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4/18/14 10:34 P

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Having run out of my own frozen fruit I bought the frozen mix from Costco and really like it after dinner still slightly frozen. When I freeze my own I take them from the cookie sheet and put them into ziplock bags I close the bag most of the way and then use a straw to suck out any air. They keep longer in the freezer.

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4/16/14 4:33 P

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What a wonderful thread! Thanks to all who contributed. Now that I am eating healthy, I'll dust off my Vitamix and try some of these ideas. You guys rock for sharing.

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4/16/14 8:56 A

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I never knew you could freeze avocado. thanks I wish I had of known that I came into a lot of them but gave most of them away. emoticon

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4/3/13 12:09 P

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I wish we would quit eating so late so I could have one at night, I have been trying to get some yogurt in though and that has been nice.

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4/2/13 3:46 P

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Thanks guys for some good suggestions! I am trying to find the right morning smoothie to help get in some more veggies & fruits and try emoticon to cut back on my coffee/caffeine.

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4/2/13 2:42 P

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Thank you, CMW405, for your information. I will thaw a piece of avocado to see how it comes out.

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4/2/13 1:20 P

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Hi CRAFTSFAN1,

I had my salsa with lunch today. I enjoy pairing it with raw cauliflower. The salsa usually gives the plain old cauliflower a nice little kick. I have a food saver and used that to pull the air out of one of the freezer safe jelly size ball jars in order to freeze a single size portion almost exactly a month ago. I pulled the jar from the freezer and put it in the fridge two days ago to let it thaw completely. When I opened the jar today, some liquid had formed at the top from the deicing process and I poured off what I could. The color of the salsa was still very vibrant and had no real indication of browning like avocados tend to do over time. The flavor was a little off from where it was when I first froze it. It lacked a little bit of the punch that it had with the fresh jalapeno. I think I probably could have got a little bit of the jazz back by adding a smidge more key lime juice after thawing next time. And yes, I would try this again. The great flavor was there, it was just a bit watered down. I'm really curious now to see how just a straight thawed avocado would taste. We only get Florida avocados at a few times in the year, which are lower in calories and fat, so I can eat more of them without cheating!

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4/2/13 9:59 A

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I agree... there are some great ideas on this thread. Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you so much for all of the information on this thread. I have definately learned a lot. and with summer just around the corner I know I will be freezing more fruits when they come in season.

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Hi CMW405, I'm very curious, how was your frozen salsa?

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4/2/13 2:55 A

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Hi RNVICKI, no, you may or not freeze the pit. I freeze them separate. I cut the avocado in eighths and put the pieces in a cooking sheet. When they are frozen, I just put them in a freezing bag. They keep their color.

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I regularly eat frozen: berry medley, blackberries, dark cherries and blueberries to mix in Greek yogurt and oatmeal. Probably have more nutrients that the "fresh" that are shipped from CA and FL or S.A.
I love fresh fruit but frozen works well in a mix. Have eaten them out of a bowl



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4/1/13 4:13 P

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i never thought about freezing the avocado. This does sound simple to do and would be easier to toss into the blender. Now, would you freeze the pit as well to help keep the color?

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I live in Hawaii, and though I have access to all kinds of wonderful fresh tropical fruit, berries have to be flown in and can be VERY pricey, even in season. (an 8 oz clam shell of raspberries can average $3.99 ON SALE) Since I ADORE berries, I have adapted very well to using frozen. I WISH I could freeze my own, but it just would not be cost effective. My favorite is yeast waffles with Greek yogurt and berries.

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4/1/13 3:49 A

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Hi HANISMKW, the avocado freezes beautifully. I don't defrost it though, because I use it frozen in my green smoothies.

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3/31/13 12:31 P

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Frozen grapes are nice to eat right from the freezer, like little sorbets. Wash before freezing.
I never knew you could freeze avocado!

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3/31/13 4:01 A

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Hi LORAC67, you can check some videos about how to make kefir in Youtube. It's a kind of yogurt.

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3/30/13 6:59 P

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When blueberries are in season here, I buy 5 pound boxes and stick them in the freezer (these are the small "wild" ones). They freeze beautifully and I can just open the box and scoop out a cup or so as required.

Some frozen blueberries and a bit of skim milk and splenda in the blender makes a great smoothie.

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Someone else will have to explain kefir. I read an article on it awhile back, about how to make your own, but I couldn't explain it well to someone else.

I can elaborate on the VitaMix though... It's my BFF! VitaMix is an American company that makes the awesomest blenders created. They can be rediculously expensive, which is why I have one that is 30 years old - note that it still works like a champ though. I finally decided to get a VitaMix blender because I had gone through two $100 blenders in two years and decided in the long run the cost would be worth it. With my model I can pulverize seeds and nuts into absolute oblivian, I can ground meat, juice fruits and veggies, make ice cream, and it will even cook soup for me if I leave it whirling long enough. It does almost everything my food processor does, and then some. If you use a blender or food processor a lot - vitamix is definitely the way to go.

I don't work for vitamix, I just love my blender that much!

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Wow all the great info!
What is a VitaMix and what is kefir?

