Are you looking to learn how to freeze fresh apricots? – then you’ve come to the right place.
There’s a number of ways you can freeze and preserve fresh apricots, and we’re going to discuss them all in this post alongside the associated benefits and drawbacks so you can find the right freezing method for you.
When To Freeze Fresh Apricots
You should aim to freeze your fresh apricots as soon as they have been picked or purchased from the store. This will help you to preserve the nutritional content of the fruit.
If your fresh apricots are starting to show signs of going bad (what to look for below) then it’s best not to freeze them and instead look to consume them within 24 – 48 hours. Here are my favorite fresh apricot recipes.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Fresh Apricots
To begin freezing fresh apricots you’ll first want to cut the apricot in half and remove the pit.
To prevent enzymatic browning when the fruit is exposed to oxygen I’d suggest using an ascorbic acid solution.
Next, you’ll want to consider cutting your fresh apricots further. Whether you do this will likely depend on how you plan to use them at a later date and your storage solutions.
Once cut (or uncut) lay your fruit down on a tray and sprinkle with sugar this will help preserve the colour, flavour and texture of the fresh apricots.
Then you can either flash freeze them on the baking tray for 4 – 12 hours before transferring them to a container – reducing the likelihood of the fruit pieces freezing together.
Alternatively, you can simply transfer the pieces of fresh apricot straight to a container and freeze from there – this will likely result in some of the pieces freezing together.
How To Defrost Fresh Apricots
To thaw out frozen fresh apricots simply place the fruit in a bowl or on a plate and in the refrigerator overnight – or for around 12 hours.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a slightly quicker way to thaw fresh apricots consider putting them in the microwave, set to defrost for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds check on the fruit and repeat the process as many times as needed until the apricots are thawed.
I recommend thawing them in this manner on a plate instead of in a bowl and in single layers as stacking the apricots on top of one and other will lead to the apricots on the top heating up from the microwave while the apricots on the bottom of the stack are still frozen.
Finally, you can opt to transfer your frozen apricots into a colander and rinse under ice-cold water until thawed – this is my favorite method.
Alternatively, you can the container in a large bowl of ice water and change the ice every 10 to 15 minutes until the fruit is fully defrosted. This is ideal if you don’t have the time to stand at the sink and instead want to use your time to prep other ingredients that may be being used in your recipe.
How To Tell If Your Apricots Have Gone Bad
It’s relatively easy to see if your apricots are going or have already gone bad based on their texture, colour and smell.
Apricots that are beginning to show signs of deterioration will become incredibly soft. They’ll also develop some dark bruised spots and may start to split and juices ooze (it actually looks as gross as it sounds imo).
Finally, your apricots will develop mold, which if they haven’t already will lead to a really strong horrible odor.