Unsweetened Packs for Freezing Fruits
The dry pack is good for small whole fruits such as berries, that give a good quality product without sugar. Simply pack the fruit into a container, seal and freeze.
A tray pack is an alternative that may make the fruit easier to remove from the container. Simply spread a single layer of prepared fruit on shallow trays and freeze. When frozen, promptly package and return to the freezer. The fruit pieces remain loose and can be poured from the container and the package re-closed. Be sure to package the fruit as soon as it is frozen, to prevent freezer burn.
Other Unsweetened Packs
In addition to a dry pack, unsweetened fruit can be packed in water, unsweetened juice or pectin syrup.
Unsweetened packs generally yield a product that does not have the plump texture and good color of those packed with sugar. The fruits freeze harder and take longer to thaw. However, some fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, steamed apples, gooseberries, currants, cranberries, rhubarb and figs give a good quality product without sugar.
The pectin syrup is often used for fruits such as strawberries or peaches, that retain their texture better than if frozen in water or juice.
This document was extracted from "So Easy to Preserve", 5th ed. 2006. Bulletin 989, Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia, Athens. Revised by Elizabeth L. Andress. Ph.D. and Judy A. Harrison, Ph.D., Extension Foods Specialists.
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