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Hi CMW405.
I cut my fruits and veggies in chunks, or cubes because it is easy to make the smoothies, otherwise the fruit would be stuck on the blades.
I don't peel the apples, just cut it in chunks including the seeds.
I cut the avocado in 1/8 portion pieces. It keeps its color. Also, I cut the avocado in half along with the avocado pit (that way you don't cut yourself trying to cut the pit alone). I use 1/2 pit in my smoothies because it contains a lot of soluble fiber and nutrients.
I freeze the whole organic strawberries.
I will freeze grapes as soon as I find organic.
I'm becoming a freezing hoarder. Now that I cook in batches (after finishing the Healthy Cooking Challenge), I also freeze meal portions.
Have fun freezing! By the way, congrats for your VitaMix.


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Excellent suggestions everyone, and please keep them coming! I'm diligently making notes.

I, too, wish I had known about the frozen banana ice cream trick way earlier in life! I regularly put a frozen banana in my smoothies each day. I'm allergic to Greek yogurt (which sucks!) and the banana gives me the creaminess that the yogurt would have provided.

I also use a cookie sheet to freeze my own fruit. Learned that one the hard way after I burned up a blender trying to ground down a hunk of mango. Happily, I picked up a used VitaMix from the 80s that is a work horse and a half! Now I can toss anything in there with no worries, but I still use the baking sheet.

Craftsfan1 - I never thought of freezing apples! Do you dice them or slice them first? I am really curious about that experience. I just attempted to freeze one of my favorite salsa recipes made up of mango, avocado, jalapeno and some key lime juice this week. I wasn't sure how freezing the avocado would work out, so I am excited to see that you freeze those as well.

Good tips about keeping the fruit slightly frozen to counter the mush texture. Thanks!

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I appreciate all these wonderful ideas. Thanks all for sharing.

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I freeze apples, avocado, cucumber, celery, pineapple, mango, peeled oranges and lemons. I also freeze bananas, and other fruits for my smoothies.

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I use frozen fruit pretty regularly. Not only do I make smoothies with them, I mix them with homemade kefir as a dessert. I don't thaw my fruit all the way so it's cold and firm when I eat it. I've found that lots (most) fruits are somewhat mushy after being totally thawed out - except for pineapple. Try freezing your own fruit. It's easy and less expensive. Good luck to you.

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I also have frozen fruit in plain Greek yogurt on the days I don't have fresh in the house. Besides berries and peaches, cherries and pineapple are very good. You can get mixed berries and wild Maine blueberries too. The later have more antioxidants than the larger, cultivated blueberries.
Another favorite way to have fruit for breakfast is to put diced apple or pear into oatmeal.

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3/29/13 7:09 P

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I use frozen fruit in smoothies.

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Thanks CarrKM for letting me know how you freeze berries. Sounds great! I love frozen berries in my smoothies because they make frozen smoothies which I love - almost like loose ice cream when 1/2 of a banana is added!

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I use frozen blueberries, strawberries, and peaches year round in my oatmeal and plain greek yogurt. Also will use it in smoothies and with cereal and milk.




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3/29/13 12:01 P

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I have gotten into the habit of freezing produce at the end of the season, so much better, in my opinion. I find that store-bought frozen blueberries are hard/chewy often, and I just don't like store-bought frozen strawberries. Home-frozen always tastes great, though. I do blue,black,and straw -berries, as well as cherries. Best ever! I actually really dig canned, no sugar added pineapple. It chills up deliciously.

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I don't like the texture of fresh blueberries so I buy frozen. I put 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries in my Fiber One Nutty Almond Clusters cereal and add I cup almond milk. The berries are cold and it tastes almost like a dessert! emoticon

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how about cantaloupe and cottage cheese?
pineapple and cottage cheese?
just a few fresh fruit alternatives to blueberries.
also a lover of the frozen banana 'ice cream' where was that little trick my whole life?
have a happy healthy day! xx

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I have frozen fruit every single morning with a container of yoplait light yogurt( any flavor!) and a serving of special K cereal or another whole grain option on top for a little crunch. I get a big bag of a frozen tropical mix that includes peaches, pineapple, strawberries, and mango chunks for the week and microwave about 2 cups for a few minutes each morning. Then I drain off the liquid because it can make it too soupy. It also cuts down a little bit on the sugars. It's well balanced, delicious, satisfying, and filling!

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I rinse them off, pat them dry and lay them on a baking sheet. Freeze, then put in a zip-top freezer bag. That way, they are not all clumped up in the bag, but loose and you can take out whatever you need. Hope that helps!

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what is the best way to freeze fresh berries? i have never done it and would like to try it a little this year.

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I don't mind frozen fruits - especially if I freeze them myself. I usually freeze blueberries when they are in season. They do get kind of mushy, but I don't mind that. I like them on cereal, in oatmeal or smoothies. Just be aware that the texture will not be the same as fresh.

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Hi!

There is a recipe for frozen banana ice cream on this site that is very good. It's a great way to use up ripening bananas. To make it:

1. Cut up banana and place in a freezer bag and freeze.
2. Blend them in a blender (add water if they become too dry)
3. Enjoy! You can add maple syrup or vanilla if you wish but most of the time it's not needed.

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Hello all,

I'm bummed. It's that time of year in Florida when the blueberry and strawberry seasons are winding down and it's really chancy to buy them at the market or the grocery. I actually returned some moldy blueberries last week the very next day after I purchased them. I have gotten really used to eating fresh blueberries with cottage cheese as my desert after dinner and now I'm at a loss. I use frozen blueberries and raspberries in my smoothies, but I have not tried eating those in any other ways. Could they possibly be any good thawed out???

So what has everyone's experiences been with using frozen fruits - the good and the bad? - since it looks like I will need to start relying on some varieties as the fresh seasons come to an end here in my state.

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