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Frozen Fruit is Fantastic

Many of us have a frozen bag or two of fruit in our freezer to use for baking, fruit smoothies or mixed into yogurt. However, freshly frozen fruit is also a great snack or healthy dessert. If you find that the fresh fruit you purchase goes bad before you get around to eating it all, consider freezing some of it. A few of our favorite frozen fruit treats follow.

  • Seedless green and red grapes both freeze beautifully, although the red ones are my favorite.  Delicious unfrozen, the sweetness of the grapes is somehow enhanced by the freezing process.  Wash fresh grapes, remove from the stem, and then place in a freezer bag or plastic container.  For variation and additional sweetness, sprinkle grapes with Splenda before freezing.
  • For the taste sensation of an orange dreamsicle, peel and section an orange.  Put the orange sections onto a plate or cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze for 45 minutes to an hour.  Remove from the freezer and eat.  Note – don’t freeze the orange for longer than an hour as the orange goes from ‘dreamy’ to ‘dreadful’ after that.
  • Frozen ripened figs are also delicious.  To freeze, simply wash the ripened figs and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or container.  To eat, remove the quantity desired and thaw slightly for a few minutes before serving.
  • Frozen banana chips make a sweet treat.  Peel firm banana, cut into chips and place on a cookie sheet in a single layer to freeze.  Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or container.  For the grown-up version of a banana pop, dip slices in melted dark chocolate before freezing.
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