How to preserve mangoes

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “how to preserve mangoes” and discuss the different methods used to preserve mangoes.

How to preserve mangoes

Mangoes can be preserved by:

  • Refrigerating
  • Freezing as pulp or slices
  • Dehydrating
  • Canning
  • Pickling

Mangoes will keep well at room temperature for about a week. Unripe mangoes must be kept at room temperature until they are ripe. Storing unripe mangoes inside a paper bag will speed up the ripening process. The storage temperature for unripe mangoes must be about 18 to 22 °C.

How to preserve mangoes by refrigerating

Ripe mangoes can be preserved by refrigeration. Ripe mangoes will hold up well in the refrigerator for about a week. It is better to wash and wipe whole mangoes before storing them in the refrigerator.

Ripe, cut mangoes can also be refrigerated for a few days, They must be placed in an airtight container and consumed as soon as possible for the best flavour and texture.

How to preserve mangoes by freezing

Mangoes can be preserved by freezing as slices or as pulp. Frozen mango slices can be used in desserts and frozen mango pulp can be used in drinks such as smoothies.

To preserve mango slices by freezing :

  • Select ripe but firm mangoes with no bruises.
  • Wash and wipe the mangoes.
  • Peel the mangoes and dice them into small cubes.
  • Place the cubes on a clean tray lined with parchment paper. Make sure that the pieces don’t touch each other.
  • Place the tray in the freezer until the mango pieces are completely frozen.
  • After the mango cubes are frozen, transfer them into ziplock bags.
  • Squeeze out all the air and label the bags.
  • Label and freeze the bags.

To preserve mango pulp by freezing:

  • Wash, wipe and peel the mangoes.
  • Cut off the flesh and make it into a pulp using a blender.
  • Transfer into ziplock bags.
  • Squeeze out all the air and label the bags.
  • Label and freeze the bags.

How to preserve mangoes by dehydration

Ripe mangoes can be preserved by dehydration. Dehydration removes the moisture from the mangoes which reduce the growth of microbes and increases the preservation time. 

Using a food dehydrator is the best method to dehydrate mangoes. However, mangoes can also be dehydrated in an oven. In this article, we will look at how to dehydrate mangoes in an oven.

To dehydrate mangoes in an oven:

  • Wash, wipe and peel the mangoes.
  • Slice the mangoes into thin pieces. Thinner the slices, the lower the time for dehydration.
  • Place parchment paper on the oven tray.
  • Place the mango slices on the parchment paper with space between the slices.
  • