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Home Town: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Sandra is asking: (5 answers)
I have heard from someone who grew up in a well to do home that food should be served whenever possible fresh not prepared from frozen. Can people actually tell the difference between main meat dishes served fresh and food made from frozen?

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Last updated: Jul. 23, 2014 10:37 pm
Posted: Jan. 14, 2013 12:03 pm
Answered by: weeble
Jan. 14, 2013 12:11 pm
i can tell from frozen/fresh if i'm eating out, which is why i don't all that much. i can taste the preservatives/chemicals in the food and the amount of sodium is awful. i do freeze my own homemade meals and don't find any differences from fresh cooked. i don't think that living in a well to do home makes any difference in food preferences, imho :)
Hazel Wagner
Jan. 14, 2013 12:17 pm
I have a question on what you mean...for example, do you mean they eat steak or fish that have never been frozen when it's raw? Is this even possible? Or do you mean cooked, then never frozen.
Hazel Wagner
Jan. 14, 2013 12:19 pm
For example, is it possible to get fresh salmon from Alaska to the midwest in time for it to be "fresh", if it weren't frozen... I'm also curious on this...
Jan. 14, 2013 1:31 pm
wishiwascookin . . . Much of the seafood is flash frozen on the boats as they’re out to sea for several days to weeks at a time. Flash freezing (a/k/a superfreezing) can take the temperature down to minus 70 degrees F, and fish can be preserved with no decomposition for as long as two years. Don’t confuse this type of freezing with the way the public freezes stuff. It would be cost prohibitive to deliver ‘fresh’ (never frozen) Alaskan salmon to the Midwest. Japanese sushi is often thought to be some of the freshest fish available but most of it is flash frozen too. The FDA has a rule requiring fish to be eaten raw -- whether as sushi, sashimi, seviche, or tartare -- must be frozen first . . . I think one exception might be tuna but from a practical standpoint, it too is flash frozen. If you live in a coastal area, you can get fresh (never frozen) seafood caught by local fisherman but limited to availability of species.
Hazel Wagner
Jan. 14, 2013 4:09 pm
Answered by: manella
Jan. 14, 2013 12:15 pm
hi,for some they can.i can usually tell the difference,and iam not from a well to do family.I think fresh is better all the time,but for some it isn't always possible.I think you just work with what you have.
Jan. 14, 2013 12:16 pm
Weeble makes very good points.
Answered by: the4taals
Jan. 14, 2013 1:24 pm
my BIL is a bit of a snob, he will not eat any food that has been frozen, I buy meat orders and I bulk cook and freeze and don't notice a different in the quality.
Jan. 14, 2013 1:29 pm
Agree with the other posters. If stored in the freezer too long, meat can start to dry out or otherwise lessen in quality...but frozen veggies are perfectly fine and often more nutritious than fresh. I think it's more about the preparation, personally!
Jan. 14, 2013 1:33 pm
True enough, the4taals and Doughgirl8.Good points.
Answered by: Sandra
Jan. 14, 2013 8:21 pm
Hi: Sorry for the confusion, forget the home where the person came from. Are you able to tell the difference between a main dish of protein that has come out of the freezer then properly cooked, from the same dish from fresh protein then properly cooked when both are served the same way?
Jan. 15, 2013 4:35 am
I cannot, but everyone is different. I think the biggest factor is how well it's prepared to freeze. My husband wraps meat much better than I do and it's obvious when I pull it out of the freezer who wrapped it.
Jan. 15, 2013 2:54 pm
but if it was properly prepared?
Answered by: patty
Jan. 16, 2013 7:40 am
do they drink tea with their pinkies sticking up too? well hoity toity for them. as for eating fresh, yes, even us peasants like to eat fresh foods whenever possible. but being merely working class, we often buy things when they are on special, hence having to freeze or buy things in tins that go on our larder shelves. now excuse me while i get back to tilling the fields. the nobles get upset when they see us serfs blogging.
Apr. 1, 2014 7:19 pm
Me too. Don't take offense the question was just can you taste the difference between cooked from frozen and cooked from fresh.
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