Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Picking and Freezing Fruit

One of the things that I love the most about summer is the fresh fruits and vegetables that we get from a local farm. This year, we have already enjoyed picking strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and tomatoes.
We always pick lots of berries when they are in season and store them in our freezer. They all freeze very well and are good for up to a year. Our girls especially like them for smoothies, pancakes, or to put on cereal. They are also nice to pull out and make a yummy cobbler in the middle of winter! We have found that we eat more fruit when it is readily available to us in the freezer. Fruit is also best when it is picked local and in peak season. Another great benefit is that fruit is much cheaper in season. With 2 toddlers in the house, the amount of savings that we get from picking and storing fresh fruit at the peak of the season is almost immeasurable... not to mention the environmental benefit!
Blueberries and Blackberries $3 per lb


*Note- We have an energy star freezer that we keep full at all times. Keeping a freezer full saves on energy costs. We have not noticed an increase in our energy bill since getting a separate freezer.

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