How to Freeze Kiwifruit for Frozen Treats
Temperatures are warming up — summer is almost here! That means you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather.
And there’s no better way to celebrate the sun than with Zespri SunGold and Green Kiwifruit. Not only are they both a delicious, but they’re a great way to get more than your daily dose of energizing vitamin C and skin-protecting vitamin E.
If you’re a fan of frozen treats during the summer, you might be wondering if there are any kiwifruit options available for you.
You’re in luck!
Can You Freeze Kiwifruit?
Yes, you can! For those wondering how to preserve your ripe kiwifruit, freezing is the perfect answer. Not only will it help you enjoy the sweet flavor of SunGold kiwifruit longer, but it’s also necessary for many kiwi dessert recipes, like our SunGold Kiwifruit Sorbet, Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles, and other frozen kiwi recipes.
As we mentioned before, ripe green kiwifruit will last up to five days and SunGold™ Kiwifruit lasts up to seven days in the fridge. Storing in the fridge will slow down the ripening process of kiwifruit. But freezing offers the best way to prolong its shelf life even more.
How To Freeze Kiwifruit
What is the best way to freeze kiwifruit? Can you freeze kiwifruit whole, without cutting or slicing? Certainly! But we recommend starting with ripe kiwifruit and then cutting and slicing the kiwi before freezing.
Store the sliced kiwifruit in a ziplock bag. Gently press out the excess air in the bag before sealing the bag shut. Place the bag as flat as possible in the freezer.
If you have a lot of kiwifruit to store, you can use air-tight freezer containers, lined with non-stick baking parchment. If you need to stack your kiwi slices, be sure to use the non-stick parchment paper between the layers. Don’t forget to use a final layer of parchment paper to finish the job!
Other Tips for Using Frozen Kiwifruit
For long-term freezing, consider using ziplock bags instead of plastic containers. Sliced kiwifruit should be exposed to as little air as possible when storing.
To preserve the color and flavor of your kiwifruit, sprinkle the sliced pieces with a bit of sugar before freezing. You won’t need to use a lot, but if you’re watching your sugar intake, you can opt for fruit preservative powder instead of sugar.
Don’t leave frozen kiwifruit at room temperature to defrost. Frozen kiwifruit is best consumed immediately in smoothies and other frozen recipes.
Frozen Kiwifruit Recipes
Dark Chocolate Covered Kiwi Pops. Our Dark Chocolate Covered Kiwi Pops are a great treat for chocolate lovers — and they are incredibly easy to make!
- Simply peel and cut ripe SunGold kiwifruit into slices, about 1-inch thick. Thread popsicle sticks into the kiwi slices. Be careful to insert them far enough to hold the fruit but not too far that you pierce through the other end.
- Lay on flat sheet pan covered in foil and freeze the kiwifruit until they are solid — about 4 hours should do.
- For the chocolate: Use either dark chocolate or cacao chips sweetened with stevia. Melt 3/4th cup and stir in one (1) tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil to the melted chocolate while it’s hot. The coconut oil adds a bit of coconut flavor and thins out the chocolate, making it more smooth.
- Dip the frozen kiwifruit slices in the melted chocolate. The chocolate will harden almost immediately.
- As an added bonus, you can sprinkle with unsweetened shredded coconut.
Serve and enjoy! You can also wrap in plastic and refreeze the kiwi chocolate pops to enjoy later without losing any texture or flavor.
This recipe works great with the sun-drenched tropical flavor of Zespri SunGold kiwifruit; however, the tangy kick of Zespri Green kiwifruit can add an extra layer of zest that perfectly complements the dark chocolate!
Frozen Kiwi Fruit Skewers. An even simpler fun frozen kiwi treat for you and your family combines the tropical flavor of Zespri SunGold with other fruits that you probably also love: grapes, honeydew, watermelon, and pineapple.
We know what you’re thinking: Can you freeze watermelon? Can you freeze pineapple? Honeydew?
Yes, you can — especially for short-term use.
- Start out by cutting the watermelon, pineapple, and honeydew into cubes. Try to cube them all into the same size.
- Leave the grapes whole but cut the kiwifruit into half moons.
- Carefully skewer the fruit to your liking.
- Place the skewers in the freezer and freeze for about an hour.
Serve and enjoy!
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Whether you need to store kiwifruit for a long time, or you just want to enjoy tasty frozen kiwi treats that are also packed with nutrition, freezing kiwifruit is a great solution!