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jeffb
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Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


I cook two huge pots of chili every year and I spend a LOT of time the night before chopping onions and bell peppers (and garlic and tomatoes)! Are the frozen onions/bell peppers in the grocery store just as good as fresh for taste?

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hehatedrew
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re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


I can't tell if you are being serious or not?





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DEANintheYAY
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re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


Food processor. PULSE. PULSE. PULSE. done.





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wiltznucs
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I know a lot of people that use them and claim there is no difference. I see this a lot in gumbo and some jambs. The frozen veggies dont seem to hold up well IMHO. I prefer the results when using fresh cut veggies...


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Nawlens Gator
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I just buy Guidries (sp?) fresh chopped now. The hell with all that chopping. I even bought a fancy electric chopper I never use because it's too much hassel.







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Gaston
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I watched a "How's it made" show and they went through the processing of onions. The chopped ones are stabilized by washing them with water. Cutting them releases some enzyme that will damage them, but apparently water can wash it off. They dry and bag them and it appeared they were unharmed. Can't image one could tell through your chili that the onions were preprocessed.





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notiger1997
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Alot of stores sell the containers of fresh cut onions/bell peppers if I'm not mistaken.





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Gris Gris
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There's definitely a difference in texture and flavor to me. I don't use frozen for anything that I can think of. They get watery when they defrost.

ETA: On occasion, I'll save celery and onion ends for broth/stock making, but I do this very rarely. I prefer fresh for that, as well.



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Rohan2Reed
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quote:

I spend a LOT of time the night before chopping onions and bell peppers (and garlic and tomatoes)! Are the frozen onions/bell peppers in the grocery store just as good as fresh for taste?


stop being lazy. frozen vegetables are crap.

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Thanks!


you're welcome






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brichard
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re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


Not as fresh or crunchy, but they get the job done in a pinch. and by pinch, i mean cooking during the week when you get home from work, while helping the kids with homework, and everyhting else that goes on in the household!!





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Gris Gris
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Tell us what you really fell, R2R.





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BottomlandBrew
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re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


quote:

I just buy Guidries (sp?) fresh chopped now.


That pre-shopped stuff in the produce section? I get that stuff sometimes. Not a bad price (like $3.19 or something) and it saves me a few minutes prep-time. Good for use in chili, gumbo, red beans, pot roast, etc.






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Martini
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Well he did say he only cooks two pots a year.

Plus it's an exercise in knife skills. I can get through onions, celery and peppers pretty quick. A big pot of gumbo or chili, one drink. Really large pot, two drinks.

I like cooking really large pots.






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yellowfin
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I just buy Guidries (sp?) fresh chopped now.


That stuff is 90% chopped onions(because they are cheaper) so you still have to chop extra bell peppers, celery, garlic, etc.






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Rohan2Reed
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Plus it's an exercise in knife skills. I can get through onions, celery and peppers pretty quick. A big pot of gumbo or chili, one drink. Really large pot, two drinks.

I like cooking really large pots.


see, Martini gets it. a key component of prepping is improving your technique, relaxing, having a drink or two, shooting the shite with your friends or fam, stopping to have a smoke.. it's therapeutic for me.






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Martini
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stopping to have a smoke..


I gave this up years ago.






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tigeryat
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Fresh is always better, but the frozen stuff works well too, especially for a dish you cook for and hour or two, like a chicken & sausage gumbo or a chili.

Seafood gumbos and other dishes that cook quicker deserve a fresh mirepoix.

And I also add green pepper, garlic, and sometimes celery to the pre-chopped seasoning mixes.






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GeauxTigersLee
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chopping onions and bell peppers
Seriously, it can't take that much time.
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garlic
Buy a garlic press.
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tomatoes
If you want to save time chopping, then buy canned whole tomatoes. Rough chop those, and they'll break down while cooking.


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Are the frozen onions/bell peppers in the grocery store just as good as fresh for taste?
Not even close.






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