Cherry season has just ended and sweet apricots will replace berries in your seasonal fruit clafoutis recipes. But there always comes a time when we have had enough of the summer bounty of fruit and we will resort to freezing.
So, if you’ve ever wondered how to freeze fresh apricots, this article will give you step-by-step instructions on how to conserve your crops and enjoy them all year round. It will also help you to know the effective methods of storing dried apricots in the freezer.
As a bonus, we give you several ideas for culinary preparations in which to incorporate the sweet and tasty summer fruit.
Can apricots be frozen and how long will they keep in the freezer?
Yes, you can freeze fresh apricots and, in fact, it’s very simple. It is possible to freeze fruits with or without the skin, and this should not affect their taste and texture. Plus, if you tend to use them mostly in smoothies, peeling them ahead of time is virtually unnecessary.
When stored properly, frozen apricots can be stored for up to 12 months in the freezer. However, to enjoy the optimal taste, it is best to use them in the first 3-6 months at most.
Ripe apricot is an irresistibly mellow delight with a powerful flavor. Whether it is to bite it immediately, to incorporate it into the dough of a cake, or to freeze it, it is important to know if the fruit to buy is really ripe.
No need to choose the most colorful apricots because, depending on the variety, the color can be more or less bright. Appearance is therefore not a guarantee of ripeness of the fruit.
The rule of thumb for choosing the best apricots is to smell them. The lovely summer and sweet smell will not disappoint you.
- Before putting the apricots in the freezer, it is important to wash them thoroughly. Rinse them under cold water for a few seconds, then dry them with a paper towel.
- Cut the apricots in half. You should be able to remove the core effortlessly.
- Line a small baking dish with parchment paper and place the apricot halves on top. Leave some distance between the fruits to prevent them from freezing together.
- Put in the freezer for an hour or two.
- When the apricots are frozen, remove them from the container, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag.
- The last step is to write the expiration date on the front of the bag before putting it in the freezer.
Can you freeze whole apricots?
Avoid freezing whole apricots. In theory, there is no problem with the process of freezing whole fruit. Still, it’s much easier to enjoy them when they are sliced and pitted ahead of time.
Also, take into consideration that whole apricots are more difficult to thaw and when you try to remove the pit after thawing the flesh is very likely to break down.
Can you freeze cooked apricots?
It is possible to freeze cooked apricots. Simply blanch them in boiling water for a minute and then immerse them in cold water. Drain the fruit and put it in the freezer. You can also wrap the apricot halves in sugar (or syrup made from sugar and water) and freeze them as well.
What about dried apricots?
The method of preserving dried apricots is to remove all the water from the fruit. However, freezing is not possible. However, it is possible to store dried apricots in airtight containers or in freezer bags in the freezer. If stored properly, they will be of the best quality for about 12 to 18 months, but they will remain safe beyond that time.
Now that you know how to freeze apricots, it’s time to give you some ideas on the culinary use of gourmet summer fruits. Frozen apricots can serve you in different ways. For example, they can be added to breakfast smoothies, bowls of porridge, and homemade ice cream.
They are still a great addition to your summer cocktails and iced teas. Frozen apricot slices are also an interesting ingredient in frozen cobblers, puddings, and fruit cakes. Dried apricots that you store in the freezer can make a great addition to raw cakes and pies.