Are you like me and you buy fruit with every intention of eating it, and end up throwing a portion of it away because you didn’t eat it? Honestly, unless I’m using it for a recipe I’ll do it every. single. time.
I have much more of a salty tooth than I do a sweet tooth, so I’m guilty of neeeeeeeding some strawberries, eating a handful, then not craving them until much much later after they’ve expired and have gone to trash heaven.
For over 30 years I have been wasting fruit, when I could have been freezing it. Well, maybe not over 30 years – my moms was taking care of all that stuff for a good portion of my life, but I’ve definitely spent my adult life being a waster of food, when I didn’t need to be.
It’s so easy to freeze fresh fruit, and not only will you end up not wasting that food you bought, but saving yourself money down the road when you need fruit and can easily thaw it out from your freezer.
So let’s get to the basics – how exactly do you do this? Well fruit is best froze when it’s at it’s peak of freshness, but I think you can get away with a few more days on things like bananas, or specifically fruit that you’re going to throw in a smoothie. In other words, I wouldn’t freeze that mushy strawberry you left in the fridge for 5 extra days, but the banana with a little bruising is okay.
I personally store my fruit in Ziplock bags, but I have friends with vacuum sealer systems and I know they work great (If I had a bigger kitchen, I would absolutely have one of these):
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5 minPrep Time
2 hrCook Time
2 hr, 5 Total Time
- Any fruit you'd like to freeze!
- Slice and dice your fruit any way you'd like (i.e. slice your bananas, halve your strawberries, etc.).
- Place a piece of parchment paper down on a baking sheet, then lie your fruit out, making sure the pieces aren't touching.
- Place the baking sheet in your freezer for 2-3 hours, or until the fruit is froze.
- Remove the baking sheet and place each individually frozen piece of fruit in a ziploc bag (or vac packed bag) and store in the freezer.
- To use, remove and let thaw before eating, or throw the frozen pieces into your blender for a smoothie!