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In the Kitchen with Fareway: Frozen Fruits

March is Frozen Foods Month, and frozen foods last much longer than their fresh counterparts.

MOLINE, Ill. — March is Frozen Foods Month

Frozen foods last much longer than their fresh counterparts. Use just what you need and put the rest back in the freezer for next time – wasting less food and saving money.

-Many frozen foods are perfectly-portioned so there’s no waste.

-You are paying for 100% edible food – no stalks, seeds or rinds.

-Frozen foods are consistently priced year-round

Today’s quick-freezing process freezes foods in just minutes stopping the clock and preserving all the nutritional value, freshness and flavor.

-You can enjoy nutritious, quality fruits and vegetables year-round.

Keeping your freezer stocked means delicious, quality foods are ready-to-use, making meal prep fast and easy.

-All the picking, cleaning and chopping are already done, saving you time in the kitchen.

Fruits

· choose plain fruits without added sugar or syrup

· unopened frozen fruit lasts 8 – 10 months

· opened frozen fruit lasts 6-8 months

· washed and flash frozen

· thawing in a bowl of cold water will help preserve fruit’s appearance once thawed

USDA Grading

· Optional

· Measure quality

· Grade A fruits – nearly perfect

· Grade B fruits – the most common fruit grade

· Grade C fruits – less uniform and may be less sweet (work well for purees)