There are many reasons for buying certain foods in frozen form. Convenience is a big one – not having to peel or shell some produce or having access to ready-to-use ingredients at a moment’s notice.
Stocking frozen food also cuts down on food waste, since we don’t have to worry about spoilage and food items going stale. Read on to find out which are some popular frozen foods!
1. Frozen dough
Before proofing and baking, dough pieces that have undergone freezing and freezing storage are called frozen dough. It is one of the baking industry’s fastest-growing technologies, driven by consumer demand for reliable product quality, convenience, and the ability to produce freshly baked goods whenever they want.
With frozen bread dough, you get to save up on labour. Productivity is increased since you now have more options for what you can serve. Here are some menu items you can add with frozen dough on hand:
- pork buns
- sticky buns
- bread sticks.
However, do not feel as if you are limited to these options! There is so much that you can make out of frozen dough. There are frozen food suppliers like Suprima Bakeries that offer a variety of frozen food.
2. Frozen onions
If you can’t get a supply of onions regularly, having frozen chopped onions on hand is a huge benefit to your cafe business. Numerous savoury recipes call for chopped onions, and once cooked into a dish, frozen onions won’t taste any different in terms of flavour.
Besides, there are so many dishes out there that need onions – it is a staple! It would be good to stock up on this in your freezer.
3. Frozen corn
If you want to offer your customers a taste of summer all year long, frozen corn could be a staple in your pantry.
According to Eating Well: “An ear of sweet corn has less than half the sugar of a banana and only about one-third the sugar of an apple. Even beets have more grams of sugar per serving than corn.” It is a pretty good alternative to bread and sometimes, rice!
4. Artichoke hearts
It is a delicacy to use artichoke hearts both raw and cooked in salads, with pasta or risotto, on pizza, as a gratin, or mashed into a dip, for example. However, because they are hidden at the centre of all those spiky leaves, the fresh ones are difficult to find.
Frozen hearts maintain their texture and flavour and don’t require any more effort than opening a bag, in contrast to marinated ones that can be slimy and flavourless.
5. Butternut squash
Fresh butternut squash’s main drawback is that it’s difficult to handle, with a stringy mass of seeds at one end when it’s cut open and a hard, pithy skin.
It can take up to ten minutes to peel, seed, and cube a squash (it’s very firm and difficult to cut up evenly), but the instantly ready, pre-cut frozen variety can be thrown into a wok or stewpot without having to thaw and has all the same great flavour and texture as the fresh variety.
Of course, in addition to frozen foods like these, there are more items that are best when frozen like some fruits and vegetables.
Aside from being cost effective, having these frozen food items on hand is a great way to be flexible in your business! Not to mention – it is a convenient way of mixing your menu items around.