Recently in my article about prepping your vegetables ahead of time, I mentioned that we have chopped frozen celery on hand. I think its important that I emphasize that most vegetables and fruits are not the same after being frozen.
Celery is one of them. Its mostly made of water, so it looks like a discolored green slush when its frozen. They will never really be crunchy and crispy again. But for soups, stews and other slow cooked meals (what else do you use celery for anyways?) they are perfectly fine.
I find the same thing to be true with berries. Frozen strawberries, blueberries and blackberries will never be the same as fresh. But they are great in fruit smoothies and so easy to use when you want a yummy fruit topping for pancakes. My husband likes to heat them up in a pan and mix them with a little bit of maple syrup or honey – yum! In fact, we’ll probably have some on our pancakes tomorrow.
So just a reminder – Do not freeze your vegetables and fruits if you want to eat them in a raw or nearly raw state after you thaw them.