Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I love cut-up fruit but it is somewhat pricey. I also don't know what is in some of the fruit transported in from other places or what is used to preserve it. So, I started buying more of my own fruit. I find it on sale and buy it in bulk. I also go to the farmer's market when I get a chance. Unfortunately, when purchasing from the store, it is sometimes already moldy on the bottom or inside the same day I purchase it.
So, today I decided to try freezing fruit. I knew it was possible, I just never tried it. Before I started, I just checked my search engine for how to freeze strawberries. Easy. Then I checked lemons and grapes. Then I washed them (I use a natural citrus cleaner but they can be washed with water only). The strawberries and grapes are freezing on trays right now - it takes about 4 hours. I used a natural, zero calorie sweetener instead of the sugar for the strawberries. I also received a box of 400 Glad snack bags for free when I brought some bulk trash bags at a warehouse store so I'll put the snack bags to use by separating the fruit into portion sizes. I saved my cut-up fruit trays over the past months so I'll use these to put the individual bags in to keep them from getting squashed in the freezer for now.
Next I'll try my hand at growing more of my fruits and vegatables. I have a few pineapple plants growing. I had some last year but the plants all froze during the winter. I also have a grape vine loaded with baby grapes that I can freeze when ripened. Hopefully, I'll get to them before the animals or birds get to them.
Oh my, I feel so domesticated! But when I think back, these are things my mother tried to teach me. Grape jam, orange rind preserves, watermelon rind preserves, guava jam, all kinds of home-grown vegetables canned or frozen and fish - right out the river and into freezer bags. After decades or fast food and processed meals, I'm finally getting it!