My biggest shopping day of the month just past. The result…A Whole Lotta Fruit! It was on sale and I can’t pass a great sale. I planned on freezing it to be able to make smoothies. I love smoothies but I hate removing multiple containers and bags from the freezer to make my combinations. Therefore, I came up with a way to avoid the extra work. I made smoothie bags. (I guess it was still a little work involved.)
First, I washed and cut the fruit. It was all placed on parchment paper, which was on top of a cookie sheet. (Wax paper would probably work better. Place the entire cookie sheet in the freezer. Mine only stayed about an hour.Try to avoid skipping this step or your fruit will be smushed and mushy.
Cut a food storage bag (Food Saver) at the 6in. mark. That should be the 3rd mark on the side of the bag or one line visible in the middle. Look just above my hand an you will see what I am referring to.
Cut the bag up the middle.
Using only the “seal” option on your Food Saver or other machine, seal one side of the bag.
Turn your bag and seal another side. You should now have a bag that is open on one side. It should be about 5.5 x 6in.
I put a handful of fruit in my bags. Make sure you leave enough of the bag hanging off the end so the machine can suck the air out.
Voila! Smoothie bags. Need another tip for making your smoothies taste great in less time? Keep reading.
I like to think I am the queen of discounts. If not, don’t burst my bubble. Please let me believe. I always find baby food that is marked down. I like to by it and use it when cooking. Admitingly, I like to eat the pureed peaches. Don’t judge. Their great!
These jars cost $.45. When we saw them, my mom said, “You could use these in smoothies.” Her bright light bulb made mine brighten as well. Since smoothies need that extra thickness and extra flavor is always great, I thought, “Why not make smoothie cubes?”
I poured/spooned the jars of food into ice cube trays and froze them. Once they are completely frozen, they will be placed in future smoothie bags as a flavor boost.
Another suggestion is to freeze yogurt cubes. The only thing you will need for your smoothie that isn’t frozen is juice or whatever liquid you use. I hope this helps someone else because it surely helps me. Let me know what you think. I am also taking suggestions.