Technology means that frozen food has come a long way since its beginnings. Methods such as flash freezing lock in nutrients and freshness, while modern freezers allow for efficient storage. But there are some foods that are less expensive, quicker to prepare and generally better off fresh. Here are a few frozen foods to reconsider…



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


While its nutritional content has improved over the years, processed breaded food can still contain raising agents, E numbers, palm oil and added salt and sugar. Cheaper products are more likely to contain these unwelcome extras. Instead, if you can, buy frozen protein to defrost and make breadcrumbs yourself by whizzing up stale bread in a food processor.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


While pre-chopped onions are definitely time-saving, you’re likely to be clawing back moments not minutes. On the other hand, critics argue that the taste, texture and pungency of an onion are all affected by freezing. Consider, too, all the extra plastic you’ll be racking up with frozen onions and you might find yourself reconsidering. You can always throw your veggies in a food processor to save time as well.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


Big pots of gourmet ice cream might encourage you to over-indulge, but they offer much better value for money. Cute, individual tubs of ice cream, on the other hand, are generally not an economical option. Buy big instead and you’ll waste less packaging too.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


Free-from products, while removing certain allergens, aren’t necessarily a healthier choice, especially when they’re frozen. Many options are processed and will include added sugar and salt as well as additives. However, not all brands are the same, so check the nutrition label for natural ingredients (the fewer ingredients the better) and watch out for hidden sugars such as maltodextrin and dextrose and unpronounceable names that indicate chemical additives.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


Frozen pastry blocks are handy items to have in the freezer, but pre-rolled pastry cases go one step too far and will generally have you paying over the odds. It takes moments to roll out the dough for yourself, so get stuck in and save some cash.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


Frozen fish is an excellent freezer staple, but if your budget allows always opt for fish that’s line-caught or sustainable. That doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive either – do some research into the best options near you and check the labels on the packaging as these will usually indicate whether the fish is line-caught or not.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


There’s a great range of fresh and chilled veggie and vegan burgers available to buy, but meat-free doesn’t always mean healthy. Frozen veggie burgers are still processed and may contain additives such as stabilisers, GM ingredients (genetically modified food), palm oil, allergens such as barley, wheat and yeast, and added sugar and salt. Cheap products tend to be the biggest culprits, but this isn’t always the case so read the labels.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


Squid freezes well and usually comes gutted and cleaned ready to use. Defrosting it properly makes a difference to the outcome so allow to thaw overnight in the fridge (not at room temperature) or run it, still bagged, under cold water. Battered or breaded calamari, however, will often contain artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, so is best eaten as an occasional treat.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


If you don’t live a stone’s throw from a boulangerie, it’s useful to have ready-to-bake pastries, such as croissants and pain au chocolat, in the freezer. But sadly these are also processed and contain additives such as emulsifiers, flour treatment agents and unhealthy fats such as palm oil that wouldn’t be used in a reputable bakery. Eat quick frozen pastries as a treat, or otherwise make your own or head to your local bakery.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


Shop-bought ice lollies or popsicles are handy, but check for added sugars such as fructose and glucose syrup, stabilisers and traces of allergens such as milk. If you make your own with fresh fruit, juice or cordial, you’ll find it’s actually quicker than you’d expect and much cheaper too.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


Ethical standards of fresh meat are usually clearly advertised but hit the frozen aisles and things can quickly get hazy. In the UK, when buying frozen meat look out for a Soil Association, RSPCA Assured or Red Tractor logos. These are British quality assurance standards that Compassion in World Farming recommends for better welfare meat. In the US, check for logos such as Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, American Grassfed Association, USDA Organic and Food Alliance Certified.



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article



Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article


25/25 SLIDES