Freezing produce is an easy way to make your groceries (and budget) go further and here we will share 5 tips to make produce last longer. So, when you see a great sale on berries or broccoli you should buy because buying and freezing can give you delicious produce no matter what time of year without having to follow Mother Nature’s schedule.
You always want to eat a rainbow of colors from the produce section so take advantage of the sales when you can!
Freezing should happen at the peak of freshness in order to guarantee the highest quality and best flavor after thawing.
Remove as much oxygen from the container as possible when storing your frozen goods.
Label your frozen foods. Don’t forget to include the date, type of food, number of servings and any additional identifying information.
When freezing delicate, high-moisture fruits, try completely freezing them in a single layer before moving them to an airtight container.
Before heading to the freezer, blanch veggies quickly in boiling water, followed by a dip in an ice bath.
Try this recipe which is made by blending frozen bananas and other fruits and flavorings into a smooth soft-serve ice cream consistency. Make it different every time by changing up your fruits and flavorings. Flavored stevia is a great way to change up the taste.
Mixed Berry Nice Cream
- Blender or Food Processor
- 2 medium frozen bananas broken into 2" lengths
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries of your choice
- 1-2 Tbsp pure maple syrup optional
- In a food processor combine bananas and berries. Cover and process until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides as needed during processing. Taste and add maple syrup or stevia if needed for sweetness.
- Serve immediately for soft serve. For a firmer ice cream, transfer the mixture to an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze 1-2 hours.
- Top with additional fresh or frozen fruit if desired.
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