How to Freeze Mangoes
By now you know I’m not a big fan of canned goods. I made my tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes not canned as well. Kinda weird but it’s true; I have a strange feeling about canned food. I rarely every use them
I’m not a big fan of freezing food either but yes I love to freeze fruits that are in season such as mangoes and strawberries. They are better than the canned variety when you need off season. I’m sure those of you that have fruit trees in your garden will know what I mean when I say – I rather wait for the season then go buy that canned fruit. Once you use to the real stuff; nothing else is the same.
So yes my freezer usually never has frozen cakes or foods but always has frozen mangoes and strawberries.
My kids love mangoes, especially juices and desserts. I remember one of my favorite drinks as a kid was mango squash.
Now my kids favorite is Mango Yogurt Drink / Mango Lassi which I shared with you earlier this season and Mango Mousse – I also shared with you this season.
Well, if you do have some fruit in season and want to freeze them. Here’s the easiest way on how to freeze mangoes. But you can do the same with almost all fruits.
How to freeze Mangoes
- Choosing the right mangoes.
If you choose ripe but firm mangoes they thaw well and can be used for dessert toppings too. Some mangoes become very soft when thawed but they are still usable. So choose the fruit wisely. Remember ripe but firm is what you are looking for.
- Wash and wipe the mangoes you want to freeze.
Use a peeler and peal the skin off the mangoes. Messy job – Watch those pretty fingers.
Chop the mangoes.. First the two cheeks around the seed. Then the flesh around the center seed.
Only take the big chunks. The small cuts can be made into puree and frozen too.
Lay the nice pieces on to a tray with parchment paper;or plastic wrap.
The pieces should not touch each other.
Cover well with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for a couple of hours or over night.
Once frozen – pick individual pieces from the tray and drop into a zip lock bag.
Close the bag well – removing as much air as possible. Now put back into the freezer.
Viola! You now have frozen mangoes
- When you need to use . Just pick the number of pieces you need out of the bag.
Place on a small plate and let thaw in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Now you have fresh mangoes any time of the year. You can use these for almost everything.