How To Freeze Pineapple
Pineapple doesn’t tend to last very long once it is ripe. You might be lucky and get three to four days before it starts to go bad. It is no wonder you are looking for ways to preserve it, so it lasts a little longer.
Here’s the best approach to take when freezing pineapple:
- Prepare and Cut
Prepare and cut the pineapple by cutting the top and bottom off, then peeling and cutting out the core. You should now just be left with the meat of the fruit. Cut the pineapple into either slices or chunks.
- Spread Onto a Baking Tray
Grab a baking sheet and place the cut fruit onto it. Make sure none of it is touching. It might be helpful to pop some parchment paper onto the sheet before adding the pineapple – to make sure it doesn’t stick to the baking sheet.
- Flash Freeze
Lay the baking sheet into the freezer, making sure you keep it flat. Then freeze for a few hours until the pineapple is frozen.
- Bag Up
Once it has frozen, then transfer the pineapple from the baking sheet into a freezer bag.
- Seal and Freeze
Seal the bag, label it with the contents and date, and put it back into the freezer.
How to Freeze Pineapple Juice
If you find you have pineapple juice leftover, then you can freeze this too.
- Transfer to a Container
Transfer the juice into an airtight container that is suitable for the freezer.
- Leave Room for Expansion
Make sure you leave about an inch gap at the top of the container. This is because the juice will expand when it freezes, and the container is likely to become damaged if there isn’t enough space left.
Add an extra freezer bag around the container to ensure you don’t get any messes or spills in the freezer.
Label the container and pop it into the freezer. It should last for a few months in the freezer like this.
How to Freeze Canned Pineapple
If you don’t have fresh pineapple, but you do have leftover canned pineapple, then the great thing is – you can freeze this too!
- Remove from the Tin
Take the pineapple out of the tin. Never freeze any tinned can. It isn’t good for the food, and the can might burst and become damaged in the freezer.
- Bag Up
Pop the pineapple into an airtight container or freezer bag. You can choose to freeze it in the juice or out of it but remember, if you freeze it with the juice, you will have to defrost the whole thing when it comes to using it.
- Label and Freeze
Label the container and pop it into the freezer for up to two months.
3 Tips for Freezing Pineapple
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing pineapple to have the best results:
- Flash Freezing is Vital – Flash freezing is an essential part of freezing pineapple. It makes it easier to grab a portion at a time. If you were to avoid flash freezing, you’d find it near-impossible to grab a handful of pineapple when you fancy it.
- Try Freezing in Juice – Keep pineapple extra juicy by adding a splash of juice to the bag you freeze pineapple in. This works particularly well with canned pineapple.
- Use Directly in Smoothies – Don’t both defrosting pineapple if you want to use it in smoothies. Toss it into your blend with your other ingredients and blitz as you normally would.
How Long Can You Freeze Pineapple?
If you have frozen fresh pineapple correctly then you should be able to keep it in the freezer for up to six months. This is a really handy way of always having fresh pineapple ready for your smoothies.
Grab a few chunks and pop them into your smoothie, and blend for a delicious tasting treat.
You Can Freeze Pineapple for Around 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Pineapple?
You can defrost pineapple by taking out however much you need and putting it into a bowl. Put the bowl in the fridge and let it defrost overnight.
If you are using the pineapple in smoothies, you don’t need to defrost it. Just pop the frozen chunks into your smoothie and blend it. This adds coolness and a lovely creamy texture to the smoothie. You may also be able to use frozen pineapple in some recipes too.
Another idea for a tasty and healthy snack is to eat it frozen! This is wonderful in summer for a cooling treat.
Can You Refreeze Pineapple?
Once you have defrosted pineapple then it is not recommended to refreeze it as a raw food or ingredient. Freezing and thawing does have an effect on fruit and you could end up with mushy fruit that isn’t good for you and doesn’t taste great either.
However, if you have cooked your frozen pineapple in a meal or a cake you should be able to freeze it again.
Does Pineapple Freeze Well?
It’s rare to find a food that tastes the same frozen as it did when it was fresh and pineapple is the same. If you are eating it as a raw fruit then you might notice a difference in texture. The taste should remain fine for up to six months.
For cooking or smoothies, then pineapple freezes very well. You won’t even notice a difference.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing pineapple or pineapple in general, then these may help:
Does Freezing Pineapple Destroy Bromelain?
Bromelain is reported to help with digestion which is why a lot of people take it as a supplement. Pineapple is actually a natural source of bromelain. But what happens if you freeze it?
Does freezing pineapple destroy all that bromelain? There is no evidence to suggest that bromelain is destroyed when pineapple is frozen, and studies have shown there is still a high concentration of bromelain in frozen pineapple.
Can You Freeze Cooked Pineapple?
You can freeze cooked pineapple but would only recommend doing so as part of a frozen dish such as sweet and sour chicken. If instead, you want to freeze cooked pineapple on its own, then we would actually recommend freezing the pineapple raw and cooking it afterwards to ensure it retains as much flavour and juice as possible.
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