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Berries at the ready

At risk of stating the obvious...tasty uses for frozen fruit

by Kimberly Mears, founder of Bumble Box

At this time of year, we crave berries.

Given the air miles fresh berries would rack up on their way to our shelves in London, we instead turn to the frozen variety at this time of year. Sceptical?

Apparently, frozen fruits and veg often have the same nutritional value as their fresh siblings. Why? Because they're frozen within hours of being picked whereas during the off season, fresh fruits and vegetables spend many days or weeks traveling to the store with their nutritional value degrading each day.

So, what to do with those frozen berries?

Smoothies!

Whenever you have an overripe banana lying about, pop it into the freezer. Instead of baking banana bread, use those frozen bananas as a natural sweetener for berry smoothies. As with any smoothie, you'll need:

  • something frozen: bananas & berries in this case
  • something sweet: frozen bananas in this case, but agave syrup, honey and maple syrup are nice options, too
  • something wet: we typically pop in ~100ml of yogurt or apple juice, but any sort of juice or milk would do
Don't have berries? Stick with frozen bananas, milk and maple syrup--it's another of our crew's favourites.

Yogurt topping

Defrost a few frozen berries in a dish overnight. Pop the berries and their juices over your yogurt and they'll be just as delicious as fresh.

Eton mess

Sick of stewed apple? Turn your eye toward the freezer and grab those frozen berries for a midwinter Eton Mess. Just defrost the berries fully before popping them in.

Cherry Upside Down Cake

Frozen cherries are delicious. Grab some to make this favourite dessert.

Have a favourite use for frozen berries? Send us a line at k[at]bumblebox.co.uk.

Kimberly is the founder of Bumble Box. Bumble Box family activity kits are designed to bring families together. We catch animals' footprints in the sand, give the trees a shake to see what's living in there, host a Family Olympics, plant a fairy garden, race homemade boats in the stream...you get the drift. Together, we'll make it through your family-time bucket list.

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