Like it or not, summer is coming to an end. And even though we’re mourning the passing of those lazier months, we have to admit we’re a little (OK, extremely) excited to stop sweating.

Some may begrudge the coming cooler weather (so long, fresh fruit smoothies and granola bowls!), but we’d like to offer a tip: Save fruit now and make better-tasting treats for the rest of the year. Prepping your own frozen fruit may seem an unnecessary step (can’t you buy that stuff in the grocery store?), but you’ll thank us after that first sip of an summery peach smoothie in the middle of November. You’re a little curious now, aren’t you? Hold onto that feeling.

how to freeze fruit

Now let's spell that out with just a tad bit more detail.

Raspberries and blackberries: Rinse > Pat dry on towel > Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet > Freeze until solid > Store in a freezer bag > Drop into a pot of oatmeal while it’s cooking

Blueberries: Pick off all stems > Rinse > Pat dry on towel > Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet > Freeze until solid > Store in a freezer bag > Use as a topping for a smoothie bowl

Strawberries: Rinse > Pat dry on towel > Cut off stems > Chop into small pieces > Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet > Freeze until solid > Store in a freezer bag > Drop into a bowl of Greek yogurt

Cherries: Rinse, pat dry on towel > Slice in half > Pit > Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet > Freeze until solid > Store in a freezer bag > Blend into a smoothie

Bananas: Peel > Slice into even pieces > Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet > Freeze until solid > Store in a freezer bag > Whip up a batch of banana ice cream

Stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums, etc.): Rinse > Dry > Peel (optional) > Cut into chunks > Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet > Freeze until solid > Store in a freezer bag > Defrost, top with granola for a quick fruit crisp

Apples and pears: Rinse > Dry > Peel (optional) > Cut into chunks > Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet > Freeze until solid > Store in a freezer bag > Defrost, cut smaller and add to muffin batter

Melon: Cut into chunks > Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet > Freeze until solid > Store in a freezer bag > Blend into a smoothie bowl

Citrus (oranges, lemons, limes, etc.): Rinse > Dry > Cut away any abrasions on the peel > Slice into rounds or half-moons > Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet > Freeze until solid > Store in a freezer bag > Grate zest over meat, salad, cocktails, and more!

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