Preserve fresh fruit for year-round taste of summer

grapes

Freeze grapes for a delicious and healthy snack that is low in calories, fat free and a wonderful alternative to sweets.

Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 03:32 PM.

The summer fresh fruits are still in season and many of them are here through September. To preserve those wonderful summer fresh tastes of these fruits here are some recipes on how to “put them up.”  I like to freeze some of the fresh fruits like peaches, nectarines, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (hull first and slice large strawberries in half ). These fruits maintain their nutrients when frozen and can be expensive when purchased out of season.

To freeze berries, wash berries and pat dry, spread on baking sheets without touching each other. Store frozen berries in an airtight plastic container or freezer bag for 3-4 months. Sliced bananas can also be frozen and stored in plastic containers or bags.

Select fruit of good quality that are ripe, but firm with rich coloring. Freezing will retain the quality of fruit but not improve it. Freeze fruit as soon as possible, the fresher, the better the taste when thawed. Use Ever-Fresh or Fresh Fruit or lemon juice to retain the color, protect flavor and prevent browning of the fruit.

Freeze grapes for a refreshing snack. They taste great and make a healthy snack, they are low in calories, are fat free and are a wonderful alternative for sweets. Be sure to purchase seedless grapes for freezing – red, black or green grapes may be used. Wash, de-stem, and pat grapes dry with paper towels. Lay grapes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze, place in freezer containers or bags. These grapes can be eaten frozen or thawed for a few minutes. Grapes will replace fresh grape recipes. They retain their intense color and flavor and hold their shape when thawed.

When the winter months are here pull out a bag of frozen fruit and thaw in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or place sealed bag in a bowl of warm water for about 20 minutes. Use in your favorite recipe, fresh or cooked, and enjoy the summer-time flavor. Frozen fruits can be used in smoothies, pies, tarts, sauces (add liqueur or citrus zest and stir in 1-tablespoon of cornstarch with sugar for a thicker sauce), turnovers, and/or salads.

Enjoy



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