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How to Freeze Fresh Fruit

how to freeze fresh fruit

Frozen fruits and vegetables are convenient, cheap, and healthy.  They’re often what allow me to get a decent meal on the table even when my fridge is looking bare.

I’ve always thought of store-bought frozen produce as eco-friendly, too, because it’s frozen at peak ripeness and sold when many fruits and veggies are out of season.  But increasingly, much of the produce in the frozen aisle of the grocery store is now imported from places like China, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, New Zealand, India, and more.

This spring I got excited after finding organic frozen peaches and raspberries at my local Costco.  I had never seen organic there so I tossed these into my cart and began to dream of smoothies.  When I got home, I saw that although the peaches were grown in the U.S., the raspberries were from Chile.

how to freeze fruit

Bummer.  What’s the point of buying frozen fruit – albeit organic – if it’s imported from thousands of miles away?

Now, I make frozen fruit myself.  It’s easy, and just a little time and effort devoted in-season means you can have perfectly ripe, local produce all year round.

how to freeze fresh fruit

Here’s how to freeze your own fresh fruit.  Use it for smoothies, baking, stews, sauces, dressings, or just thaw and add it to oatmeal or yogurt.

how to freeze fresh fruit

Freezing fruit – as well as some vegetables – also helps you avoid wasting food.  Overripe bananas, squishy strawberries, and extra soft tomatoes can all be turned into something magical later (when you have the time, energy, or need for food!).

how to freeze fresh fruit

Happy freezing 🙂

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1 Comment

  • Teri Roughen
    July 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

    so smart. what a great idea. i never thought to notice where or how far the “organic” fruit comes from. i will be better at noticing that. thanks! Teri

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