Freezing your summer fruits!

Living on the northern east coast, I am a big fan of freezing fruits like nectarines, strawberries, and raspberries in the summer. It’s so easy to do and you get to enjoy these fruits in smoothies and pies in the fall and winter. While I don’t eat them every day during the fall or winter, it’s nice to mix things up!

 

So here’s how to do it!

 

1. Purchase a large amount of fruit from a local farm. Shown below is 1/2 a bushel of high-quality nectarines (25 lbs) that I purchased from a local farm for $33.

 

one-half-bushel-of-nectarines

 

2. Then I let the nectarines ripen a bit more for 1 week. When they were ripe, I washed the nectarines in one gallon of water and 1/4 cup of vinegar.

 

washing-nectarines

 

3. Next, I cut the nectarines in half and removed the pits. I find that it’s easier to break frozen nectarines a part when they are in big chucks like this.

 

cut-up-nectarines

 

4. Place the cut nectarines in a freezer-ready plastic bag. Try not to overfill the bags.

 

nectarines-in-plastic-bag

 

5. Lastly, lay the bags down flat in your freezer and FREEZE.

 

nectarines-in-freezer

 

Enjoy the nectarines in a variety of recipes like this easy parfait, made with nectarine cream (i.e. 3 nectarines blended with 3/4 cup of soaked cashews and blended until smooth), raspberries mixed with honey or coconut nectar, and a simple raw vegan crust.

 

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Enjoy!

-Brandi

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