying saucers or Weight Watchers desserts for me and my husband. Popsicles or sugar free fudgsicles for the kids.

                                                          2. At my local Asian grocer I buy frozen dumplings, with various fillings. Very cheap, totally loved by all, and so easy after an exhausting day, especially when served with bottled Thai chili sauce. I even made these once for a potluck and they were gone in 60 seconds.

                                                            Frozen samosas and various naan from the Indian grocer.

                                                            Always, strawberries and blueberries, even when in season, for my protein shakes in the morning.

                                                            Ice cream, of course. Shrimp and clam meat. Frozen coconut milk tastes better to me than canned, so always some of that.

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                                                            1. re: pitterpatter

                                                              nearly everything you have here, with two exceptions:
                                                              frozen blueberries
                                                              once they're frozen (even the ones I buy fresh, in season and freeze myself) I pick up a tea-like flavor from them that's off-putting to me
                                                              frozen coconut milk, never seen it but I think I'd like it better than canned!

                                                              1. re: cgarner

                                                                oh I totally know the "tea-like flavor" you refer to!

                                                                1. re: cgarner

                                                                  I feel like frozen blackberries have a 'cheese' like taste to them sometimes... I think it is really odd, but I figured I would admit it in case either of you have ever tasted that for blackberries (besides blueberries)..

                                                              2. Frozen peas are also wonderful in salad - still frozen.

                                                                Pretty much the only things I *must* have from the freezer section are okra for gumbo, and peas. Like another poster, about every six months I buy popsicles (I go through a seasonal addiction to sugar-free Tropicals, Popsicle brand.)

                                                                1. I have peas and corn in the freezer. Large bags that I take a little at a time. On occasion we will buy pierogies, ravioli and ice cream. I will buy dole fruit too.

                                                                  Phyllo dough and puff pastry maybe once a year or so.

                                                                  1. I wish I could say that my most common frozen food items are spinach and peas but the reality is a bit different!

                                                                    Totino's party pizza
                                                                    Fish sticks/filets/nuggets
                                                                    Boneless skinless chicken breast (they're convenient)

                                                                    I have a weakness for the first two.

                                                                    1. Ice Cream, berries, breakfast sausage. From TJ's- green beans,naan, and, if my mother is with me, she likes to try a different frozen dessert each time we go! Raw shrimp, TJ fetticine alfredo, and TJ orange chicken.

                                                                      1. Diced onions. For emergencies, lazy days, and days I'm short on time. Occasionally other veggies like broccoli or cauliflower if I'm using to stuff something or cook into something else.
                                                                        Another thing I buy and keep on hand are wonton wrappers for quick ravioli or dumplings.

                                                                        OH buys frozen fruit for smoothies. (We also throw bananas going brown too quickly into the freezer for smoothies.)

                                                                        OH also likes to keep some tilapia and sole filets on hand in the freezer.

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                                                                        1. re: Emme

                                                                          Curious about those wonton wrappers: do you buy the refrigerated ones and then freeze them? How do you thaw them? I always forget I have about 1/2 pack in the 'fridge then they go bad.

                                                                          1. re: pine time

                                                                            i buy them at Restaurant Depot, so they're a slightly larger pack. they come frozen, and i remember to take them out to defrost them about 50% of the time i make ravioli or wontons... i've discontinued the practice of asking OH, "what do you want for dinner?" because (a) he seldom knows, (b) he asks for something abstruse with random ingredients or something that takes a *really* long time when it's already 730 pm, and (c) he will eat whatever i put in front of him (though I generally do ask if he wants fish before making that). sometimes OH will say, "what about those ravioli things?" or "maybe we can make..." (which let me tell you the translation of: "can you make...") BUT I DIGRESS.... in those instances, i will stick the stack in the microwave and put on defrost for short spurts until i can separate some off of the top. i take off what i need, then they'll finish thawing by the time i get the filling ready to go. you could keep defrosting if you're filling is already ready to go... i always think every time, maybe i should separate them out into individual "meal packs" to freeze, then just be able to take a small stack out for a meal, but i never seem to do this either...

                                                                            1. re: Emme

                                                                              Thanks, Emme. I think our hubs are cousins: yesterday, the Mr. asked "do you have some of that peanut butter mix for those things we make?" Meaning: make some pb cookies. Only part I took exception to was the "mix"--humph, they're from scratch, of course.

                                                                        2. Three Twins Organic Ice Cream.
                                                                          my favorite flavor: Mocha Difference (it has coffee ice cream with chocolate chips)
                                                                          my daughters favorite flavor: Vanilla Chocolate Chip.
                                                                          the ice cream is high quality and the chips in it are high quality.

                                                                          1. Edamame shelled has become a must buy every time I hit the frozen dept.

                                                                            A couple bags of artichoke hearts at the holidays without all the bother of prep'ing fresh is a helpful buy.

                                                                            But I'm mostly in the grocers freezer for Mr. Green Tea's frozen ice cream, phyllo dough and frozen spinach.

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                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                              I do the edamame as well, but always unshelled. I love it that way.

                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                Mr. green tea'a frozen ice cream? Is that a brand? Where is it available? I love a good green tea ice cream but it's hard to come by in these parts, except when I make a special trip to an Asian grocery store.

                                                                                1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                  Yes, it's a brand out of NJ that supplies restaurants and recently when retail on some of their line. The green tea, red bean and ginger are my fav. And one of the owners recently mentioned a new flavor is unveiling this summer. In NJ, WF sells it.

                                                                                  Here's their site: http://mrgreenteaicecream.com/

                                                                              2. Edamame, peas, spinach, corn.

                                                                                Not as healthy: Amy's Mac & Cheese, Amy's Palak Paneer, Evol burritos, Celeste Pizza for One, Stouffers Spinach Souffle, Stouffers Chipped beef, Private selection Margarita Pizza.

                                                                                1. Commercially frozen fruit can, interestingly, be better than fresh. Why? Because "fresh" fruit is often picked so long before ripeness that it's terrible. Like strawberries. Way too much white in most fresh strawberries (not to mention they're often way too big, but I digress). The frozen packages often use much riper fruit.

                                                                                  1. Frozen artichokes, I prefer them over the canned or jarred varieties, since they aren't as salty or overly seasoned.

                                                                                    1. Yes. I like some frozen pizza doughs (made in house then frozen.) I like frozen organic corn, Amy's burritos and tofu scramble, puff pastry, latke's, and a few other things.

                                                                                      1. You beat me to it. Peas are the only veg better frozen than fresh (well, 99.99% of the time, unless you have a garden and they go directly from pea patch to the stove). And frozen, chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed *very* dry, is entirely adequate and quite convenient.

                                                                                        1. Like most everyone else, I have frozen peas, and a few veggie mixes. Ice cream, popsicles, potstickers, Alexia waffle fries and the TJ's tarte d'Alsace.