June 29, 2017
I look forward to summer for a variety of reasons. Warm weather, longer days, less traffic and fresh fruit. Summer gives us tons of fresh fruits and vegetables at a great price. I try to eat as much seasonal fruit as I can during the summer months. I also freeze them at the peak of ripeness and enjoy for months to come.
1. First prepare them just as you would if you were going to use them immediately — peel and core apples, pears and peaches, remove the pits and seeds. Chop larger fruit into small bite-sized pieces. Berries and other small fruits can be left whole.
2. Freeze fruits and vegetables on a sheet pan or cookie tray. Be sure they are spread out so not to freeze together in a clump.
3. Store in heavy-weight, air-tight containers or freezer bags.
4. Fill containers to the top and remove as much air as possible from freezer bags.
Frozen fruits are great for smoothies. Using frozen fruit is substitute for ice, which will thicken you drink without watering it down. People ask me what to put in the drink. My advice is to use products that you like. One of my favorites is organic apple juice, frozen blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Blend for 45 seconds or until smooth. It’s fresh and sweet and satisfies my need for ice cream and popsicles, some of my favorite warm weather treats. You can also add protein powder for a post workout drink or alcohol for happy hour. Enjoy!
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