“ Type: Other Vegetables „
Living on my own I find that whenever I buy myself fresh vegetables that I always end up letting them go off or not using them all up therefore getting a lot of waste. Besides all that having limited mobility through M.E and a back problem I get put off making myself what my mother calls proper meals due to the time and effort they take! However recently I have a way of overcoming this and that's by buying frozen vegetables that are prepared already and done for me.
Now I love Broccoli so when I spotted this at only £1.30 a 1kg bag in my local Asda store I snapped it up to be honest!
These simply come in a plastic bag with a picture of some broccoli cooked on the front of it and we are told what they are of course. On the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients and cooking advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart stated as is the size (as I have listed already) and contact details for Asda are given. The bag like all of the other frozen vegetables I have bought isn't resealable though but lucky for me I do have a selection of ties and plastic clips to hand should I need them.
The Broccoli Florets:
Well these are nice dark and rich green coloured florets of all different shapes and sizes with a little stalk to each. You can cook these in pan of water on the hob, in the microwave or by steaming them and all of those methods take about 5 minutes to cook from frozen....well that's what Asda saysanyway.
Because I had a large bag just for me the first time I cooked some was on the hob and they actually took me 10 minutes to cook to get them soft enough to eat as the stalky bits were too hard for me but to be fair it all comes down to taste I guess. With the rest of them I was going to steam them and I followed the instructions to the t and found that that way took me more like 15 minutes. Either way though these tasted great, fresh and as you would expect broccoli to taste really. They are unseasoned, look nice and like I say taste just as you would expect fresh broccoli to taste!
According to some information on the front of my bag I am told that they are naturally high in vitamin C and a natural source of folacin as well as just 80g of these being counted as one of my fruit/vegetable portions a day and I have to say I really do like and appreciate these though don't follow the cooking instructions is my best advice!
Nutritional Information Boiled Per 80g:
Energy: 23 Kcal
Of which sugars: 0.7g
Of which saturates: 0.2g
Only available from Asda stores or from Asda.com
Most of my meals tend to be takeaways or supermarket versions of them and so lately i've tried to be sensible and ensure at least a couple of dinners a week which are made up of proper fruits and vegetables.
As i knew in advance that it was unlikely i'd stick to this plan, I decided to go for frozen vegetables - i've read a lot about the health benefits of using frozen over fresh and it certainly seems to make sense from a financial point of view too - far better to take out a handful of what's needed and leave the rest in the freezer for weeks or months than be forced to use up a fridge full of vegetables which are heading past their best.
The broccoli is easy to prepare (it can be boiled or microwaved from frozen) - the instructions don't indicate any timings for steaming the broccoli but I cooked mine this way for around 10 minutes and it was absolutely perfect - tender but not mushy. I ate 3-4 pieces alongside some mince and potatoes and it was very nice indeed - so much so that i've already purchased another bag as i feel more confident that i'll get through the first one in a matter of days!
My next plan is to find other recipes which I can include the broccoli in, i've heard it goes very well with roast chicken so that's next on my list to try!
I love broccoli, but am often not up for buying the fresh stuff because i have quite a hectic life and never know when I am going to be at home or someone elses or out for dinner. I had never really tried frozen vegtables in any form before and after compaining to a friend that I always seemed to be throwing fresh veg out or paying through the nose for it at the local corner shop, he suggested trying the frozen variety.
So on my next trip to asda, I trundled along to the frozen veg aisle and picked up a bag of this wonderus stuff. I have to admit now that I have become a bit of an addict - this stuff is so handy, especially if you are cooking for one.
The Packaging - It comes in a basic plastic bag that can be put in the freezer, so that you can use as little or as much as you want at a time - obviously because it is frozen it doesnt go off so it is idea for those who cant plan meals in advance, or get through a whole broccoli on their own.
The Cooking - is exactly the same method as fresh produce, it can be boiled, steamed, microwaved aparenlty, or put directly into sauces - i always put it in thai curry.
The Taste - is also great - it does taste a LITTLE softer and is missing some of the crunch of a fresh broccoli, but really, considering the handyness of this product - the positives outweight the negitives - it still tastes great!
