How to Freeze Fruit

by Marcy on August 5, 2013 · 0 comments

how to freeze fruit

How to Freeze Fruit

Yesterday we talked about freezing vegetables, and today we are going to talk about freezing fruit! Many fruits are in season around the end of summer and early fall so it’s time to stock up and fill your freezer with the freshest, most inexpensive produce you will get all year! When you take advantage of all those great deals on produce, remember these tips for freezing different kinds of fruit so that none of your produce spoils before you get a chance to use it.

  • Strawberries – Pluck stems and any leaves from the top. You can slice these in half or quarters or freeze whole. Freeze in zippered freezer bags. These will last up to 5 months if properly stored before they will begin collecting ice.
  • Apples and Pears – These should be peeled and diced or sliced into pieces before freezing. (I highly recommend an Apple Peeler/Corer like this one). Make sure to add a little lemon juice to the zippered freezer bag before placing in the freezer so they don’t turn brown. Apples and pears will last up to 3 months in the freezer and are best used for pies and baked dishes when un-thawed.
  • Berries – Blackberries, cherries, blueberries, and raspberries can all be frozen whole. Simply wash and remove any leaves or stems and place in a zippered freezer bag. Make sure to dry the berries very well before you put them in the bag or they will collect ice and frost while in the freezer. These will last in the freezer for about 6 months. (Tip: If you have time, freeze these on a baking sheet first and then place them in a freezer bag – this will keep them from freezing into one big clump).
  • Peaches or Nectarines – These should be peeled and sliced in halves or quarters before freezing in a zippered freezer bag. To peel these easily, just place them in a bowl of bowling water for a few minutes and then immerse them in ice water. The peels should come off quickly and easily.

It’s easy to freeze fruit and it will save you quite a bit of money in the long run if you do it now instead of buying expensive fruits in the winter when they are not in season. Check out these Freezer Tips for the Frugal Shopper for more practical tips on stretching your grocery budget by making good use of your freezer.

View my Freezer and Bulk Cooking Pinterest Board HERE.

What are your favorite fruits to freeze?

TIP: Picking your own fruit tends to be the cheapest – and I actually find it fun. We pick strawberries, raspberries and apples every year. Search for pick your own farms close to you on google or ask around. I love following farms local to us on Facebook so that I’m aware of picking hours and availability. For those of you in Central Ohio, my favorite farms for pick your own produce are CherryHawk Farm Apple Orchard, Mitchell’s Berries and Jacquemin Farms.  

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