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Don’t Let Your Fruit Go To Waste: How to Freeze Fruit Properly

Do you ever catch yourself saying, “I hate buying fresh fruit because it always goes bad before I can use it all?”

Well, you won’t have to worry about that any more with your fruit! Last summer I was on a mission to waste not a single bit of seasonally ripened fruit that came into my home and now I’m going to share with you exactly how to do it!

How to Freeze Berries

I absolutely refuse to waste any berries because they are expensive and their shelf life can be shorter than I need it to be. When berries are super-duper ripe and just about ready to get moldy, I’ll remove any stems and such (including any soft or bad spots), rinse them well and then freeze them on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Once frozen, place them in a freezer Ziplock bag. They’ll stay just fine for up to six months!

One tip regarding fresh mulberries—when I rinsed my first batch, a bunch of tiny whitish worm-ish things came out from between the sections of the berries. I found from doing some internet research that this was typical with this type of berry and that you had to rinse them very well, multiple times until you no longer saw any of these little guys moving about. Then you can freeze them as I described above.

Use them in smoothies with your favorite milk, baked desserts or anything else that you’d need berries in. They’re just awesome!

How to Freeze Bananas

I don’t generally buy bananas very often. Sometimes my husband likes to have them around, but he’ll let some over-ripen to the point that he’ll no longer eat them. Instead of throwing them away, I’ll peel them, put them into a freezer bag and pop the bag into the freezer. These bananas will freeze perfectly and stay fine for a few months.

You’ll certainly find that these bananas are ready-to-go and perfect for smoothies (be mindful of how much you use as they are rather high in sugar) or for making ‘ice cream’ in your food processor.

How to Freeze Peaches, Pears and other Fruit

Wash fruit and cut it with a knife into your desired sizes. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and place fruit pieces so that they are not touching each other. Place your sheet into the freezer until the fruit is frozen and then move fruit to a freezer bag. Just like you would do with the berries!

Easy, right???

Do you have any other tips that you use to save your fruit that you can share?

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Jennifer Fugo is a Philadelphia-based yoga teacher, health coach, and founder of Gluten Free School, an online classroom dedicated to healthy gluten-free living. Named a “Gluten Free Guru” by Philadelphia Magazine, Jen's spent the last 4 years vibrantly living gluten-free while coaching clients to do the same. For recipes, articles, events and yoga classes with Jen, visit her at http://www.glutenfreeschool.com and http://www.jenniferfugo.com.

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