Fast, easy, and delicious, frozen foods are a staple of life’s ever increasing pace. Since first conceptualized in 1953 by C.A. Swanson & Sons, the frozen TV dinner has simplified the end of the day by offering a calming comfort after a chaotic day of activity. Celebrate National Frozen Food Month this March by taking a break from all the shopping, preparation, and work that go into cooking, and treat yourself to the quick and simple meal that you have earned.
National Frozen Food Month - History
The Frozen Fish Revolution
The Icelandic Fisheries Commission was created to initiate innovation in the industry, and encouraged fishermen to start quick-freezing their catch.
Frozen Food Goes American
Clarence Birdseye introduced "flash freezing" to the American public.
Freezing Becomes Cool
Clarence Birdseye is credited with inventing the quick and easy freezing method we know today.
The Ice-Maker is Born
The first commercial ice-making machine was invented by James Harrison, a British journalist who had emigrated to Australia.
National Frozen Food Month Activities
1. Host a frozen food potluck
Party time! Host a get together with close ones, and invite everyone to bring their own frozen dish. See what everyone has been keeping safe for a rainy day and share hidden goodies while spending more time socializing with a cocktail instead of stressing in the kitchen.
2. See who can go the whole month
This is the perfect “win/win” scenario. See if you can go the entire month of March without any cooking, only minimal cleanup, and extra time added to each day for your pleasure. If you come up short, then you’ve enjoyed the earned relaxation and time. If you actually make it all the way – bravo.
3. Plan a frozen dinner night
Most people tend to “save” their frozen meals for when they really need them. Try planning ahead and pick an evening designated for a frozen dinner. Let the knowledge that you have dinner waiting for you, with no work attached, help relieve the stress of the day.
Why We Love National Frozen Food Month
A. Frozen foods are good forever
According to The Food and Drug Administration, frozen foods are safe to eat indefinitely. The FDA says that though the taste value may diminish some, the food will remain safe to eat forever.
B. Frozen foods can be healthy
Fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lean meats and whole grains, maintain their nutrition for long periods of time when frozen. While many people may think “quick and easy” translates to “unhealthy,” frozen foods are like any other meal – read the labels and you will get a healthy and filling meal.
C. Frozen foods save you money
Easy trick: buy seasonal foods at the end of their season, and then freeze them. When their season comes around and prices go up, you already have the best foods at your fingertips at a fraction of the cost.