Farmer’s markets are ramping up and if you have a garden you want to maximize your summer bounty. We can’t always use everything we buy when it’s at its peak flavor; how can you save the freshest flavors of summer to enjoy in the cold, grey days of winter?
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Fruit should be washed and patted dry before freezing.

Apples and pears should be cored and sliced. Arrange them flat on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. When frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or container.
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Nectarines, peaches, cherries and plums should be pitted. The nectarines and peaches can be dunked first in lemon water to prevent browning.

Berries should be washed and dried and then placed on the cookie sheet to freeze individually. Grapes are an awesome fruit to freeze and pop into water or clear juice for fun ice cubes.
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Bananas can be frozen in the peel, or out, and are perfect to pop into smoothies.

BONUS: Puree your favorite fruit combinations and freeze in ice cube trays. Use them in plain soda water for a naturally sweet treat on hot summer days. Or have a fruit punch at the ready for your morning smoothie!
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