The How (AND why) of Freezing Fruit

Learn how to properly freeze fruit for smoothies and drinks!! 

Learn how to properly freeze fruit for smoothies and drinks!! 

So... ever since my ninja blender has come into my life... and subsequent delicious smoothies from my ninja blender, I decided I need to start freezing fruit. Why? 

#1 - Freezing your own fresh fruit is cheaper than buying it in store (especially when you make smoothies as often as I do)!

*Quick tip - Buy the fruit in season and on sale in bulk and then freeze it!

#2 - I can buy the fruit and then wait and freeze the fruit when it is MOST ripe, which means that my smoothies are WAY more delicious! 

#3 - Frozen fruit (especially the berries) are amazing to add to other drinks such as a punch, lemonade, sangria, sparkling water, or even regular water! Did someone say mini ice-cube that tastes awesome when it's melted?

Speaking of ice cubes (ok I might be a little ADD)... I just decided I'm going to do some experimenting and make some ice cubes with fruit in them. They shall be called "fruitice"! The hubs and I drink sparkling water all the time and it would be delicious to pop a couple of those in! Don't worry. I'll make a blog post once I've made them. 


How to Freeze Fruit

Necessary Items:

-Baking Pan

-Wax/Parchment Paper

-Freezer Bags

-Sharpie (I mean... I just thought of this... but you could even do different colors for different fruit. But I'm a little obsessed with making stuff color coordinated haha...) 

-The ability to keep yourself from eating all of the amazingly plump fruit in front of your face and actually freeze some of it. I can't stress this enough guys. It's an important one. 

Instructions: 

1. Wash all of your fruit and then let it air dry. The drying is important so that you don't get freezer burn on your fruit! If it is a fruit with a skin, peel it obviously and remove the pit if it has one. 

2. While your fruit is drying, put one layer of wax/parchment paper on a baking pan. Also, re-arrange your freezer so that you can actually fit a baking pan inside of it. 

3. Cut your fruit into a size that is conducive to what you are going to use it for. Since I put all of my fruit into a blender, I usually cut the bananas into 4 or 5 pieces, mangos into bite size, and leave the berries (other than taking off the stems if they have them).

4. Arrage the fruit on the wax/parchment paper. I try to keep fruit pieces separate so that they don't stick together, but in the case of small berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.), it's completely fine if they are touching. 

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5. Put the baking pan in the freezer for a couple hours, or until all of the fruit is hard (small berries will obviously freeze faster than bananas, etc.).

6. Label all of your freezer bags with a sharpie. I include the date on the freezer bags just so that I know how long the fruit has been in the freezer for. Frozen fruit can last up to about 3-4 months (although I've never made it that long). 

6. Add the fruit to the already labeled bags (way easier than trying to label them once the fruit is in haha) and put them back in the freezer.

7. Make delicious smoothies! 


I pulled some of my already frozen blueberries, strawberries, and mango out of the freezer to show the final product. Makes me hungry for a smoothie!

I pulled some of my already frozen blueberries, strawberries, and mango out of the freezer to show the final product. Makes me hungry for a smoothie!

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Do you use your frozen fruit anything else? I would love to hear of any other ideas! And make sure to check out my "Choco-Chocolate Banana Protein Shake" if you haven't already! BEST post workout smoothie!

Posted on July 25, 2014 and filed under Smoothies Juices Drinks.