Let’s see how to freeze mango to efficiently save flavour and texture to the fruit.
Mango is a great fruit to eat on its own, part of a fruit salad or even used as a sauce or in a recipe.
This technique allows us to store the mango in the freezer and use it when necessary.
This will help you make the most of a reduced food find and also help with staggering the fruit to last through the other seasons.
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
Start by cutting the mango, the most efficient way to cut a mango is cutting it into 3 parts. Using the longest length cut down vertically to make 3 sections.
Pull the sections apart, revealing the pit in the middle. Leave that to one side and concentrate on the side pieces where the main flesh is.
Cut across horizontally and vertically to create squares, using your knife only going deep to touch the skin. Push the skin inwards to push the flesh outwards.
Scrape off the pieces using a fork or spoon into a bowl.
Once you have cut all the flesh from the mango place on a baking tray or pan lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper/freezer paper.
Make sure you tray fits in the freezer before laying out the mango pieces.
Spread the chunks around so that there are no clumps or any pieces stuck together.
Place in the freezer for 24 hours or until you feel it is completely frozen. Best way is to leave it in overnight and transfer in the morning.
Once your chunks are frozen place them into ziploc bags and remove all the air. I recommend ziploc bags as they are better at keeping the air out and keeping the fruit fresher for longer.
Remove all the air from the bag before placing back in the freezer. Remember to write on the contents and date of freezing.
How To Defrost Mango
Like anything defrosting can take some time. Mango especially takes longer than other fruits.
There are a couple of ways in which you can defrost mango.
The most common and most recommended is removing the bag of mango from the freezer and placing it in the fridge to naturally thaw overnight.
The similar temperatures from the freezer to the fridge give better results.
Another way is to defrost mango is to use cold water from the tap. Fill a bowl and submerge the fruit in it, I would advise to keep the fruit in the bag and leave to defrost.
It should take roughly 3 – 4 hours depending on the quantity of what you are defrosting.
The last way to defrost the mango is to use it as it is. If you are using it to cook you can throw it in as it is or use it within smoothies where the fruit doesn’t require defrosting.