Fresh Frozen Fruit

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 2, 2010

Now that summer is in full swing and the prices on spring and summer produce are hitting their low points, it’s time to start freezing that delicious fresh fruit. I keep a large plastic container in the freezer, filled with fresh fruits that I want to have for smoothies or for baking.

A few target prices for stockpiling fruit:

  • $1 per pint of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
  • $1.75 per quart of strawberries
  • $1.50 per 3 lb. bag of peaches
  • $.50 per mango
  • $.30 per lb. or less for bananas

What are some of your favorite fruits to freeze or favorite smoothie recipes?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan July 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm

How the heck do you cut your mangoes so perfect? I have such a hard time cutting mangoes. . .any tips?


Candi July 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I got a huge papaya at Walmart for $.45 and cut it up for smoothies. I’d actually forgotten about it until I read your post! Thanks for reminding me!


Julie July 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I wish I could find bananas for less than .30! Lowest we get is .39/lb @ Save a Lot or Aldis. My hubby and kids love them though so they are worth it. Recently read that if you have some getting too ripe you can freeze them and thaw them later for banana bread! Had never thought of that before but it’s a great idea if you don’t have time to make the bread and your bananas are ready.


Julieanne Miller July 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Wow – I can’t believe the amazing prices you have found for fruit, and how low your target prices are! Even at the grocery store in town with the cheapest prices on produce (which is second-rate junk), their lowest price would be twice what you’ve quoted. And we’re just north of California, so you’d think our produce prices would be better. Even with our local farmers’ markets or going out and picking the fruit ourselves, we can’t get prices this low. You are very blessed!


Dana July 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

One thing when freezing banana’s you need to remove the outer skin. I find the best way is to wrap them in plastic wrap then into foil. They can last up 6 months.
If you try to freezze then with the skins on they get a very bitter taste.


RJ July 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Pineapple is awesome in smoothies! It gets so creamy! Watermelon is great too, it also gets creamy. Actually, melons in general work really well!


Karen July 2, 2010 at 11:14 pm

so how does this freezing work? just stick it in a plastic container in the freezer and pop it open when you want to eat/cook with it? I bought a bit of fruit today so I am hoping it will last longer than a week(maybe two?) too much work to make a smoothie, easier to eat it straight up! :)


Charlotte July 3, 2010 at 12:16 am

I have been wanting to ask you if you just have a standard refrigerator with freezer or do you have a seperate freezer chest to store all of your frozen foods?
We love smoothies in our house. Everytime my two year old hears the blender going he yells “Smoovie?” “No son, I’m making pesto.”


eileen July 3, 2010 at 6:21 am

Hi, can you be a little more specific (for someone like me who is kitchen challanged) about how to stockpile different fruits and veggies? I tried once and had ice on my fruit and my chopped onions were soggy. Thanks


marnie July 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

I live in Austin, Texas and our produce prices are great seasonally. We freeze lots of fruit. Some of my family’s favorites are: 1 – cantaloupe w/ OJ concentrate and ice, 2 – kiwi, pineapple and ice and 3 – Mango, yogurt and ice


edgery July 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I’m with Eileen – could you give us more info on how to freeze different fruits successfully? I get the flash freezing for blueberries and raspberries, but would think strawberries would turn to mush. And what about the wonderful peaches, mangoes? Thanks.


Mandy July 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I’d love to know how to freeze the different types of fruit. I haven’t thought of freezing fruit, because I’m afraid it would ruin it with frostbite or mushiness when thawed. Tips on other fruits please!!! Peaches, strawberries, grapes, pineapple??


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