The Price - at under a quid, what more could you ask for.
A basic ration for anyones freezer in my opinion
ASDAS FROZEN BROCCOLI FLORETS.
Deciding what vegtables to have with some cooked chops, i decided that i would try the Asdas Freshly frozen Broccoli, that i already have in my freezer conmpartment, where i keep frozen vegtables, in case i cant get their equivelent or any just feeling a bit lazy and what a quick and easy to cook vegtable.
The Package **********
Quite a think plastic, better to get the scissors and use them to cut along the top, i use clothes pegs to reseal the package oce i have twisted the neck of the bag, saves it getting frost burns, and stops the product coming out in my freezer drawer.
Pictures a nice bowl of dark green broccoli florets and claims to be frozen shortly after they have been picked.
Broccoli Florets are actually high in Vitamin C and thats also a good source of folic acid. Apparently one large tablespoon of broccoli florets provides one portion of your five a day, so thats good too.
I usually pop mine into a saucepan of boiling water, and i dont add salt as i think that aids to putting my blood pressure up, if i need salt i will add this at the table if required.
Yes they are quite good for a frozen vegtable, and as they claim to have been frozen shortly after picking i guess that this is the reason they dont taste too bad.
You can mircrowave these vegtables, but i personally prefer to boil mine in a saucepan of water, but if you do want to mircrowave them, then they will only take a few minutes, on full heat, just test my sticking a fork in them.
Contains protein. Fat, Salt, (the fat of which some is saturates).
Serving Suggestions **********
Of course you can always eat them on their own, but are great with the Sunday roast, as a nice fresh and high in vitamins vegtable.
Add to a vegtable curry.
Stir fry with some other vegtables and a sweet and sour sauce.
I like to stir fry mine, and add carrots finly sliced, and some sauce, tomatoes and onions (red onions) yes i have weird tastes and a few strips of finely sliced chicken marinated in sauce overnight).
This is a usefull and quick and easy to use vegtable.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews xx
As children we hardly ever ate broccoli, not because we didn't like it but because my Mother very rarely cooked or served it. Cabbage, Brussel sprouts, purple sprouting and a whole host of root vegetables were regularly served for dinner but broccoli was never on the menu.
Now we are a divided household on the broccoli front, I love it and will eat a hearty helping and the Other Half tolerates it, he finds that the grainy texture of the vegetable frustrating.
I could probably foresee difficulties feeding broccoli to youngsters unless it was disguised in some way or another, it isn't the most attractive vegetable that I have ever come across.
Broccoli is very low in cholesterol and saturated fats yet rich in protein, riboflavin, thiamine, magnesium, iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus. It is a good source of fibre, Vitamins E, A, C, K and B6 and also contains folate, manganese and potassium. All in all Broccoli has a lot going for it.
I buy fresh broccoli and I keep frozen broccoli in the freezer. Asda`s freshly frozen broccoli is well priced at 93p kg. Like most frozen vegetables the packaging is minimal, the frozen broccoli florets are placed inside a thick plastic bag. I have noticed that among the product information that Asda do say that it is packed in Spain but grown in many countries.
An 80g serving of broccoli constitutes one of our five daily portions of fruit and veg.
Asda also say that the broccoli has been frozen within hours of being cut to ensure a quality product.
Whether my broccoli is fresh or frozen I always cook it in the microwave, I find that the vegetable keeps its fresh green colour far better than if it is boiled in a saucepan. I place my broccoli florets in a dish, add a touch of water, cover the dish in a layer of cling film (pleated in the middle) and then cook it until it is al dente. If the vegetable is overcooked it goes all mushy and looks most unappetising. The Asda frozen broccoli cook well in the microwave, the stems remain fairly firm and the florets keep their shape and texture.
When you open the bag of Asda broccoli the bag looks full of good green florets and for the most part your eyes are not deceiving you.
When you start using the bag there is a tendency to pick out the juiciest looking pieces and ignore the small parts that have broken away. The bag of frozen Asda broccoli seems to score fairly well, it does provide a good amount of whole decent sized, good coloured florets.
Only as you get to the bottom of the bag do you start to notice the `bits and bobs` that are floating around at the bottom seemingly unwanted.
