Store-Bought Shortcuts: What's Worth It, What's Not
Find out which ingredients will help your meals, from prepeeled garlic to instant mashed potatoes.
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Worth it. While the freezer's arctic chill can destroy some vegetables (Brussels sprouts, carrots, asparagus, we're looking at you), others hold up amazingly well. Corn is one of them—which is especially helpful, considering this summer veggie may only be in season for two short months, depending on where you live. Thawed corn isn't as crunchy as fresh, but it's just as sweet, and it defrosts much more quickly than a big block of iced broccoli. Whole Foods
now carries organic bicolor, fire-roasted, yellow and white varieties that are perfect for soup, chowder and salsa.