Freezing dry fruits is incredibly healthy. People need fruits in their diet to stay healthy. Fruits contain certain nutrients and vitamins that support your immune system, hair, skin, eyes, and other functions of the body.
Therefore, by freezing dry produce you’re able to hold a number of nutrients in, that’s is why they often taste fresher and last longer than heat dried or canned items.
Not only do freezing dry fruits extend the life of a fruit for several months, but they also become available for you, irrespective of the season.
Freezing dry fruits at home is easy just follow these simple steps:
- You need to pick fruits that are fresh, and have a healthy color.
- Remember to clean the fruits with cold water. This will wash away all the dirt, debris, and any pesticides that are on the fruit. Plus, it helps preserve the flavor later on.
- Using a paper towel to dry the fruits.
- If you have fresh fruits like apples, peaches, pears, apricots, and figs slice the produce ¼ inch thick and lay them on a tray. If you have packed dry fruits such as raisins, dates, or prunes after cleaning, spread them over a mesh tray or cookie sheet.
- Other then a tray you can use is a roasted tin. Pierce the sides, bottom, and lid of the roasting tin with an awl. Again, these holes should be no more than ¼ inch apart from all sides. You can easily purchase a roasting tin from your local grocery store. The result of piercing the can should look similar to a screen.
- When using the tin remember that, you must layer the produce on the bottom of the roasting tin. Making sure you leave some space at the top, once it’s full, move on to another can.
- Now, it’s time to freeze the fruits. Rest the fruits onto the tray and put it in the freezer for seven days. If you’re using the tin, then three weeks is the required time.
- Take a test slice. Pull out a slice to check the dry fruit. If it turns black it hasn’t frozen yet so place it back into the mesh tray or tin. If the fruit does not turn black but and stays in its original color then the fruit is ready.
- After, the fruits have been frozen, take them out and place them into freezer bags. Make sure you let out all the air out of the bag before sealing it.
- Lastly, take the freezers bags and place them in the freezer till you’re ready to eat.
Well, there you have it, 10 simple steps for freezing your dry fruits, allowing you to enjoy the freshness of your favorite fruit for several months.