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How to Preserve Fresh Fruit

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Berries, peaches and even apples can be easily preserved using your FoodSaver® Food Preservation System, ensuring that you have access to your favorite fruits all year round. If you're a fan fresh, delicious fruit, read on to learn about the best ways to ensure your purchases last through the winter and beyond. Follow these steps when freezing your fruits for the long haul.

1. Prepare Your Pickings with Care
The way you handle your fruits before the freeze will significantly impact how long the food lasts, how difficult it is to thaw and how it will taste after it's removed. Be sure to wash or peel your fruits before freezing so they're ready to go when you want to use them. Larger fruits, such as apples, pears, peaches and pineapples should be sliced into bite-sized pieces for optimal results. Cutting these fruits before the freezing process ensures that your foods thaw quickly and retain their texture.

2. Pre-freeze on a Solid Sheet
Pre-freeze your fruits on a baking sheet to ensure that they keep their shape and plumpness Separate fruits by their type and spread the pieces out in one even layer on the sheet. By freezing each group individually, you ensure your food does not stick together during the freezing process. Allow your fruits to freeze for about five to six hours before storing long-term.


3. Vacuum Seal for Optimal Results
Once you've made the necessary preparations, it's time to break out your vacuum sealer and get to work. Place different fruits in individual bags and use your vacuum sealer to remove the air, which may give way to premature freezer burn. Freeze your fruits in portions that will be easy to use in your favorite recipes. By only sealing two to three cups per bag, you can separate portions and ensure you're not thawing too many or too few of your ingredients.