How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables and Preserve Nutrients?
Some fruits can be frozen whole, even with the peel. Already the leaves ask for more care. See tips and learn how to freeze food
Freezing food is a great form of storage and conservation , especially on warmer days or for those places that seem to live in summer all year round. In addition, the fruit that comes straight from the freezer to the blender turns into a refreshing smoothie, for example.
To freeze fruits and vegetables you have to take some care, as the nutritionist Renata Guirau teaches. See the tips:
Fruits, for example, can be frozen whole, chopped or as a pulp. “Strawberries, orange, peach, avocado, kiwi, guava, plum, banana, blueberries and grapes can, go to the whole freezer, even with the peel,” comments the professional.
Already foods like papaya, pineapple, dried coconut, mango, watermelon and melon should be peeled and cut into pieces before storage.
If the fruit is very ripe, the best option is to prepare a pulp. For this, the nutritionist suggests hitting the blender or processor with the food with as little water as possible.
In this case, Renata’s orientation is to make the so-called bravado before freezing. The process is simple: separate two containers with enough water to cover food. Heat one of them until the water boils and in the other, gel the liquid. You can put it under a bowl full of ice, for example. To whiten the vegetable, immerse it in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Then immerse the food in the ice water. Then freeze.
The leaves should not be frozen, according to Renata, because they can not stand the temperature. “The cold burns the leaves and they are bad for consumption,” says the nutritionist.
The tip here is also to make a pulp with food such as cabbage or spinach. The preparation can then be used for a soup or broth.
The vegetables can be kept refrigerated in the refrigerator . To do this, wash the leaves, dry and store in small bags with small holes.
When talking about freezing food, you also need to think about the container that will be taken to the freezer or freezer. It is easy to find in the market plastic bags or glass jars for this purpose. And if you choose something in plastic, choose one with the indication BPA FREE. In this case, the container is not made with Bisphenol A (BPA), a substance that is harmful to health.
Renata Guirau also teaches you how to use food after freezing. She warns that the fruit has a change in texture after it has gone to the freezer, and those that have been stung also suffer a change in taste. As they may not be pleasant to be consumed in natura, bet on vitamins and smoothies.
Vegetables should not be eaten raw. After freezing, separate the food and use it for cooked and roasted preparations, as an accompaniment to meats and poultry, for example.