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Best Ways To Freeze Fresh Fruit For Smoothies

Our evening routine when we return from our walk is to prepare two glasses full of fruit and make fruit smoothies. 

Being that good organic fruit is not always available here, I generally bulk purchase any good quality fruit and freeze it right away.

What I have found with freezing fruit:

Grapes: Remove all stems, wash in cold water and a little white vinegar, rinse and pat dry then place in a zip bag and they freeze amazing.  I even like to eat them right out of the freezer.

Citrus Fruits: Lemons and other citrus freeze perfectly just tossed in a freezer bag and left in their own skins.  Once frozen the skins are much easier to zest.  You can easily cut a slice for a drink even when frozen solid.  When thawed they are very easy to juice, although they are too juicy just to eat straight.  I actually find citrus sweeter after freezing.

Fresh Pineapple: Peel, slice and dice then place in a flat glass freezer dish.  It can be a little difficult to remove a small chunk when frozen but frozen pineapple tastes just as good as fresh.

Berries: All berries freeze well just be sure they are dried after washing.  Freezing berries on a cookie sheet prior to filling your freezer bag works best so you don't end up with huge chunks of berries stuck together.  Berries tend to get a bit soft and tart after thawing but are still perfect for smoothies, baking or making a bit of fresh jam.

Apples & Pears:  You will need to lightly blanch these in order for them to freeze well without turning brown.  Slice the fruit then pop them in a pot of boiling water for about 1 minute, fish them out and dunk them into cold.  Pat dry and you can even dust them with a bit of cinnamon.  Like berries, freeze on a cookie sheet before bagging.  They thaw a bit soft but are still great for baking, in pancakes or smoothies.

Cherries & Plums:  Just as good as grapes.  Simply remove the stems and pits, wash and toss in a bag.  Can be eaten frozen the same as fresh.

Did you know that freezing foods is safe and nutritious?  Next to fresh picked in your garden, it is actually better to freeze fresh foods before they spend to much time in the fridge or on the counter.   Freezing halts foods from spoiling and is a safe way to prevent microorganisms from growing.  Freezing slows the enzyme activity that causes food to spoil.

Freezing is the best way to retain the vitamins and minerals in food.  Cooked, bottled and canned foods are generally treated at high heat which results in more loss of nutrients.  Blanching can cause a little of the vitamins to be lost.  Vegetables and fruits frozen in peak condition can actually be higher in nutrients than fresh fruits which have been laying around for days.

Produce here in NL takes many days, sometimes weeks to be sorted, transported and distributed to stores. During this time, vitamins and minerals are being lost. Its only during defrosting there is a small loss of water-soluble vitamins and minerals in the juice, but if you eat them before defrosting and don't allow the juice to be wasted then they are the closest thing to fresh.

Ok, so for last night's smoothie we had:

3/4 fresh organic pear
1/2 fresh organic apple
8 frozen organic grapes
1 frozen organic cherry
4 frozen organic strawberries
1/2 tsp raw organic honey

1/4 fresh organic pear
1/2 fresh organic apple
8 frozen organic grapes
1 frozen organic cherry
1 fresh organic kiwi
2 frozen organic strawberries
1/2 tsp raw organic honey

Stuff it into the glasses and then top the glass off with good filtered water.  We use water from our Berkey.

Once the glasses are filled we know the exact amount we need to fill our glass with the smoothie.  Then do one glass at a time, just dump it into the blender and blend for 30 seconds on ice setting and your done.  If you immediately rinse your blender it will rinse clean and you won't have to fuss with it later.

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