Monday, August 5, 2013

Flash Freeze Fruit For Smoothies

Because frozen fruit at the grocery store is priced OUTRAGEOUSLY, we are busy flash freezing berries and cherries around here. I have a daughter who loves to make herself fruit smoothies. So in preparation for school starting we are buying up seasonal fruit (when it is at its best price) and flash freezing it for smoothies. Flash freezing fruit keeps it from turning into a big giant mushy mess in the freezer. Cherry season is almost over around here so we are buying cherries while they are only $2.50 a pound.

How to flash freeze.

Rinse fruit and pit or chop if necessary. Peaches are good peeled and sliced or chopped into chunks. We use a cherry pitter that removes pits from 4 cherries at a time. I found it in the kitchen section of Ace Hardware.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place fruit on lined cookie sheet in a single layer. Place in freezer for a 2 or 3 hours. Remove from freezer and place in freezer bags. Keeps for several months.

Smoothies and berry tarts here we come.

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