Summer is the perfect time to freeze your favorite fruits or chopped vegetables so you can avoid buying them in plastic bags later. My son and I recently went blueberry picking and picked a bunch of blueberries so we could freeze them to enjoy year-round and package-free. Buying local fruit in season is not only better for the environment (fewer food miles) but also cheaper! Load up at your local farmer’s market or when they’re on sale at your grocery store. Here’s how we froze our blueberries, zero waste style 🙂
How to freeze fresh fruit
1. Rinse fruit and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet. To prevent fruit from sticking, you can place a sheet of parchment paper on the cookie sheet first. Since I have a small freezer, I put my blueberries directly on dinner plates then covered them with an upside down plate so I could stack several on top of each other.
2. Once the fruit is frozen, remove the fruit and put in a mason jar (or other air-tight container) using a funnel. Freezing the fruit first prevents it from forming a big clump in your jar so they’ll be easy to scoop out later 🙂
3. Close your mason jar and store in the freezer for as long you would store-bought frozen fruit.