Its recession, our income is limited (living partially on study loan & my hubby’s part-time job income).
9am-4pm I’ll be either at school attending class or at home doing research, and 5pm-10pm Hubby is at work paid at $19 an hour.
So we got limited budget & time(we make it a point to go shopping together coz the last time I went shopping with Miya at Brunswick, there was this dodgy incident where a weird looking guy-either a drunk or a guy sniffing glue-trying to follow us-I caught him staring at my shopping items) for groceries shopping. What do we do? We decided to stock up on dried stuff & try to get good frozen stuff.
Halal meat & poultry will be bought in bulks, enough to last us 2weeks at least.
Dried stuff would include rice, mushroom, baking box, noodles, cookies, pasta & the usual herbs spices.
Then we came to the torn decision of vege. We really can’t afford to buy vege every couple of days and we know that it’s no good to be keeping vege for a long time in the fridge. So over a week, I did a research over the internet to make a decision between the battle of fresh vege vs frozen vege. My findings are as the following:
-In 1998, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that frozen fruits and vegetables provide the same essential nutrients and health benefits as fresh. It's no wonder.
-It was also proven that, frozen vege hold more nutri that fresh vege coz fresh vege are sometimes being left on the shelf too long. So they lost their nutri by being left idle on the shelf. Yup! Their nutri fades in time, but not for frozen vege. Seems like the nutri got frozen it time. Huhuhu... Unless u guys can put your hand on fresh picked vege at the fresh market.
-Frozen fruits and vegetables are nothing more than fresh fruits and vegetables that have been blanched (cooked for a short time in boiling water or steamed) and frozen within hours of being picked.
-Further, frozen fruits and vegetables are processed at their peak in terms of freshness and nutrition.
-if we buy frozen vege in bulk in many variety, it can also last for over 2weeks of consumption. So $15 worth of frozen vege can be consume for over 14-20days, unlike $42 of fresh vege for 14days (e.g. spend $3-5 per day on fresh vege).
Cukup tak these facts to justify my decision to buy frozen vege? Well for now, with this $ & time limit I’m having, I guess I have not much choice but to go for frozen. Whatever it is, we just try to provide the best, within our limits, for our family right?