More often than not I add these to my normal amount to cook and make a Broccoli cheese, just the same as a cauliflower cheese but using broccoli instead, it disguises the bits and pieces from the bottom of the bag well and saves wasting any of the vegetable.
I only buy one bag of frozen broccoli at a time so that it doesn't hand about in the freezer for too long. When I have opened the plastic bag I do make sure that it is well resealed before it gets put back into the freezer.
Broccoli is an enjoyable and colourful vegetable that is very good for you too.
Asda's frozen broccoli is fine, it is well priced, well presented and it serves its purpose very well indeed.
We all know we're meant to have 5 a day fruit and veg - its been drummed into my head since I was a kid . Most days, I admit, I tend to only really eat 3 portions, maybe 4, but I've started trying to improve that, in tandem with joining Weight Watchers and attempting to eat more healthily in general.
Initially, I purchased fresh fruit and veg in my weekly shop - but soon hit a stumbling block - not only did these need peeling, washing, etc, but, by the middle of the week, a lot of them started to look a bit sorry for themselves and just not appetising , and ended up being donated to my dads guinea pigs.
So, frozen veg was the next thing to try, and I got a huge basketful for under a fiver, including a bag of Frozen Broccoli.
Opening the bag, all the brocolli looked fresh and green, however, the size of the florets was pretty irregular - some tiny pieces, some huge - which of course presents a small timing problem when cooking. They also seemed to be more stalk than top.
Cookings easy - boil some water , bung in the veg, and cook til hot and just the way you like them. You can also steam and stir-fry these .
Taste wise - well, its not quite the same as fresh brocolli, something in the texture isn't quite right. That said, it was still crunchy, still tasted as brocolli should, and didn't fall apart when cooking. However, most of my veg usage tends to be in other dishes - my daughters a fusspot so I tend to try and hide the veg , and when mixed in with pasta and cheese sauce , I was pretty hard pressed to tell the difference .
Overall, a great thing to have in your freezer - quick and convenient veg, none of the fuss of washing and trimming, and keeps for ages . No complaints from me .
In my never ending search to improve our diet and to increase our fruit and veg intake, I hit a brick wall.
My own laziness.
Some days I just cant be bothered to peel veg, to parboil etc etc, so here's where some frozen veggies come in handy. Now I would prefer to eat fresh every day but due to our lifestyle this isnt always possible.
Frozen broccoli was the top of my list, because its so easy to cook and you seem to get quite an amount in the bag, so it would last us a fair while.
As the photo shows, Asda frozen broccoli comes in a greyish bag with a picture of fresh tumbling florets looking tasty and delicious as Mother Nature intended.
Inside the bag however I was a little bit disappointed with the size of the florets. A few, say 3 or 4 florets are mammoth in size, and I thought I was on to a winner, however continue searching and they become considerably smaller and therefore to get a decent portion, you have to put quite a bit in your pan.
Lots of stalk for not a lot else.
As for cooking, its pretty easy. Boil a pan of hot water. Personally I use the water which I've boiled my potatoes/carrots in (as they've gone into the oven for roasting off). Add in the florets and turn your heat down slowly to ensure they cook through as opposed to boiling them to a pile of mush.
I prefer my broccoli with a crunch to them, and so 5 minutes is long enough for me.
So they're cooked and served, now onto the taste. Well it's not fresh..... and you can tell. Not by a great deal but you just know.
The stems on the broccoli were surprisingly lacking in any discernible taste, which is a bit weird.
The leafy section however still remains solid, and doesnt collapse when you stick your fork in, which is one of my pet hates with broccoli. Again it tastes like broccoli but not fresh broccoli.
I would say its lack in the real delivery of flavour, which could just be down to what variety of broccoli is grown to be produce in frozen form.
In summary, it works well as a frozen standby. I wouldnt use it every day, but mainly because I prefer fresh tasting vegetables.
It wasnt horrid and it was a darn sight better than the smart price version (please dont do it to yourself!).
The colour holds pretty true, it cooks well and frozen is a good way of having veggies on hand for those evenings when you just cant be bothered!