Never pass on a great deal of fresh fruit again! You can freeze fresh fruit in 4 easy steps and keep the fruit fresher for longer!
I can’t tell you how many times over the years I have found an amazing deal on fresh produce and walked right away.
Because I would think to myself, “I’d love to stock up on this but the fruit will go bad before we get a chance to eat all of it.”
Well, that was a few years ago and I’ve vowed to NEVER do that again.
Instead, I freeze the fresh fruit. Sure, I could just buy frozen fruit from the start but I am telling you – freshly frozen fruit you freeze yourself has so much more flavor.
Have you ever heard those TV commercials that say something like “Frozen at the peak of freshness?”
Yeah this is the same thing, you are just doing it on your own and saving a ton of money!
So, I am sharing How to Freeze Fresh Fruit in 4 easy steps! You’ll be a pro at freezing fresh fruit in no time!
How to Freeze Fresh Fruit
What You’ll Need:
- Fresh Fruits
- Paper Towels
- A Cookie Sheet (found these at Dollar Tree)
- Freezer Baggies (again found these at Dollar Tree)
- Cutting Utensils (to cut up the fruit and vegetables with)
Start by washing your fruit thoroughly.
Next, cut and sort your fruit (unless you plan to freeze different types of fruits together).
For example, when I put together my frozen fruit for my Caribbean Passion Smoothie recipe, I put all of the fruit into one bag and label it as such.
You can combine different fruits and vegetables together or sort them individually.
Either way, sort them onto paper towels and allow them to dry for at least an hour prior to freezing.
Once your fruits are dry, it’s time to lay them onto a cookie sheet.
Tip: Make sure to remove the paper towels from underneath since they may stick once frozen. You can first lay down wax or parchment paper.
Spread out your fruits evenly so they are not touching each other. Then place them into your freezer and allow them to freeze for an hour.
Once your fruits have been freezing for an hour (just long enough to where you can see a bit of frost on them) it’s time to take them out.
Simply place your fruits and vegetables into freezer baggies and there you have it!
Fresh Fruits are now frozen for later use and you are preserving the freshness!
Now, I’ve gotten several questions since I posted this, and I wanted to take some time to answer them to the best of my ability below. 🙂
What is the correct way to freeze fruit?
The correct way to freeze fruit is to wash, dry, freeze for 1 hour on a pan, then place into a zipper bag and freeze again until ready for use (basically everything I taught you above).
Can I freeze fruit until I am ready to eat it?
Absolutely and that’s exactly why I shared this information with you here!
Can you freeze any kind of fruit?
Technically yes. However, I’ve found that apples don’t freeze very well and they sort of wilt and turn brown so, I avoid freezing those if I can.
What are the best fruits to freeze?
I am so glad you asked! My favorite kind of fruits to freeze are fresh berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, etc. those are my favorite.
Bananas, oranges and grapes freeze well too!
How long does frozen fruits last?
Frozen Fruits can last 6 – 12 months when stored properly. To keep track of the date you can also write the date you placed your fruits into the freezer right onto the baggies using permanent markers.
Thursday 6th of August 2020
Is there a proper way to defrost the frozen fruit where they don't come out soggy and unappealing? If so, can you make a post about that. We have bought frozen fruits, but when I defrost they look horrible and the kids won't touch them. Thanks
Sunday 27th of May 2018
Thank you for the detail instruction, now I know how to do it better.
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Monday 9th of June 2014
Thank you! We have strawberries and blueberries super cheap here in Fl. I will be doing this!
Monday 9th of June 2014
Cassie you are welcome! I am so glad I could help you out! Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions :)