If fruits are to be of highest quality after they are frozen, they must be of highest quality in their fresh state. Freezing does not add anything to the original qualities of fresh fruits. The maturity of fruits to be frozen is extremely important in determining the quality of the product. They should be picked at the stage when they are best for eating. Choose fresh firm-ripe fruits. Do not use hard or oversoft fruit. Freeze them before they lose their freshness. If fruits cannot be frozen immediately, refrigerate them.
For more information on freezing fruits, see the MU Extension publication Quality for Keeps: Freezing Fruits or visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.
Contributor: Damaris Karanja, MA, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, St. Louis County, University of Missouri Extension, Karanjad@missouri.edu