Apricots are a delightful fruit that sadly doesn’t last long once they’ve been harvested. If you grow your own, or have found a bargain but, using up a glut of apricots fast enough can prove tricky. Fortunately you can freeze apricots to use later with ease, our guide will show you how.
Can You Freeze Apricots?
The great news is you can indeed freeze your fresh apricots ready to use at a time convenient to you. It’s also very easy to freeze fresh apricots so you’ll never have to worry about the waste again. Apricots are very good for you, boasting lots of healthy vitamins so you can keep them in the freezer for whenever that health boost is required.
How to Prepare Apricots For The Freezer
To prepare your apricot for the freezer you’ll need to wash them and either manually dry them or leave them to air dry. Once fully dry they are ready to be frozen.
Slicing Apricots Before Freezing
You can slice your apricots in half and remove the pit before freezing. This will speed up the freezing process and be easier to prepare once they’ve defrosted. They cut easily and the pit should also be simple to take out.
Top Tip – Freezing Apricots Whole?
You don’t need to slice your apricots first, instead, you can wash and dry them and pop them in a bag straight in the freezer. They don’t even need to be peeled – they freeze just as well with their skins still on. They will take longer to freeze and defrost as a whole fruit so it’s important to bear this in mind. You’ll also need to prepare more room in the freezer for whole ones.
How Should Apricots Be Frozen?
Once you discover how simple it is to freeze apricots you’ll never put off doing it again. Having seasonal fruit to hand all year round is quite a satisfying feeling!
- Wash and dry the apricots well.
- You can leave the peel on if you will be using them in smoothies. You can peel them if you prefer, though.
- Cut each apricot in half and remove the pit from each one.
- Pop the apricot halves onto a lined tray and pop them in the freezer overnight.
- Once they have frozen, you can tip the apricots into bags or suitable Tupperware.
- Pop the date on them so you know how long they’ve been frozen.
- They will last a year in the freezer.
For some recipes, you can enjoy apricots straight from the freezer. They make a perfect cereal topper and can be whizzed up in a smoothie straight from frozen.
How To Defrost Apricots Before Use
The best way of defrosting your apricots is to simply take out the freezer the night before using them and pop them in the fridge. They will slowly defrost which will allow them to retain much of their shape. You can use the defrost button on the microwave but it can go mushy. Depending on the recipe you are using, this may not matter too much.