Freezing fruit is a lot easier than you might think. Keep reading to see which fruits can be frozen, how to freeze fruit without it sticking together, and how to store your frozen fruit!
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I’m a huge fan of frozen fruit. It’s good for smoothies, baking, and even general snacking! And the best part is that you can prevent food waste by freezing the fruit you have that’s about to go bad.
My favorite use for frozen fruit? Snacking.
Frozen fruit is my go-to treat now that I eat a mostly whole food, plant-based diet. Since I’ve always enjoyed frozen treats like popsicles and ice cream, frozen fruit is how I get my fix.
In fact, I usually end my day with a bowl (or two!) of frozen fruit while I watch Netflix.
Here is a list of the frozen fruit I have in my freezer right now:
- 2 big bags of cantaloupe
- 2 big bags of watermelon
- 1 big bag of frozen banana chunks
- 1 big bag of frozen pineapple chunks and grapes
- 1 small bag of strawberries
- 1 small bag of blueberries
I’m pretty sure I have a slight frozen fruit obsession! Especially since I fully plan to have the cantaloupe and watermelon polished off in the next week.
But really, frozen fruit comes in handy for so many things. If nothing else, just think of the money you could save by buying on-sale fruit in bulk and freezing some of it for later.
Sounds nice, huh?
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So let me show you how to freeze fruit so you can save money, prevent food waste, and have a healthy frozen snack waiting for you in the freezer.
Best fruits for freezing
You can freeze all sorts of fruit. I certainly do!
Here are some good ones to try:
Worst fruits for freezing
I’ve never had a bad experience freezing fruit, so I don’t think there are any fruits you should avoid freezing.
How to freeze fruit so it doesn’t stick together
You definitely don’t want your frozen fruit to end up in one big solid block, so here’s the best way to freeze fruit without it sticking together.
- Prepare your fruit by washing and drying it thoroughly.
- If you plan to cut your fruit, you can do that now. Peel away any thick skins or rinds, and then cut your fruit into chunks or slices.
- Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper if you like. I typically don’t use parchment paper, but I hear it keeps your fruit from sticking to the baking sheet. Personally, I don’t mind popping the fruit off of the baking sheet.
- Spread your fruit in a single layer on the baking sheet, making sure to keep some space between the fruit pieces.
- Place the baking sheet flat in the freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the frozen fruit to a freezer-safe bag. Try to get as much air out of the bag as you can before you seal it.
- Now you can store your fruit in the freezer for up to a year!
Tips for freezing specific fruits
Here are some general guidelines for preparing the fruits I listed earlier so they’re ready to freeze.
Peel bananas first. You can leave them whole or cut them into chunks.
Cut melons such as cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew into bite-sized chunks.
Cut away the tough skin and core the pineapple before you cut it into chunks.
Here’s a video that shows you an easy way to cut a pineapple:
Leave grapes whole.
Peel the mango and cut the flesh away from the pit before you cut it into smaller chunks.
Here’s a helpful video that shows you how to cut a mango:
Leave berries such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries whole. You can slice strawberries if you like.
Remove the pits before you freeze cherries.
Remove the pits and cut plums into slices or chunks.
Core apples and cut them into chunks or slices. If you want to preserve the color, you can fill a bowl with about 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt and soak your apple pieces for a minute. Be sure to drain and pat them dry before you put them on the baking sheet.
Remove the pits and cut peaches into slices.
Peel the kiwi and cut into slices or chunks.
Core pears and cut them into chunks or slices. If you want to preserve the color, you can fill a bowl with about 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt and soak your pear pieces for a minute. Be sure to drain and pat them dry before you put them on the baking sheet.
Peel oranges and pull apart the segments before freezing.
Frequently Asked Questions
These tips should answer any questions you may have about freezing fruit.
How long does frozen fruit last in the freezer?
Frozen fruit will last about a year in the freezer. That is if you don’t eat it all before then!
Can you freeze melon?
Yep! As long as you freeze melon chunks in a single layer first, you’re good to go. I regularly freeze cantaloupe and watermelon without any issues.
Can you cut up fresh fruit and freeze it?
Yes! Feel free to cut whole fruits into smaller pieces before you freeze it. But remember that once the fruit is cut, the wet sides will stick together if you dump them all in a freezer bag. You’ll want to freeze your cut fruit in a single layer first before you transfer it to a freezer-safe bag.
What fruit can be frozen for smoothies?
I like to freeze bananas, pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, mango, and peaches for smoothies. Those are usually my go-to fruits for smoothies, but I’ll freeze pretty much any fruit for general snacking!
What kind of texture does thawed fruit have?
Fruit that is frozen and then thawed does have a different texture than fresh fruit. It’s usually softer and wetter. Berries can even look a bit deflated when they’re fully thawed.
If you plan to serve thawed fruit with a dessert or meal, it’s best to serve the fruit while it’s still slightly frozen so it doesn’t look or feel as soft.
What can I use frozen fruit for?
You can use frozen fruit for smoothies, baking, canning, cooking, and general snacking. Frozen fruit is best in those instances where it doesn’t matter what texture the fruit has.
For example, fruit in smoothies is going to be blended anyway, so the texture really doesn’t matter. Likewise, in baking, the fruit will get soft anyway, so it’s perfectly fine to use frozen fruit.
Final Thoughts on Freezing Fruit
So now you know how to freeze fruit! It really is simple when you know what to do. Just wash and dry your fruit, cut it how you like, spread it out in a single layer on a baking sheet, freeze for a few hours, and then transfer to a freezer-safe bag for storage. Easy peasy, right?
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What about you? Do you have any tips for freezing fruit? Let me know in the comments!
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