Issue 01 | May 2013

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guide to

freezing fruit By: Mara Strom

I love the summer – the sunshine, the swimming, the long days and warm nights. Most of all, though, I love the delicious summer produce. My family plants a small garden every year, but even if you’re not a home gardener, you can definitely enjoy the bounty of summer produce from your local grocery store – and usually at fantastic prices. Last summer, for example, we gobbled up strawberries for $.79/ lb; peaches and nectarines for $.19 each; and bumper crops of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes for less than $1/lb. You should, of course, enjoy these treats in your weekly menu – whether in salads, smoothies, desserts or as snack foods. But you can also take advantage of this delicious fruit by freezing it in the summer -- and enjoying it all winter long. Frozen fruit, for example, typically costs two to five times what fresh fruit costs at its peak in the summer. Rather than paying $2/lb for frozen strawberries in December, why not buy them fresh in July for


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Everyone loves delicous summer produce. This simple freeze guide, lets you savor the taste all year through.

Apples Apricots Bananas Blackberries Blueberries Cherries Grapes Mangoes Melons Nectarines Peaches Pears Pineapples Plums Raspberries Strawberries

$.79/lb and freeze your own? Another reason to freeze summer fruit is to prevent waste. If you overzealously purchase five pounds of cherries before your family can eat them all, don’t let them rot and mold in your fridge. Freeze the cherries instead! Freezing fresh produce takes just a few minutes of effort, for which you are rewarded with the most delicious frozen fruit, at bargain prices. Although I haven’t successfully frozen citrus, yet, here are the fruits that I typically freeze in the summer:

There are five basic steps to freezing fruit: Step #1: Wash the fruit thoroughly. Step #2: Dry the fruit gently with a towel. Step #3: Prepare the fruit for the freezer. Apples – peel (optional) and cut into slices, tossing with a splash of lemon juice Apricots – cut in half and remove the pit Bananas – peel browning bananas Blackberries – freeze as is Blueberries – freeze as is Cherries – remove the pit Grapes – freeze as is (my kids love