How to Freeze Summer Fruit to Guarantee Freshness!

  1. Begin by thoroughly cleaning and drying fruit. Wash in cold running water. Place fruit in a single layer on a fresh dish towel to allow dryness. Fruit will need to be completely dry before the freezing process begins, or fruit may develop freezer burn. 
  2. The next step depends on how you expect your fruit when you are using it. Example: sliced, diced or in wedges. If you are using the fruit for smoothies then you will want to aim for a rough chop or wedges. Below are some common examples to guide you per fruit. 

-Cherries: remove stems, pits, leave whole or slice in halves.

-Plums, peaches, nectarines: remove pits and cut into chunks.

-Raspberries, blueberries: these can be left whole

-Melons: slice into chunks and remove rinds. You can also scoop rounds from the melon. 

-Pears, apples: core and cut into slices. 

  1. Once fruit is sliced, diced and wedged to perfection line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Create a single layer of fruit on tray. Avoid layering fruit where it is touching. This will allow fruit to freeze individually instead of all together. 
  2. After fruit is arranged on baking tray, freeze fruit until they are solid, about 4-5 hours. Make sure to remove after that time to prevent freezer burn
  3. Once frozen, create and label freezer bags/containers. Begin with the name and amount of fruit being stored in that bag. Seal bags and containers tightly and return to freezer. Fruit should last about 3 months.

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