How To Freeze Mango
When freezing mango, there are three main approaches. You can opt to freeze it whole. You can freeze it in pieces. The final approach is to freeze in a sugar syrup to extend its life even further.
We’ve covered all three below:
How to Freeze Whole Mango
Whole mangoes are easy to freeze. They are small enough to fit inside a sealed bag.
- Bag Up
Place a few mangoes into a resealable bag and seal. As you seal the bag, try to remove as much air as possible.
Label with the date and then freeze! Easy!
This might be the easiest approach to take, but it certainly isn’t the best approach. Instead, we’ve outlined two far more superior ways to go about freezing mango (they do take a little more work, however).
How to Freeze Mango Pieces
Freezing mango pieces is actually the approach we would recommend taking as it makes it far easier to defrost as much or as little as you need at a given time.
It’s important not to cut mango pieces too small. When frozen, they become brittle and will break off into small, useless pieces.
- Prepare Mango
Slice mango into pieces and discard the pit. Decide how you will use the frozen mango to determine the size. Cubed? Slices?
- Flash Freeze
Place cut mango on a lined shallow baking sheet in a single row, so they do not touch each other. Put the mango in the freezer for at least four hours to freeze. It is recommended that you let them freeze overnight.
- Bag Up
Once frozen, remove it from the tray. The mango should be solid, and you can use a spatula or spoon for popping the mango off the sheet. Put the frozen mango pieces into a sealable freezer bag.
- Final Freeze
Add a label with the date and pop the bag back into the freezer.
How to Freeze Mango in Sugar Syrup
Although not quite as healthy, adding sugar syrup to your mango can preserve them even longer. If you want to keep the mango in the freezer for beyond a year then give this technique a go:
- Prepare Mango
Slice up your mango into your preferred size and shape. Just don’t cut them too small.
- Make Syrup
Make the sugar syrup which is super easy. Lukewarm water and sugar are all you need. Add just enough sugar to the water, so when it dissolves, the water is still clear upon stirring.
- Add Mango
Add the cut mango to the sugar syrup.
- Portion Out
Portion the mango to fit your needs when thawed into a plastic container or a resealable bag. Remove air from the bag.
Label and place in the freezer. This technique will preserve the mango if you’re planning on freezing it for longer than a year.
3 Tips for Freezing Mango
Now you know how to freeze mango, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing it to have the best results:
- Avoid Freezing Whole if Possible – Whole mango might freeze well, but it does make it a bit awkward to use in future. Not only that, but it will take up an unnecessary amount of space in the freezer. Instead, try cutting your mango up first.
- Flash Freeze Pieces – If you are freezing chunks of mango then it’s a good idea to flash freeze it beforehand. This can prevent the pieces from sticking together, making it far easier to grab a portion as you go.
- Preserve in Sugar – If you’re not worried about the health benefits being diminished, then freezing mango in sugar syrup can extend the life even further.
How Long Can You Freeze Mango?
Whole mangoes can stay frozen for up to two years if safely stored in a sealable bag.
Cut mangoes that are safely stored in an oxygen-free environment can stay frozen for 6 to 12 months. Mango that is soaked in sugar syrup before being frozen has a frozen life of 12 to 16 months providing there is no freezer burn.
You Can Freeze Mango for Around a FULL Year
How Do You Defrost Mango?
To defrost a whole mango, take it out of the freezer and leave it out at room temperature for about 2 hours. Once the mango is softened, cut the mango, and if there are no signs of discolouration, the mango is still in good condition.
To defrost mango slices and mango soaked in sugar syrup, here are 3 options:
- Defrost mango portions in the fridge. This will take about 8 hours or overnight.
- Defrost mango in cold water. Putting frozen portions of mango in a pot of cold water will defrost in about 2 to 3 hours.
- Defrost mango by doing nothing at all! Remove mango from the freezer and use it immediately in dishes or smoothies!
Can You Refreeze Mango?
It’ll be perfectly safe to do so in most cases, but you need to remember that you are likely to ruin the texture when you refreeze any product.
If using the mango in smoothies, this shouldn’t pose too much of an issue. Having said that, refreezing mano can also draw out more of the moisture, making the mango a little bland.
If you can avoid refreezing it, then that is the best approach to take.
Does Mango Freeze Well?
Frozen mango and fresh mango have no variance in taste. Unless the mango has become freezer burnt, mango should freeze well.
Mango is the perfect frozen food for smoothies. The only thing that freezing mango may alter is the fruit’s texture, making it a little mushier when it’s thawed.
The good news is that the nutritional value of mango does not change between frozen and fresh!
If you’ve still got questions about freezing mango or mango in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Fruit Salad?
You certainly can. But, be warned that there will be a texture change when you freeze any fruit.
We would recommend using frozen fruit salads for blending into sauces or for creating smoothies. You can mix frozen mango, pineapple and banana to create the ultimate tropical smoothie mix ready to go direct from the freezer.
Can You Freeze Mango Puree?
Yes! We would recommend using the ice cube tray method here to freeze cubes of mango puree. Spoon your mango puree into an ice cube tray, freeze for a few hours then pop the cubes out to store in a freezer bag.
Can You Freeze Mango Salsa?
Mango salsa is something that freezes well. You need to bag it up into portions, seal and freeze. That’s all there is to it. When you thaw it out, you may need to dress it with a little more juice or oil to loosen it up, but that’s about it.
Can You Freeze Mango Lassi?
Mango lassi can be frozen, but it’s something we would advise against. The dairy content is likely to freeze at a different rate causing the lassi to split. Freezing mango lassi will result in grainy, lumpy and unenjoyable lassi. Instead, try to only have it fresh.