Why I Freeze Fresh Fruit Instead of Buying It Frozen

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Adding frozen fruit to smoothies is nothing short of amazing. And, pretty much mandatory in my book. It’s a great way to add flavor and sweetness, and best of all, I love the icy, refreshing consistency it brings to my drink.

There’s no question that buying frozen fruit is easy and convenient, but it also gets a little pricey...especially if you drink smoothies as often as I do!

While it takes a little time and some prep work, consider freezing fresh fruit instead. Not only are you getting more for your money, but the fresh summer fruit that’s coming into season is likely to pack more flavor than what you’re buying the freezer section.

The best way to freeze fresh fruit: How to Freeze Fresh Summer Fruit

You'll notice that some types of fruit offer better savings than others. And there are some that may offer no savings at all. I like to stick with buying and freezing fresh mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and nectarines.

The keys to getting the most for your money

  • Buy fresh fruit when it's in season: Not only does fruit taste better when it's in the prime of its season, but it's also less expensive.
  • Stock up when it's on sale: During the summer months, it's common for my local fruit vendor to offer a quart of strawberries or a pint of blueberries for only $1, and occasionally two mangoes for $1. These are the times I stock up on a ton of produce.

Do you freeze fresh fruit for your smoothies?

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