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Frozen vs. Canned Artichoke Hearts

Fine Cooking Issue 73

We were curious to know how frozen artichoke hearts compare to their canned brethren, so we held an informal tasting. We heated two brands of frozen artichoke hearts—Birds Eye and Trader Joe’s—according to package direction and cooled them to room temperature before sampling them along with two canned brands: Fanci Food and Trader Joe’s.

What we discovered is that canned and frozen artichokes have rather little in common. They may start out as the same vegetable, but during the packaging process, canned and frozen artichokes become different ingredients, suited to different culinary uses.

Canned

Taste: Toothsome texture and a bright flavor with an undeniably tangy edge.

Use in: Salads, antipasti, or any dish where a briny kick would be welcome.

Frozen

Taste: Look and taste more like fresh, steamed artichokes. They have a natural flavor and soft texture.

Use in: Pastas, vegetable sautés and slow-cooked dishes like stews, casseroles, and gratins.

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