Freezing your fruit in the summer is a great way to ensure access to local summer fruit later on in the fall and winter seasons. By freezing fruit, you can reduce waste, save money, and continue enjoying local & delicious produce!
Which fruit to freeze?
Essentially, you name it, you can freeze it!
The great thing about freezing fruit is that just about any fruit freezes well! Be it berries, cherries, peaches, or tomatoes, these fruit can be used in many different ways once frozen and stay good for a long time. Frozen fruit can be used in baking, smoothies, sauces, jams, and much more!
How to Freeze Fruit?
While freezing fruit can be as simple as putting fruit in a container and into a freezer, there are some steps to ensure the best results:
Freeze fruit when it's ripe
Use freezer bags that seal tightly - Any amount of fruit can be frozen, just choose an appropriately sized bag for the amount of fruit you’re freezing!
Remove as much air as possible before placing bags of fruit in the freezer. Air is your fruit’s worst enemy as it can lead to the formation of ice crystals that’ll leave you with subpar thawed fruit!
Label bags of fruit with the freeze date so you know how long they've been in the freezer!
It is helpful to prep your fruit before freezing it to make for easier use later on.
Wash and dry your fruit thoroughly.
Prep fruit by cutting into smaller pieces (breaking up frozen fruit can be extremely challenging!)
Freeze fruit flat for a couple of hours before freezing all together (this helps to stop the fruit from sticking together)