• Michelle Dawn Mooney

It's Frozen Food Month!

Updated: 2 days ago

#YAYoftheDay for March 11th: I know what you're probably thinking. How exciting can it be to celebrate Frozen Food Month? Well, if you ask me, frozen foods get a bad rap. There are plenty of reasons to love what you may find in the back of your freezer ... within reason.

According to the Library of Congress, it was back in 1924 when Clarence Birdseye is credited with inventing the quick freezing method, which produces the type of frozen foods that we know today. Since then, there's not a meal that can't be made quicker and easier with the help of frozen foods. Whether it's frozen waffles for breakfast, frozen pizza for lunch, or frozen ravioli or thawed chicken for dinner, we have come to rely pretty heavily on foods that have a longer life because of the freezing method.

Then there is the healthy aspect of frozen foods. We all know that we should be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and the ones that are frozen are usually picked at peak ripeness. Studies show that not only do they retain a comparable vitamin, mineral, and phytochemical content to their fresh counterparts, many actually retain more nutrients when they're frozen than when they're eaten fresh. By the way, the general rule of thumb for keeping frozen foods at their best is about three months before freezer burn may set in.

Lastly, my favorite reason to love frozen food comes down to two words ... ice cream. How would we be able to eat this delicious concoction in the comfort of our own homes if it wasn't for the technology of our modern freezer? My family knows I have a teensy little obsession with ice cream. The fact of the matter is that if my husband and I are in the supermarket and we question whether or not we should get ice cream, the answer is always - YES! (I learned this the hard way after trying to show willpower at the store and then kicking myself two hours later when there was nothing in the freezer for dessert). No, it's not exactly health food, but everything in moderation, right?

So, whether it's a tv dinner, a frozen burrito, or the most coveted item in our freezer ... ice cream, I think we can all agree that frozen foods make our lives a little bit better, or at the least, more delicious. Happy Frozen Food Month!!

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