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Frozen or Chilled?

October 25, 2016

Organic meat and sustainable seafood have become a major focus of the fresh vs. frozen debate. In a recent publication by The Washington Post, Aliza Green, a Philadelphia-based chef and author of The Fishmonger’s Apprentice, believes there are more than a few reasons to make a conscious choice to purchase frozen organic meats and seafood.

"If you had asked me in the ’70s and ’80s, when I first started out as a chef, I would have said ‘only buy fresh fish,’ ” she says. “But I have really changed my mind. The freezing technology is so much better now.”

The idea of choosing frozen fish over chilled or even fresh fish is supported by some of the greatest minds in sustainable seafood. Barton Seaver, The Director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner. Seaver explains, “the technology of freezing fish has evolved to the point where it’s comparable to, if not better than, fresh fish.”

Flash-freezing wild-caught fish is the best alternative

These days, freshly caught fish is flash-frozen aboard the fishing boat, keeping it nutritionally intact and “fresh” longer. Further, all wild-caught fish and seafood today – by law – must be frozen in order to kill natural parasites. In short, unless you’re on the high seas catching these fish yourself, there's no such thing as fresh, wild-caught fish that isn't frozen. Fish that are flash-frozen as soon as they're caught is the next best thing if you're craving that all-natural, fresh, organic taste.

Flash-frozen organic meats retain their nutrients & reduce waste

The same nutritional rules hold true for organic meat and poultry, according to the Agriculture Department. “Freezing meat and poultry does not affect the nutritional value,” says CiCi Williamson, a food safety expert with the USDA meat and poultry hotline. “It should be fine for a month or longer,” she says.

A Staggering 133 Billion Pounds Of Food Worth $162 Billion Is Wasted Each Year According To The United States Department Of Agriculture (USDA).

The average American household throws away $120-worth of uneaten food each month. At Greensbury, we flash-freeze and vacuum-seal our organic meat and wild fish, making our beef, poultry and fish last much longer than the industry average. As long as your Greensbury meats remain vacuum-sealed in your freezer, you can safely store them for up to 12 months.

 

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