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.
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. Here is how to successfully freeze fruit:
- Wash and pat dry the fruit
- 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.
Here are a few fruits that I know freeze well:
- Watermelon (You can use it to make Watermelon frosties for the kids -YUM!)
- Oranges (You peel and slice them and use in smoothies)
Ways to use your frozen fruit:
- Fruit Smoothies ofcourse
- 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 – You can even make magaritas for the adults!
- 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.
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!
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