Can You Freeze Kiwi?
Kiwi has a sweet, tangy flavor that complements a variety of dishes, they make the perfect add-on to your favorite smoothies, desserts, and even salads! Even better, you can freeze kiwi for later use. This fruit is very delicate and prone to bruising that’s why you need to store it properly. A fully ripened kiwi can keep in the fridge for up to 5 days only. If properly stored, fresh kiwi fruit will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months.
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The best way to freeze kiwi is by slicing them up, instead of freezing them whole. While you can always store whole, unsliced kiwi fruit, slicing kiwi minimizes any flavor or texture change once they are frozen. Also, because the fruit is broken down into smaller pieces, it’ll take up less room in the freezer.
Prep the Kiwi for Freezing
To freeze kiwi, start by washing the fruit thoroughly with water. Then, peel off the fuzzy rind and cut according to your preferred size. Make sure the knife is very sharp to avoid bruising the fruit’s delicate flesh.
Packing the Kiwi for Freezing
Put all the sliced kiwi in a freezer-safe rigid container or a glass container with airtight lids. At this point, you can either stick the container in the freezer or you can pour in cooled sugar syrup before closing the lid, making sure to leave an inch of space for the liquid to expand.
While you can always use frozen kiwi on its own, the fruit doesn’t really need thawing (especially for smoothies and frozen desserts!). However, you can also thaw it for other uses.
To defrost frozen kiwi fruit, we recommend transferring the product to the refrigerator and allow to thaw overnight. Once thawed, you can add kiwi fruit to your desserts or salads!
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Freezing your own kiwis is a great way to whip up all sorts of frozen treats in a jiffy. Although you can always buy pre-frozen fruits, there’s no guarantee that the product is truly fresh and chemical-free!
Also, freezing your own fruit lets you control every aspect of the fruit, including the cut, size, and prep. Now that you know how to freeze kiwi properly, you can keep your favorite fruit in the freezer for later use!