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How to Make Frozen Vegetables Taste Great

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author image Nadia Haris
Nadia Haris is a registered radiation therapist who has been writing about nutrition for more than six years. She is completing her Master of Science in nutrition with a focus on the dietary needs of oncology patients.
How to Make Frozen Vegetables Taste Great
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Frozen vegetables are a convenient way to add produce to your daily diet. Frozen food companies package vegetables such as peas, carrots, beans, broccoli and corn when they are fresh, preserving them by deep freezing. Eat Right Ontario notes that frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh. How you prepare frozen vegetables, however, can affect their taste and nutrients. Harvard Medial School warns that boiling vegetables in water can reduce their water-soluble vitamins. Cook them the right way to avoid mushy vegetables and add flavor with fresh or dried herbs.

Steaming or Blanching

Step 1

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Fill a pot with about 2 to 3 inches of water. Place the pot on the stove and let the water come to a boil. Reduce the heat to allow the water to simmer.

Step 2

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Place a sieve, steaming pot or bamboo steaming basket over the simmering water. Add the frozen vegetables and cover them with a lid. Allow the hot steam to cook the vegetables all the way through.

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Step 3

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Reduce the heat and remove the frozen vegetables from the steaming pot. Remove the lid and allow the vegetables to cool slightly. Alternatively, you can avoid overcooking by blanching the vegetables. To do this, dunk the cooked vegetables into a pot of ice water for a second or two.

Cooking in the Microwave

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Add half a tablespoon of water into a bowl or microwave-safe cooking dish. Place the frozen vegetables into the dish and cover them with a lid.

Step 2

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Place the dish into the microwave and cook them on high until they are cooked all the way through. This should only take a few minutes. The small amount of water at the bottom of the dish and water released from the frozen vegetables help to steam-cook them.

Step 3

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Remove the vegetables from the microwave and drain any remaining water from them. Transfer the cooked vegetables into a serving dish.

Adding Flavor

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Steam vegetables with vegetable or meat broth to infuse them with flavor. Add a dehydrated stock cube to water if you don't have vegetable or meat stock on hand.

Step 2

How to Make Frozen Vegetables Taste Great
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Cook frozen vegetables with fresh or dried herbs for extra flavor. Add dried herbs to the frozen vegetables while cooking to allow them to absorb moisture. Add chopped, fresh herbs to the hot vegetables one to three minutes before you have finished cooking to retain their fresh taste.

Step 3

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Sprinkle spices such as nutmeg, ground pepper, chilli powder or sea salt onto the frozen vegetables for added flavor. Use salt and spices sparingly, and add them when you are about halfway finished cooking to keep the flavors more pungent.

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