Saturday, August 29, 2009

Working on the Secret to A Fast Smoothie!

Ok, this is an in-progress post and we hope to figure out this challenge soon. The goal is to figure out a way to make smoothies that doesn't take forever and is healthy and delicious. We also found ourselves with an abundance of fresh fruit that was ripening before we could eat it!

So, we decided to take a cue from a new product we recently saw and freeze our fresh fruit. This way, it would be ready to be blended into a smoothie! So we cut and froze white peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and melon all at once and put them in airtight glass containers.


Now what would have been ideal would be to simulate individually quick frozen (IQF) products. If you buy frozen products, you will have noticed that some packages of frozen pasta and vegetables have individually frozen pieces that don’t stick together. The food industry calls that IQF or individually quick frozen where the pieces are quickly frozen individually so that they don't freeze into one giant block or clump together. It's great for portioning frozen food without have to thaw it first.


You may also remember the boxes of frozen vegetables that are one giant block such as peas or mixed vegetables. Yeah, that’s not IQF and that’s essentially what we did. We made blocks of frozen fruit and even though they would be blended, they weren’t easily released from the glass containers.

So, we added the blueberry and strawberries, releasing them with a bit of chipping, added a very ripe banana and some fresh pomegranate juice. A bit of blending in the Vitamix and…


We had a deep purple-licious smoothie. It was really really good!

But it wasn’t as simple as we had hoped. So, for round two, I’m thinking about freezing the exact proportion of fruit in a Ziploc for easy release. We could freeze them individually on a cookie sheets but that seems like too much trouble for something that will be blended. And we will be experimenting with adding milk vs juice. Stay tuned.

7 comments:

PleaseRecycle said...

I haven't found any way to freeze fruit so it won't stick except the cookie sheet method. If you keep a container in the freezer and just add bits of fruit here and there when you have leftovers, the cookie sheet method isn't so time consuming.

On the milk v. juice- I like to add a little juice or water and then some silken tofu or plain (dairy or soy) yogurt. The yogurt adds a little zing for sure!

gail franssen said...

I always add some Kefir and a little sugar if necessary.

Frankie B said...

This isn't hard. Just break off some of the frozen fruit. (Use your food muscles!) Use a little juice or water so that the blender motor (Vitamix...please...) doesn't burn out.

And, um, what's easier than throwing some stuff in a blender and flipping a switch? If you find something easier, I know a good patent attorney...

emk said...

I love the Goya frozen pureed mango pulp and by throwing that in a blender with some water and a banana you get terrific smoothie. I wonder if it might be good to simulate at home - puree and then freeze fresh fruit smoothed down flat in a bag, and do some other fruits in chunks in bags...now I want to try.

thisislarry said...

I use fresh fruit and ice cubes, instead of frozen fruit. I cant taste the difference between that and frozen fruit, but it might just be me. I

t's worth trying anyways, as its super easy as long as you have a supply of ice around.

stompypuppy said...

I second the cookie sheet method. They don't even need a long time - just about an hour until the outsides freeze and you can put them in a ziplock. I tried doing the individual portions, but it still makes large unblendable chunks, so I think cookie sheet is still the way to go.

nicola said...

my kids LOVE smoothies. it is one way to get my picky toddler to eat things he won't otherwise consume. i kid you not, i put things like cauliflower and sweet potato into smoothies. spinach juice, anyone? throw in berries and banana and all color and flavor is masked. i find frozen fruit (store bought or home frozen fresh) to be ideal for smoothies!
nicola
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