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Old 01-07-2007, 05:25 PM   #1
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Question What fruits freeze well and how? (like so I can stock up when in season)

I know bananas can freeze--is it better to just leave them as they are and stick them in the freezer or take them out of the peels and put them in a ziploc? I've heard it both ways--what do you think?

And I know a lot of berries freeze well--I think I read that you are supposed to spread them on a baking sheet, put that in the freezer, and when they are frozen put them in an airtight container. Do you wash them first? I think I read that you don't with blueberries, but what about other berries?

Are there any other fruits that I should try to stock up on when they are in season and freeze to be more economical? Or is it not worth the effort/savings?

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Old 01-07-2007, 05:32 PM   #2
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Good question~
As for the bananas, if you have some nice ripe bananas, but no time for making banana bread, you can peel them and then put them into a freezer storage container (so they don't smoosh) and they'll be just fine when you have more time.

As for the berries - I know we had a discussion a while back on them - let me see if I can find it for you.

Here are a couple for you:
Purchasing Farm Fresh Berries
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:37 PM   #3
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I freeze peaches in the summer. I peel and slice, line a baking sheet with wax paper and lay the slices on the wax paper. Pop the tray into the freezer until frozen and then put into freezer bags - I use for smoothies but you can use for anything.
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:55 PM   #4
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I freeze ripe bananas in their peels.
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Old 01-07-2007, 07:06 PM   #5
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I will "second" Pytnplace's on peaches....We freeze them hear in summer months when local tree ripes are ready...usually just peel and put in freezer boxes...for cobblers etc. Also neat idea about freezing pieces and freezer bagging...I have done that with other items but not peaches..
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Old 01-07-2007, 08:35 PM   #6
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Before my Fig tree fell over I would freeze them on a cookie sheet and then use my Food Saver to pull the air out. They need to be used in a smoothie or eaten while still a little bit frozen . I did wash first and used a paper town to pat dry and then let them air dry.

I do the same for Cherries and strawberries.
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Old 01-07-2007, 09:48 PM   #7
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Pineapple freezes well, and frozen grapes are a good snack. I buy frozen mango from trader joes, it's really good, but I've never tried to freeze fresh mango myself.
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Old 01-08-2007, 08:05 AM   #8
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I freeze blackberries every summer. I just wash them, lightly pat any excess water off with a paper towel, spread them on a cookie sheet, freeze, & then put them in freezer bags. They work great for smoothies, cobblers, pancakes, well just about anything really.
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Old 01-09-2007, 05:35 PM   #9
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Pineapple freezes well, and frozen grapes are a good snack. I buy frozen mango from trader joes, it's really good, but I've never tried to freeze fresh mango myself.
I freeze mango slices each year but they change texture when thawed so they are real only good for cooking with or making sauces etc.
I have tried freezing Kiwi Fruit but that was a total disaster.
Thanks for the Pineapple idea, we get realy cheap ones during their season so I will be doing that in future.
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Old 01-11-2007, 10:22 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the tips! :) :)

I had forgotten about grapes--I used to do that for a snack a long time ago...maybe my young sons would eat those?

And I'm definitely going to start freezing berries when I get them in season--I think those will be better than the bags of frozen ones I've been buying. I hadn't thought about pineapple! Or mango--but I've never used that very much (yet). The peaches sound like a great idea, too--would that work for nectarines, too, I wonder?

I'm not even sure if I can find fresh figs around here anywhere (at a reasonable price, anyway)--too bad your tree fell over, Dove! You had it good while it lasted! I've always used dried figs.

Anyone know about citrus fruits? Like could I zest lemons, limes, oranges, whatever, before using the fruit, and then freeze it to have on hand when needed? I often use a citrus fruit for juice or for the kids' snacks (though so far they still aren't too keen on them), but it would be great to be able to zest them first so as not to waste it--I don't always have an immediate need for the zest.
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