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The BEST Frozen Fruit for Smoothies

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I am SO excited about Amy’s new Smoothie Book!  And since warmer weather is coming it made me excited to start making smoothies all of the time.  The key to a great smoothie is using great ingredients.  Having frozen fruit on hand makes it so easy to whip up a smoothie anytime.  You can use fresh fruit, but frozen fruit gives your smoothie that nice icy thick texture.  Smoothies are such a great way to pack in more fruits and veggies during the day.

You can definitely buy bags of frozen fruit, but I like to freeze my own.  Freezing your own fruit really is the BEST.  Then you can enjoy the fresh fruit, and when it is just past that point of peak ripeness, freeze the sweet delicious flavor of it and use it for a smoothie.  Plus you can buy your produce when it is in season at a better price.

The way I freeze my fruit is called Flash Freezing.  Technically flash freezing is a process in which food is very quickly frozen at extremely cold temperatures. Foods are flash frozen so that as many nutrients are retained as possible, and to make sure that the food is as fresh and flavorful as it can be.  But you can do the fake version of flash freezing at home.

To Flash Freeze:

1) Wash and/or peel your fruit/vegetable thoroughly.

2) Place flat on a baking tray.  It’s best if your product isn’t touching, but it isn’t the end of the world if it is.

3) Freeze.

Yes it really is that simple.  Look how perfect it looks after it is frozen.  (Don’t mind the weird squarish-looking strawberry)  I left some of the stems on for when I make a green smoothie.

 

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Then I put it in smoothie size portion bags.  Perfecto.  Ready to rock and roll with the blender.

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For more produce freezing tips and smoothie ideas:

http://blog.superhealthykids.com/2012/03/sweet-and-sour-grape-smoothie/

http://blog.superhealthykids.com/2009/07/cherry-freeze/

 

Seriously who needs those smoothie bag mixes when you can make your own!  Happy Blending!

 

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By Natalie Monson
Posted in Uncategorized , Smoothies

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J&H's Dad

Can I do the “fake” version of flash freezing for any fruits (blackberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple, etc)? Thanks… love this site!

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Colleen Boehm

Love doing frozen fruit for fruit smoothies…also veggies to add into smoothies. Love adding a carrot, a big handful or greens, or some sweet potatoes…nobody even notices! But I do have a storage suggestion. Get some mid-sized ziplock type containers (reusable) and just fill up with your frozen fruit. It is better for the environment that using baggies (unless you wash and reuse them), and you can pull out the containers and make any size smoothie (1 child, 2, the whole family, etc). I just label the containers. If you have multiple containers of the same fruit (like if you go picking in the summer and freeze your bounty) just label with the date to use the oldest first! Enjoy!

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Yes definitely! It works especially well with those fruits because they tend to stick together when you just freeze them all together.
Thanks for the suggestion.

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Kelly

Colleen, I did this last summer when I went pick your own blueberry picking – blueberries are a favorite with my kid. I flash froze them and use them all the time. The ziplock containers held up better than the baggies. The food in the baggies seemed to get more freezer burn, and get lost under other things as people would rummage, the baggie would open and then you would be chasing frozen blueberries around the bottom of the deep freeze – at 5,2 that is no mean feat. The containers were a much safer option. I can’t wait to try this with grapes too!

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This has given me some great ideas-Thanks! I only have a little fridge freezer and I like to make smoothies for my oldest when he is home from school. I don’t have room for much bagged ice, but I will put the bananas in the freezer in the morning ready for the evening! perfect! :)

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born baker

Yes you can freeze any berry this way. I put mangos in a ziploc for freezing (keeps all the yummy juices) and then you can slice off what you need. I’ve never frozen pineapples but I think the “flash freeze” method would work.

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