Freezing Fruit Without Plastic

I used to buy frozen fruit in plastic bags, but I stopped doing that a while ago. Now I freeze fresh fruit. Freezing your own fruit is plastic-free (unless you freeze it in plastic bags) and it tastes better since you can freeze things at the peak of the season. Here’s how I freeze fruit without plastic. I started with a colander-full of fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market.

Rinse the strawberries and cut off the tops. I like to cut the really big ones in half. That way it’s easier to make smoothies.

Put the strawberries on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Freeze for about two hours. Freezing fruit in a single layer before putting it in a jar helps prevent pieces from sticking together.

Put the strawberries into glass jars or containers and freeze. (As you can see, I ate most of the strawberries before I got around to taking a picture.)  If you have old plastic bags, this is a good way to reuse them. I try and find ways to reuse the plastic I have instead of landfilling it.

Things are coming into season right now, so it’s a great time to start freezing and preserving. Next I’ll be doing plums from my backyard. Yum!

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4 thoughts on “Freezing Fruit Without Plastic

    • Yeah, you can use any glass jar. They won’t break. Glass jars break if you put liquids in them and you don’t leave enough space for them to expand. I’ve never ended up with a broken jar from freezing fruit.

  1. Hello! Thank you for this easy to follow method! I have a bunch of gorgeous strawberries, plums, peaches and nectarines from the farmers market. I am new to freezing — can I freeze them in Le parfait glass jars? Is it ok to open them and take out what is needed? Do I need to peel the fruit or cook it in anyway first? (i’d rather not since the skin holds vitamins and my time is lacking being mom of 2 kids under three!).

    Thanks for any and all tips!
    Melissa

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