Wanting to learn how to freeze mango for smoothies? – Then you’ve come to the right place.
It’s no secret that mango is a smoothie favourite. However, when you can only buy it fresh from the store it’s hard to preserve for a long time.
For this reason, I’ve developed multiple ways in which I choose to freeze mango for smoothies.
Hopefully, some of these ideas will help you freeze mango of your own for use at a later date.
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 Mango For Smoothies
Start by washing your mango and patting it dry.
Next, peel the skin from your mango. This can be tricky. I tend to use a vegetable peeler, a lot of patience and some practice.
Chopping the skin away is one option but you do tend to lose a lot of mango in the process so do practice peeling away the skin where you can.
Side note: Some people find it easier to peel a mango after blanching – give it a try and see if that works for you.
Then, cut the mango into small chunks. Everyone seems to have a different method of cutting a mango, I personally like this one.
Now is the time you’ll want to cut away any bruises or ‘mushy’ parts from your mango.
I recommend cutting your mango into half centimetre chunks.
These will both preserve when freezing better and be easier to blend into your smoothie at a later date.
Once all your mango is cut, lay the pieces out on a baking tray and pop the tray in the freezer for around four hours.
This is known as flash freezing.
After four hours remove the baking tray and transfer your single, lightly frozen mango pieces into a suitable container or freezer bag.
Be sure to write the contents and the date you froze the item on the container or freezer bag – it’s so easy to forget, trust me!
How To Defrost Frozen Mango Pieces
There are a number of ways you can defrost frozen mango pieces.
How you choose to do it is likely to depend on how quickly you would like to use the mango in a smoothie or other recipe.
The slowest, but also the method that preserves the vitamins and benefits of the mango the most is by simply moving your mango chunks from the freezer to the fridge.
Allowing the mango to defrost naturally overnight, or for around 12 hours throughout the day.
Side note: Be sure to pop a towel down under your mango to ensure that any water residue doesn’t leak all over your fridge.
Alternatively, you can defrost your mango much quicker by placing it under cold running water for around ten minutes.
You can either have the water running over the bag or the container or pop your mango chunks into a strainer and have the water rinse over the pieces that way.
Be sure not to put the tap on full stream to avoid damaging the mango.
Finally, if you’re wanting to defrost your mango quickly you can do so in the microwave.
The majority of modern microwaves have a defrost setting.
Simply set your microwave to defrost and pop the mango in for 30 seconds.
After 30 seconds remove the mango and check to see if it’s been defrosted.
Repeat this method if it hasn’t.
Be sure when defrosting the mango in this way you only do a small amount of mango at a time on a single layer.
Otherwise, you’ll risk heating the mango chunks on the top of the pile, while the ones on the bottom remain frozen.