Please don’t call me crazy – but the spring/summer is a great time to think about and start preserving seasonal fruits so that you and your families can have a wide variety of options to turn to in the winter! A few simple steps now and I promise you will be thankful next winter!

Once you purchase the extra fruits, here are a few things you can do with them to save them for the future:

  1. Freeze unwashed berries – in batches on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a large storage bag and/or freezer-proof container. When you want to use them, simply take out what you need, rinse them and add them to a variety of things.
  2. Freeze diced/sliced fruits – such as cantaloupe or sliced strawberries, in batches on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a large storage bag and/or freezer-proof container. When you want to use them, simply take out what you need and add them to a variety of things.
  3. Make jam that you can freeze or can.
  4. Dehydrate your berries to make dried fruit – dehydrate in an oven on a low temperature for a long duration. Store in a gallon bag or storage container.
  5. Make complete dishes and then freeze them – for example, blueberry muffins, smoothies, fruit pancakes, etc.

Be on the lookout! Here is a general guide of fruits by month, so you can begin to plan what you will purchase to save for the winter!

May: cherries, apricots

June: strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, and cherries

July: strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, raspberries, plums, cantaloupe, blackberries

August: strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, raspberries, plums, cantaloupe

September: grapes, mangos

Happy preserving,

Kristin