Freezing Fresh Fruit

You can freeze fresh fruit for all kinds of uses, from pies to jams, and they last for quite awhile in your freezer. When you freeze fresh fruit, follow these steps:

  1. Choose only perfect fruit, free of bruises and not overly ripe.

    And freeze the fruit right after you bring it home.

  2. Work with small, manageable quantities.

    Don’t exceed about 2 to 3 quarts.

  3. Wash your fruit before packing it for freezing.

    Rinse it in the sink under running water.

  4. Prepare your fruit for freezing based on how you plan to use it.

    You can add sugar, pack it in syrup, or freeze it without adding anything to it.

  5. If called for in your recipe, add an antioxidant.

    An antioxidant is an anti-darkening agent that keeps your fruit from discoloring.

  6. Fill your container.

    Allow the proper headspace, which usually falls somewhere between 1/2 inch and 1 inch.

  7. Label the package and put it in the freezer.

    Let your freezer do the rest!

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