Can you freeze apricots?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze apricots?” Also, we’ll explore how apricots can be frozen, what the nutritional content of apricots is, and what are the health benefits of eating apricots? 

Can you freeze apricots

Yes, it is possible to freeze apricots and in the process, extend their shelf life. 

It is a handy alternative that allows for the storage of large volumes, which often come by when users buy in bulk, or when they’ve been harvested. 

Freezing allows for long-term storage and can help users reduce the waste in their kitchen, and optimize resources. 

Below, we’ll review a few key outlines users can follow for freezing apricots. 

How can I freeze apricots

Apricots can be frozen whole, cut down the middle, or after they’ve been processed into a paste or spread. 

Freezing whole apricots may involve (depending on their size) wrapping each one in at least two layers of cling wrap, before placing them in a quality freezer bag and storing them at a subzero temperature. 

However, freezing will alter the flesh on them as the water content will crystallize and rupture the strands in the apricot’s flesh. As a result, when they’ve thawed, they may have a mushy texture. 

Alternatively, apricots can be sliced into halves or slices, and have the stone removed before being lined up on a baking sheet and then flash-frozen. 

Flash freezing is done to make the apricots solidify and prevent them from sticking together. After they’ve been frozen they can then be transferred to a container or tight-sealing freezer bag. 

The other method for preserving apricots involves processing them into a paste. This can be done by mixing the apricots with lemon juice, pectin, and other ingredients in a crockpot and slow-cooking them, or simply by cooking the apricot without any other ingredients. 

The resulting paste can then be scooped into sterile canning jars or sterilized Tupperware, and then frozen after being simmered in a hot bath. 

Frozen, apricots can be preserved for up to four months, and they can be defrosted simply by taking them out of storage and using them in cooking or other food preparations.

A frozen apricot paste can be defrosted by letting the filled canning jars sit in a tub of warm water, or by leaving it over the countertop to thaw out. If it’s a rather large jar (such as 20 ounces or more) it can be left to thaw out overnight in the fridge.   

What is the nutritional content of apricots

On average, a 35-gram portion of apricot will provide: 

  • 17 calories
  • 0.5 grams of protein
  • 0.1 grams of fat – which is monounsaturated
  • 3.9 grams of carbohydrates
  • 0.3 milligrams of sodium
  • 91 milligrams of potassium

Additionally, the same serving will provide 13% of the suggested daily intake (SDI) of vitamin A,  5.8% of vitamin C, 0.3% of the SDI of calcium, and 0.8% of the SDI of iron. 

What are the health benefits of eating apricots? 

The health benefits of eating apricots include being a source of health-promoting phytocompounds, vitamins, and minerals, and being low in sugars, fat, and overall calories.

Apricots are a source of various antioxidant compounds, whose ingestion is associated with decreased risks of cancer, type II diabetes, heart disease, cognitive disorders, fatty liver disease, atherosclerosis, and many other metabolic disorders. 

Additionally, apricots are a source of dietary fiber, which promotes and stimulates digestive health. 

The carotenoids present in apricot also stimulate ocular health and reduce the risk of damage caused by oxidative stress to the retinas and lenses. 

The antioxidant alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) in apricots is also associated with skin health and can reduce the damage to skin cells caused by ionizing radiation, free radicals, and the elements such as the sun, air pollution, and other types.

The potassium found in apricots can also help users maintain healthy blood pressure levels, which reduces the risk of kidney and heart disease. 

Apricots are a healthy food that can easily stand in for other products that have a high amount of added sugars, fat, and calories, which means they can be consumed in stringent weight-loss diets. 

To summarize, apricots are healthy and provide many benefits that users can reap by incorporating them into their diet. 

Other FAQs about Apricot that you may be interested in.

Can you eat apricots when pregnant?

Can you eat apricot skin?

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze apricots?” Also, we’ve explored how apricots can be frozen, what the nutritional content of apricots is, and what are the health benefits of eating apricots? 

References 

https://www.wikihow.com/Freeze-Apricots

https://www.glad.com/food-protection/protection-pointers/how-to-store-apricots/

https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-apricots

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/apricots-benefits

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antioxidants-explained#what-they-are

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/apricot-benefits

https://www.healthline.com/health/all-about-vitamin-e

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