Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beat the Heat with Frozen Fruit!

Homemade Popsicles. How did I just discover them this summer??! It takes all of 5 to 10 minutes (ten if you make a mess or are an OCD pourer like me) minutes to blend fruit combinations and pour into popsicle molds. The molds are dishwasher safe, BPA free, and make the most refreshing, healthy treat. I recommend Tovolo grooved popsicle molds (on Amazon for ~$13). The popsicles slide right out after some warm water runs over frozen popsicle. Plus, there's a drip guard for messy adults and kids alike. ;) They really are pretty fantastic and you can get creative with the combinations. Let me know if you need suggestions. Now...

If you don't want to shell out the money for another kitchen gadget you don't think you'll use, I completely understand and I would encourage you to simply freeze fruit. Frozen fruit is fabulously divine and a great replacement for sugary popsicles that provide no nutritional value. The sweetness is au natural with the produce at it's peak. Here are a few of my tips when freezing fruit:

1. Freeze fruit at it's peak. If you're not sure what's in season, it's a good bet whatever is on sale at your grocer is a good option. In general, summer lends itself well to berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries), melons (cantelope, honeydew, watermelon), peaches/nectarines, and grapes.
2. Don't freeze too much at one time. You know, to the point things start getting burried and if it's out of sight, it's out of mind so you don't use it. ;)
3. Some fruits are best freezing whole (grapes, berries). Others such as melons, peaches/nectarines, mangoes, oranges, etc you'll want to cut into wedges or cubes. Remember to peel bananas first for ease later! Apples and pears will also freeze but need a little acid to prevent browning.
3. Wash fruit before freezing - only exception here is blueberries.
4. If you don't want everything to be in 1 frozen blob, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and align fruit on top - freeze 1-2 hours until solid and then place in gallon size freezer bags or freezer proof containers.
5. Speaking of containers, remove as much air as possible to keep the fruit lasting longer.
6. If the summer just isn't enough time for you to eat the frozen fruits, they will keep 9-12 months. So when in doubt, freeze.

Any questions about fruits that freeze or don't freeze well? Or what to do with them aside from smoothies? Feel free to comment below or e-mail me at: morgan@livepoweredbyplants.com

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