How to Freeze Fruit

April 12, 2012

A great way to save money is to buy items when they are in season and freezing them for a later date. I am a huge fan of fruit but it can really make the grocery bill add up fast. But there are times when fruit is on a really great sale and that’s when I stock up and freeze some.

While frozen fruit is no where near the same as fresh fruit, it can still make some delicious things, such as smoothies. My kids love them and I like that they are getting another portion of fruit for the day. I also love to add frozen fruit to oatmeal as it adds a little extra goodness to it.

I’ve found that fruit tends to freeze best when you “flash freeze” it first. While it will never hold quite the same form as fresh fruit, it’s usually your best bet to preserve the taste and help keep them from clumping together. When I flash freeze them, I can usually just pull out a few that I need later.

Flash freezing simply means taking the fruit and putting it on something, such as a clean cookie sheet, and letting it chill for awhile. Once it’s frozen solid, that’s when I add it to a Ziploc bag. Here are a few that I’ve tried it with:


We picked these blueberries this last summer. Had a fun outing and blueberries to enjoy most of the winter! Enjoyed them on pancakes/waffles, oatmeal, cereal, etc.


Pineapple – A whole pineapple always seems like too much for us to eat. So I cut up some of them into chunks, flash freeze them and use them in smoothies.


Strawberries – The cut-up pieces are what I took off some strawberries that were starting to get mushy. These work perfect in oatmeal, cereal, pancakes/waffles etc. The others, I just cored and will use those in smoothies. I just set the cookie sheet on top of the other stuff in my deep freezer and threw them in a Ziploc bag when they were solid.


Bananas – These are the over-ripe ones that I shared earlier. They stayed true to color and form for a few weeks. They did turn a smidge discolored after that.  Had I been thinking, I would have mashed them first, as I knew I was going to use them in banana bread. You could also cut them into chunks and flash freeze them for smoothies.

It’s very easy to freeze excess fruit or fruit you find on a great sale. You might even talk to the produce manager at your store to see when they discount slightly bruised fruit for extra savings.

What fruit have you tried to freeze? What ways have you found to use the fruit later?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara Broers April 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

This looks like a great way to preserve fruit that you don’t think you will get eaten in time. I froze apples last Fall for apple crisp, worked great!

2 coupongeek April 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Hi Sara,

Yes, that’s what I use for quite often. Sometimes I can get a cheaper price on bulk fruit (like at Costco) and then I just freeze some. Gives me an excuse to indulge in smoothies sometimes. :)

I haven’t tried freezing apples yet. On my list to do this year.

Blessings,
Jaycie

3 Meg April 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I’m always thinking ahead to parties…cookouts..whatever. So when I find fruit at a terrific price I stock up and freeze it! Every little bit of savings adds up fast. LOVE your posts on food!

4 Heidi June 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

My 2 kids and I love lots of fresh fruits frozen. I also love the fact that it doesn’t go to waste and it’s healthier then sugar loaded snacks. Fresh fruits such as grapes, watermelon, and cantaloupe that can be eaten frozen in the summer (great way to help beat the heat, we live in Arizona!! lol) I come home from shopping and get busy chopping, washing and packing the fruit to go right into the freezer. It makes for nice snacks when one wants one thing and the other wants something else.

5 coupongeek June 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I love frozen fruit as snacks! I need to get into a better habit of freezing things as soon as I get home. I used to allow extra time when I planned trips for chopping veggies and fruits and I’ve gotten out of the habit.

Great tips, Heidi! Thank you for taking time to share!

Jaycie

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