Knowing how to properly freeze fresh fruit comes in handy when growing your own fruit. We have an abundance of pineapple growing right now and no matter how much I love pineapple, I typically end up freezing some of it. Knowing how to freeze fresh fruit also comes in handy during berry season when the berries are on sale at the grocery store or farmer’s market. You can buy more than you typically would and freeze them for later use.
This method works well for any fruit. Another fruit I often use this method for is bananas. We grow bananas as well and when a tree produces, that means you can have upwards of 30 bananas at one time. I like having frozen bananas on hand to add to my smoothies. Aside from adding sweetness, it also gives the smoothie a creamy texture.
Using the method outlined below, you can easily freeze any fresh fruit for use at a later time. What’s your favorite use of frozen fruit?
- Fresh fruit of choice
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- If your fruit requires washing, rinse with water and dry thoroughly.
- If your fruit requires cutting, cut into desired size.
- Place fruit on the parchment lined baking sheet making sure that the fruit pieces do not touch. This is key.
- Place the baking sheet lined with fruit in your freezer. Allow to freeze overnight.
- Once fruit is completely frozen, transfer to a ziplock bag or food storage container. Store in the freezer until ready to use.