We love the taste and nutritional value of eating fresh fruits, but sometimes they spoil faster than we are able to eat them. Proper storage after purchasing fruit, and freezing some before it spoils, can help you save money and continue to make healthy choices in the long run.
Did you know that you can store frozen fruit for 6-12 months?
Contrary to popular belief, freezing your fruit does not eliminate any nutritional value. While visiting Pamela Salza's Blog we were able to not only learn the below information, but this wonderful fact. " Freezing fruit does not affect its nutritional profile nor its enzymes. In fact, if freezing fruit immediately after harvest, the nutritional content is likely higher than fresh fruit that has been off the vine for a few days." So freeze away!
What fruit can I freeze?
- Fruit purees
How should I freeze fruit?
Make sure to wash and dry all fruit - You can do this by laying it out on paper towels or a kitchen towel after properly rinsing.
Make sure to remove all peels you would not eat before freezing - it will not be possible after they are frozen (banana, mango, papaya and pineapple)
Remove stems from strawberries, cores from pears, and pits from stone fruits and mango
Cut fruit into chunks or slices so that it is easier on your blender.
Lay fruit out on parchment paper on a surface that will fit in your freezer. Make sure fruit is not touching.
Freeze until completely firm and solid, then transfer to a ziploc freezer bag.
When you get a taste for your frozen fruit. You can enjoy them as-is for an icy treat on a hot summer day. Or, you can thaw them out and enjoy!