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We are going to show you how to freeze fruit and enjoy fruit at rock bottom prices. Save money and buy fruit on sale and freeze it!
How to freeze fruit
This may seem like a very simple post, but if you are like me you probably never thought about freezing fruit. Freezing fruit is a nice money saver, because you can enjoy fruit at rock bottom prices later when it isn’t in season anymore.
My favorite way to use frozen fruit is in smoothies. I personally love smoothies and you can make them very inexpensively when you stock up on fruit that their lowest prices.
Can you freeze fresh fruit?
Yes, stock up when fruit goes on sale and freeze it! For example, strawberries have been on sale at Aldi for just $.99 a pound. I stocked up.
However, we were off to head out for our vacation and I knew they would go bad while we were gone.
So… off to the freezer they went. It is a win-win. I save money and my family gets to enjoy delicious fruit.
How to freeze fruit for smoothies?
Wash and pat dry the fruit. I clean the fruit with this homemade fruit and vegetable wash. Cut up fruit as needed (I slice bananas, and cut strawberries in half).
Place fruit on a cookie sheet (I lined my cookie sheet with foil).
Place cookie sheet in the freezer for a few hours.
Remove fruit from cookie sheet and place in a freezer bag and place in freezer.
Now your fruit is ready to use when you need it!
The point of freezing them on the cookie sheet is to make sure they are frozen individually. That way, you do not have to worry about them being all stuck together in the freezer bag. Next time, your fruit is starting too look bad, chop it up and toss it in your freezer.
What fruit can you freeze?
- Watermelon (You can use it to make Watermelon frosties for the kids -YUM!)
- Oranges (You peel and slice them and use in smoothies)
How to use frozen fruit:
- Fruit Smoothies
- Mini Fruit Salads -Take a few out the night before and place in the refrigerator. The next morning, you fruit is thawed and ready for breakfast.
- Watermelon frosties for the kids
- Toppings – You don’t need to buy frozen topping for your pies, cheesecakes, or angel food cake, when you already have yours in the freezer. (I like to blend up the strawberries for on top of my cheesecake. OR mix the blended strawberries with cool whip for angel food cake)
- Cool down oatmeal -You can mix in frozen fruit (like blueberries) in your oatmeal. It will not only make it delicious, but also help cool it down.
- Blueberry Muffins
- Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
- Ice cream topping
Do you know of any other fruit that freezes nicely? I hope that this inspires you to think outside the box on new ways to save money!
Freezing fruit for smoothies is a favorite around here!
Grab some freezer bags and get started freezing fruits and vegetables. We even sneak in some spinach in our smoothies and the kids never notice.
Stock up on fresh fruits when they on sale and freeze them to save money. Fruits can be frozen very easily. Start today!
Money Saving tip:
Buy fruit when it is on sale and in season and freeze it! Make sure you download our free What’s in Season? Calendar of Fruits and Vegetables in Season printable that will show you when you will find produce at its lowest price.
That is the best way to save money next time you are stocking the freezer with fruit.
I have learned over the years that shopping and cooking based on sales really helps our grocery budget. It adds up over time and makes a big difference in our budget.
It helps keep the grocery budget reasonable and feed a large family. By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.
I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! You will be so glad you bought lots of yummy fruit on sale. We love to stock to freeze fruit and enjoy all year!
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Print the instructions for how to freeze fruit below:
How to freeze fruit
- Ripe Fruit
- Wash all the fruit thoroughly and allow it to dry completely.
- Cut and slice the fruit based on how you place to use it. I generally leave small berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) whole and slice larger pieces of fruit (strawberries, peaches, plums, etc).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the fruit in a single layer on top of the parchment paper. It’s ok if the fruit is touching slightly but don’t pile the fruit on the baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 3-4 hours until the fruit is frozen solid. You can leave the fruit in the freezer overnight but definitely remove them within a day so that the fruit does not get freezer burn.
- Place the fruit in a freezer bag, remove as much air a possible, seal tightly and freeze.
- Fruit can be stored in the freezer for 3-6 months. No need to thaw the fruit before using it!
Try these other easy freezing tips:
- how to freeze corn on the cob
- how to freeze cheese to save you money
- How to Freeze Herbs
- download our FREE Freezer cooking guide
- How to Freeze Lemons, Limes and Oranges
- How to freeze garlic bread
- 10 Easy Crock Pot Freezer Meals Ready in an Hour
- How to Freeze Bananas
- How to freeze chopped onions
- Learn how to freeze beans