How to Freeze Mangoes – How to Preserve Mangoes for a longer time.
One of the best ways to eat fruits in off season is to preserve them for a longer time meaning freeze them. In this post I show you how to freeze mangoes so you can use them off season but this technique can be used with almost any seasonal fruit.
By now you know I’m not a big fan of canned goods especially when I have an abundance of the good stuff around.
Nor am I a big fan of freezing food.
BUT I do love having fruits during off season. For example how about a delicious Mango Mousse during winter.. yum yum… 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 and Mango Lassi.
Now my kids favorite is Mango Yogurt Drink / Mango Lassi and of course by now you know my love affair with Mousses so yes we love our Mango Mousse!
How to Preserve Fruits for longer time ?
So, if you do have some fruit in season and want to freeze them. Here’s the easiest way. Here I show you how to freeze mangoes but you can do the same with almost all fruits in season. I showed use the same technique – how to freeze strawberries
Let’s talk a little more about 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.
Cleaning the mangoes
- 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 because it’s a slippery job.
Chop the mangoes.
- First the two cheeks around the seed. Then the flesh around the center seed.
- Save the big chunks separately.
- The small cuts can be made into puree and frozen too.
- Lay the nice large pieces on to a tray with parchment paper;or plastic wrap.
- The pieces should not touch each other so they freeze individually.
- Cover well with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for a couple of hours or over night.
Toll in a zip lock bag
- 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 place back into the freezer.
- Viola! You now have frozen mangoes
How to freeze mango pulp
- When cleaning and chopping mangoes you have the small pieces.
- I find the best way to freeze them is to bend them into pulp using a blender.
- Place in a zip lock back and into the freezer.
- If you have a lot of puree? I suggest you freeze them into smaller bags then place those bags into one ziplock back. They way you keep your freeze more tidy.
- The reason you want smaller bags? is so you do not have to thaw a big bag of mango pulp and then not use the whole batch
How to use 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.
- I find that when freezing in the fridge in cooler temperature slowly makes the mangoes hold their shape better.
So now you have Frozen Mangoes to use all thru the year. Wasn’t that really easy?
So what do you do with frozen mangoes?
Oh the possibilities – Mango Mousse, Mango Lassi, Mango Popsicle, Mango Jelly, Mango Fruit Salad? Here’s two of my favorite!
- How about Mango Lassi? (mango yogurt drink/mango smoothie/mango milkshake)
Well the most common drink in our home is summer is this Mango Lassi. Have you ever tried Mango Lassi? It’s a delicious blend of mango and yogurt into a smooth drink.
- Mango Mousse – You know my love affair with Mousse – I have so many on this blog – but you must try my Easy Mango Mousse (eggless and vegetarian)