How to Preserve Fruit in Plastic

Overview

Fruit is always best enjoyed fresh. If you cannot enjoy the fruit before it starts to show signs of getting too ripe, preserving the fruit is the best way to ensure that the fruit will stay fresh longer. To preserve fruit in plastic is one of the best methods when you are planning to freeze the fruit.

Juice

Step 1

Slice the fruit in half and place the halves in the juicer.

Step 2

Remove all the juice from the pulp. Discard the pulp and skin.

Step 3

Pour the juice through a strainer into a plastic juice jug. This will catch the seeds, removing the seeds from the juice.

Step 4

Pour the juice into smaller plastic containers and seal the lids tightly. Place the containers in the freezer.

Puree

Step 1

Cut the fruit into slices with the large knife. Take out the seeds. Cut the fruit slices in half again, making quarters small enough to place in the blender.

Step 2

Put all of the fruit into the blender. Add a teaspoon of lemon or lime to prevent discoloration. Put the top on the blender. Use the puree setting to get the slices ground down to the consistency of mush. Applesauce is a good example. Allow larger chunks to remain for fruit filling or toppings for desserts such as turnovers, danish or cheesecake toppings.

Step 3

Scoop the fruit from the blender into plastic zipper bags. Fill the bags up to ¾ full.

Step 4

Press down along the empty portion of the bag to get the air out and seal the bag. This helps reduce freezer burn.

Step 5

Write the name of the fruit and the date you stored the fruit. Place the fruit in the freezer.

Dried Fruit

Step 1

Slice fresh fruit widthwise so you get fruit chips, which resemble potato chips. Remove the seeds. Cut the slices from larger fruits such as apple or mango into halves or quarters for faster dehydration.

Step 2

Place the fruit chips in the dehydrator and allow them to dry. Remove the fruit when they're finished.

Step 3

Put the dried fruit into plastic containers or zipper freezer bags. Make sure the air is pushed out of the container or bag before you seal it.

Step 4

Place the container in a cool dry area. Any place away from a heat source or light will work. Use cupboards or closet shelves. Place the containers in the refrigerator during hot months.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Juicer
  • Plastic Jug
  • Strainer
  • Small plastic containers
  • Zipper-lock plastic bags

References

  • National Center for Home Food Preservation
  • PennState University: Food Safety
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