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Old 11-10-2006, 07:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have been thinking about getting a small chest freezer to put in our laundry room so that I can take better advantage of our costco membership, as well as do more double batch dinners. Currently I only have room for maybe 2 meals in our freezer.

However, I have that idea in my head that when you freeze meats and things, they lose some of the nutritional value, or maybe just some of their texture? Is any of that true, or is it just one of those silly old wives' tales?
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I know that it's commonly said on these boards that frozen veggies actually retain their nutrients better than the fresh veggies in the produce section, due to them being frozen immediately and not having the week+ transport and distribution time to lose some of those nutrients.

I haven't done any research on this, but it seems like it should be correct.

I'm just not certain about meat, as my DH is vegetarian (lacto ovo) and I only eat meat the day I buy it from the store, or when I'm eating out.
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If you buy food already frozen from the store, it's fine because food that is flash frozen retains nutrients. But if you freeze it in your own freezer, ice crystals can develop during the longer freezing process and damage the food's cells. You can find some articles on that by googling "Birdseye," b/c Clarence Birdseye invented flash freezing (and Birds Eye frozen veggies. )

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