Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers? | TigerDroppings.com

Posted byMessage
jeffb
LA-Monroe Fan
Monroe LA
Member since Feb 2010
24 posts

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?

Thanks!







Back to top
Share:
hehatedrew
Ole Miss Fan
New Zealand
Member since Oct 2009
20342 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


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





Back to top
DEANintheYAY
USA Fan
LEFT COAST
Member since Jan 2008
30994 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


Food processor. PULSE. PULSE. PULSE. done.





Back to top
  Replies (0)
wiltznucs
South Florida Fan
Apollo Beach, FL
Member since Sep 2005
7710 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


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...


This post was edited on 11/16 at 12:44 pm


Back to top
  Replies (0)
Nawlens Gator
Florida Fan
louisiana
Member since Sep 2005
2392 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?



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.







Back to top
Gaston
LSU Fan
Dirty Coast
Member since Aug 2008
20088 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


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.





Back to top
  Replies (0)
notiger1997
Member since May 2009
23073 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


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





Back to top
  Replies (0)
Gris Gris
LSU Fan
GRIS GRIS MARIE, REST IN PEACE CIT!
Member since Feb 2008
25193 posts
 Online 

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


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.



This post was edited on 11/16 at 1:06 pm


Back to top
  Replies (0)
Rohan2Reed
Grambling Fan
T'uela me la pela
Member since Nov 2003
71172 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


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.

quote:

Thanks!


you're welcome






Back to top
brichard
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
888 posts

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!!





Back to top
  Replies (0)
Gris Gris
LSU Fan
GRIS GRIS MARIE, REST IN PEACE CIT!
Member since Feb 2008
25193 posts
 Online 

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


Tell us what you really fell, R2R.





Back to top
BottomlandBrew
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Aug 2010
13074 posts
 Online 

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.






Back to top
  Replies (0)
Martini
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2005
28023 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


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.






Back to top
yellowfin
Illinois Fan
Coastal Bar
Member since May 2006
70197 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


quote:

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.






Back to top
  Replies (0)
Rohan2Reed
Grambling Fan
T'uela me la pela
Member since Nov 2003
71172 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


quote:

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.






Back to top
Martini
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2005
28023 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


quote:

stopping to have a smoke..


I gave this up years ago.






Back to top
  Replies (0)
tigeryat
LSU Fan
God's Country
Member since Oct 2005
2549 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


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.






Back to top
  Replies (0)
GeauxTigersLee
LSU Fan
Atlanta
Member since Sep 2010
3862 posts

re: Frozen chopped onions/bell peppers?


quote:

chopping onions and bell peppers
Seriously, it can't take that much time.
quote:

garlic
Buy a garlic press.
quote:

tomatoes
If you want to save time chopping, then buy canned whole tomatoes. Rough chop those, and they'll break down while cooking.


quote:

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






Back to top
  Replies (0)


Back to top