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How do you use frozen fruit?

I'm always passing by the frozen berries at TJ's and thinking I should find some use for them in the winter. Any suggestions on what you do? Thank you!

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  1. Smoothies. Use frozen berries, mango chunks, or whatever instead of ice cubes.

    1. as alanbarnes said, they're perfect for smoothies.

      you can use them in any baking recipe that calls for berries....and you don't need to thaw them first.

      i also like to heat them in the microwave or a saucepan until they're nice & warm & they release their liquid...then pour over yogurt or cottage cheese. yum.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        ditto, but also as a topping for my morning oatmeal. :)

        I also use frozen blueberries in my muffins, I roll them in a bit of flour before adding them to the batter (seems to help prevent streaking).

        1. re: maplesugar

          "I roll them in a bit of flour before adding them to the batter (seems to help prevent streaking)."
          ~~~~~~~~
          it also keeps them from sinking to the bottom - this helps for chocolate chips too.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            When adding frozen fruit to batters try waiting to the last minute and then cook immediately to minimize streaking.

      2. Mango Margaritas, Strawberry Margaritas, Peach Margaritas..... or for a change of pace, you can make dacquris

        1. As an alternative to maple syrup on pancakes, waffles & french toast.
          Swirled into a muffin batter, pound cake batter or cheesecake to marble the batter
          Inside crepes
          Topped on ice cream
          Grilled cheese & jam sandwiches

          1. Yes, smoothies--I use it along with fresh fruit as the ice...

            1. Like previous posters, I use them in smoothies, over waffles, yogurt, or as a crepe filling. I also nuke them and pour them warm over oatmeal or mix them with yogurt and grape nuts.

              1. I like the wild blueberries in buttermilk muffins. YUM.

                Also, the frozen pineapple tidbits (such a funny term!) plus some light coconut milk and a splash of malibu and lime make a nice drink. Very orange-julius in texture.

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                1. re: Vetter

                  Blueberry Muffins! I'm picking up some berries today at Trader Joe's. Thanks for the ideas. I think I'll start with blueberry muffins for Valentine's Day. That would be a nice way to start the day.

                  1. re: DaisyM

                    Yum! Just make sure not to go overboard with the blueberries.. last time I tripled the amount of berries called for and i got piles of mush instead of muffins :)

                    I buy a lot of frozen fruit for smoothies and snacks. I love eating the frozen cubes of mango or pineapple straight from the freezer. My aunt used to make a fruit sauce of frozen fruit with ginger and poured it over ice cream- it was amazing.

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      cheesecake, that's good advice on watching the blueberry proportions because they do release some extra water...when i tried to increase the amount too much, i also ended up with very "moist" muffins ;)

                      FYI, i solved the problem by adding some dried blueberries along with the frozen. great results.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        that would absorb the extra water.. as long as you don't soak them beforehand. i usually soak mine in orange juice.

                        speaking of dried bluberries- TJ's has great ones.

                            1. re: cheesecake17

                              if you need an alternative, the "Flavor Tree" brand at WFM is pretty good, and not too pricey. in fact, whenever TJ's is out of the dried fruit, nuts or seeds i need, that's what i get instead.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                thanks! i'll look at those next time i'm at WF. i bought fresh blueberries this week at the chinese supermarket- 2 small boxes for $1!!

                2. I turn them into a fruit crisp. Just put the frozen berries into a cassarole dish, toss with a little sugar if necessary (I do with cranberries, but don't with blueberries or strawberries), and top with a simple crisp or cobbler topping. I mix 1c oats, 1/2c flour, 1/2c brown sugar, pinch of salt, some spices, and cut in 1/2 stick cold butter. Then bake for 50-60 minutes at 350. Delicious and really really easy.

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                  1. re: RosemaryHoney

                    I was hoping someone was going to say they can be used for a crips. I'm going to make a blueberry crisp. That will be a nice surprise in the middle of winter. I never thought of using cranberries for a crsip. That sounds really, really good.

                    1. re: DaisyM

                      I mix frozen blueberries into an apple crisp. The whole dish turns such a pretty color.

                      1. re: DaisyM

                        Daisy, i'm sorry i didn't clarify. when i posted above that they work in "any baking recipe," i meant that to include crisps, crumbles, pies and tarts...we all just sort of got off on a muffin tangent here :)

                        they certainly will work in a crisp. my apologies!

                    2. My breakfast: sliced banana, homemade yogurt, previoiusly frozen blackberries, honey, milk.

                      1. Frozen cherries: microwave briefly until just defrosted, put on top of vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream...tastes rich and super-fattening!

                        1. Blender with a touch of lemon juice and superfine sugar, strain the seeds out and you have a great topping for plain yogurt that knocks the socks off Dannon

                          1. I turn them into jam. No pectin needed -- just sugar and a bit of lemon juice. Microwave, cool, refrigerate. One bag yields one nice-sized jar of jam. It tastes fresh, and I don't have to make a dozen jars at a time. Not to mention picking, washing, prepping berries. Yeah, I'm lazy...

                            1. Make a compote and serve over plain yogurt (better, cheaper, less sugar than store-bought fruit yogurts). I've been doing this a lot lately. Also make a refreshing fruit cooler.. yes this requires some sugar but you can control how much and it's so much better than drinking sodas. And of course, smoothies.

                              1. Make a package of jello but instead of the cup of cold water, use 1-1/2 cups of frozen berries. Spoon into individual glasses/bowls and chill. Great topped with whipped cream that has been spiked with rum or liqueur.

                                1. chop them up in a food processor, add a 4-5 dollops of vanilla yogurt, add some honey to taste and you have fresh frozen yogurt!