I’ve grown up with Green Giant. I remember watching the commercials as a kid – (in a singing voice) “Ho, ho, ho. Green Giant!” What I didn’t know was that in addition to bringing delicious frozen vegetables to homes for the past 50 years, Green Giant has also been committed to a “green” program called Valley Stewardship. Valley Stewardship is Green Giant’s effort to use less land, less water, less pesticides, and less packaging to minimize their footprint on their products. So far Green Giant has been successful in:
Reducing the amount of land and water needed to grow vegetables Packing vegetables in smaller, lighter cans, so it takes less fuel to deliver them to supermarket shelves Utilizing traditional seed breeding methods over the last 35 years to double the amount of sweet corn grown on an acre of land Teaming up with growers to install a more efficient irrigation system that can reduce water use by more than a million gallons a year; Switching to more earth-friendly paperboard to package frozen vegetables, saving approximately 54,000 trees annually in the process.
This year, in honor of the40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd, and to support 50 more years of Valley Stewardship, Green Giant is forking over $200,000 to The Nature Conservancy to encourage green farming practices, such as the repair and protection of the Root River in Green Giant’s home state of Minnesota. Many of their frozen vegetables celebrate Green Giant’s 50 years of being green, such as this box of Niblets Corn & Butter Sauce which we picked up.
By the way, I love corn. It’s right up there next to carrots in terms of my favorite vegetables. Did you know that frozen corn makes an awesome snack on a hot day? Yup, the perfectly frozen kernels are great for popping in your mouth. Getting back, though, here’s a shot of the Green Giant Niblets Corn & Butter Sauce. You can see a giant glob of the butter sauce in the corn that has been sealed with the rest of the individually frozen kernels of corn. You can tell that they are individually frozen because it isn’t one giant block of corn, the kernels actually move around a little inside the bag.
To cook the Green Giant Niblets Corn & Butter Sauce, simply cut a slip in the middle of the bag. Then cook in the microwave for 2 minutes, rotate, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. If you have turntable in your microwave, then obviously you can skip the rotation step and just nuke for 4 minutes straight. Here’s how the corn looks after cooking – doesn’t it look delicious? You may need to stir the corn around a bit to make sure the sauce gets distributed evenly through the dish.
Now’s the time for my guilty admission. Technically, this box of Green Giant Niblets Corn & Butter Sauce is supposed to have ~2.5 servings of 2/3 cup. I started eating this while watching American Idol and I ate the whole container by myself. I just could not stop, it was so good. Fortunately, since each serving is only 90 calories and also provides 3g of Dietary Fiber, I don’t have to feel too guilty about hoarding all of the corn to myself. Sorry fellow testers – you snooze you lose! The corn was just the right texture, firm and not mush and was very sweet! The butter sauce was delicious and made it taste like I was eating corn on the cob without the cob.
Lots of companies say that they’re “green” but it really says a lot when they put their money where their mouth is. Through they Valley Stewardship program and their donation to The Nature Conservancy, Green Giant is demonstrating how green they really are. To learn more about Green Giant and their products, you can visit www.greengiant.com. To find about their sustainability efforts or to make a donation to The Nature Conservancy, please visit http://www.GreenGiant.com/sustainability.
Finally, for all of you fellow 80’s babies, here’s a Green Giant blast from the past:
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