Food accounts for a large chunk of your weekly budget, so for the money-conscious, saving money on grocery shopping is a welcome idea in Australia. Fruits are some of the items commonly bought every week, but since these are perishable, we don’t usually buy them in bulk which can save us a lot of money. One way to save money is to freeze fruits when in season.
When it comes to shelf life, you can store fruits in the freezer for up to one year.
Of course, nothing beats eating fresh fruits, but freezing them is still good for you. You can get their nutritional value compared to consuming canned fruits which can be loaded with sugar and preservatives. What’s more, you can save money when you buy fruits in bulk especially when they’re in season. If you come across a good deal on fruits when grocery shopping, take advantage of it and just freeze them to get the most out of your purchase. Apples, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, papaya, and cherries are just some of the many fruits that can be bought in bulk and frozen for future use.
So how do you freeze fruits that are in season to save money? In general, you need to choose fruits that are just ripe. Make sure to wash and drain them well as excess water can form ice crystals. Cut and/or peel fruits, removing the bruised parts. Place the fruits in a clear zip lock bag or container then freeze. Just get them out of the freezer when needed. Labelling each bag or container will help you identify fruits easily.
Another way is to place fruit slices on a flat parchment paper and let it freeze. The following day, you can place all frozen fruits into clear zip lock bags or containers for storage.
Frozen fruits can be used in a wide range of dishes. Got strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries? You can whip up a triple berry smoothie. Just add milk or yogurt to make it creamy and more delicious. Make great dips made out of frozen avocadoes. Frozen fruits can also be used in baking various pies.
When it comes to shelf life, you can store fruits in the freezer for up to one year. Also, for fruits such as apples and pears that turn brown easily, you can add citric acid to the fruits before freezing them.
Indeed, saving money on food shouldn’t be a difficult task. It just entails a bit of creativity and resourcefulness to get the most out of your food purchases.
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