Freezing Fresh Fruit
Freezing fresh fruit to make frozen fruit smoothies is one way to ensure preparing smoothies is both convenient and economical.
By making good use of your freezer or the freezer compartment in your refrigerator you’ll always have fruit ready to quickly make into healthy smoothies.
When you freeze fruit, the cell structure alters as the fruit turns to ice. As it defrosts, the cells break down and the fruit becomes soft and mushy. While you couldn't eat cut fruit like this, it's great for making smoothies.
As you can easily make smoothies from frozen fruit, or even freeze finished smoothies in individual portions, fruit never goes to waste.
Not only can you save money by freezing fresh fruit that might not get eaten otherwise, you can also buy extra fruit when it’s on special offer and freeze that too.
Soft fruits such as mango, peach, kiwi, even watermelon, melon and pineapple can be frozen to use in fruit smoothie recipes. Although you can simply chop into pieces and freeze, I prefer to blend the fruit into a puree first before freezing. This is especially true if the fruit is getting over-ripe. You can store the ready blended fruit in individual portions to use in your smoothie later in the week, or even the next week.
This means that these fruits can also be bought at their ripest, when you are more likely to find a bargain too. Instead of just preparing and blending enough fruit for one smoothie, or a day's smoothies, blend all of it and freeze in individual portions.
This is a real time saver – even blending a whole mango but just using half one day and freezing the rest for later in the week is a great way to save time and money. When I'm using fresh pineapple, which is time consuming to peel, I usually blend the whole pineapple and freeze what I don't need so I have plenty on standby for another time.
Freeze Your Ready Prepared Smoothies Too!
That's another great thing about them - smoothie can be frozen too. If you’re short of time, make up smoothies the night before, freeze and then let them thaw out in your bag during the day.
Freeze in individual plastic containers, leaving a centimeter or two of space at the top to allow the smoothie to expand as it freezes.
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