Fresh isn’t always best. Frozen berries (or mango, pineapple, cherries and even bananas) have just as many vitamins as their more perishable counterparts.
The best bit? Use frozen fruit as and when you need it with no worries about the rest going all brown and mushy (or any of it going to waste).
Try these tasty ways to revolutionise your five-a-day with fruit straight from the freezer.
No need to add ice cubes. Just blend up fruit straight from the freezer, adding milk, yoghurt or orange juice to taste.
Make instant ice cream
Bananas (frozen without skins) take on a creamy texture when blended, with no need to defrost first. Berries just need a dollop of yoghurt and a drizzle of honey, or blend with a splash of orange juice for sorbet.
Bake a cake
Stir frozen berries straight into your cake mix for little, oozy pockets of fruitiness. Or blend in partially thawed fruit, like banana or strawberry, for a moist sponge.
Go hell for leather
Fruit leather, that is. A gorgeously glam, on-the-go snack that can be made with frozen fruit like strawberries and some honey.
Stir into porridge
Throw a handful of frozen fruit into the pan to give a natural sweetness (and pretty colour) to your morning oats. Busy types can mix rolled oats, yoghurt and frozen berries and leave in the fridge overnight, ready to eat on the hop in the morning.
Cobbler it together
Place thawed frozen fruit into a baking dish, sprinkle with sugar and top with buttermilk biscuits. Bake for around 20 minutes. Or try this super-quick microwave version.
Frozen summer fruits, yoghurt and honey make for healthier ice lollies. They look so pretty too.
In a saucepan, simmer frozen fruit with onion, raisins, cumin, a little brown sugar and cider vinegar until it reaches a jammy consistency. Cool and store in a sealed glass jar. Or use frozen strawberries for a tangy barbecue sauce.
Watermelon is great to freeze in chunks, which can be dropped into drinks as fruity ‘ice cubes’ or blended with mint for a super-refreshing libation. Would it be terrible to splash in some rum?
For deliciously moist pancakes, simply drop blueberries (or any berries you fancy) into the batter while the first side is browning in the griddle. They sink right in, staying put when you flip the pancakes.
The result? Glorious little bursts of jammy fruit nestled in your fluffy brunch-time treat. You can also mix them into the raw batter before ladling into the pan.
Dress it up
Thawed frozen fruit will add depth and sweetness to plain vinaigrette. Purée and strain through a sieve.
Heat and ice
Pour white or dark hot chocolate sauce straight over frozen berries for a divine dessert.
Jazz up your roast
Whether it’s simmering cranberries with a little orange juice and sugar to accompany turkey, stewing apples for pork or reducing a handful of mixed berries for lamb, keeping your freezer stocked with fruits means you’ll always have the ingredients for an easy sauce on hand.
Main image via Shutterstock: Shebeko
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