Monday, 26 April 2010

Know your onions

136_5031021239136_IDShot_225x225One of the only ways I can continue to prepare a meal every day is to take advantage of labour saving "tricks", such as buying my onions ready diced, which saves a lot of pain in my hands and wrists if I'd had to chop them.

Well, to be honest, if I had to chop onions for every recipe, I really wouldn't be able to manage at all any longer.

On the other hand, I dare not eat prepared and processed meals full of mystery ingredients and chemicals to which I would undoubtedly have a reaction.

At 79 pence for the kilo bag, this actually works out cheaper than buying fresh onions too. (There does not appear to be anything in them except onions.)

This is but one example. Another is sliced mixed peppers, which are really handy too, as a handful can be thrown into all sorts of dishes.

So what do you think happened when I went to make the list for next month's shopping? Yep, both products are marked, Sorry, this product is currently unavailable. In the basket it suggested permanently. I do hope not.


cinderkeys said...

Bah. Hope they come back.

Have you found the pre-sliced&diced vegetables to be less fresh than the kind you have to cut up yourself? And if so, has this been a problem?

Pamela said...

Well, it seems to be a sad conundrum in the UK that the frozen vegetables are often fresher and more nutritious than "fresh" ones. Certainly in the supermarkets where they seem to have an obsession with putting the latter in plastic bags that makes everything sweat and wilt faster.

Obviously, these do have a water component - so they tend to sweat rather than fry - and the frozen ones are only suitable for use in cooking, i.e. they couldn't be thawed and eaten raw, but for the purpose, they make a more than acceptable compromise.


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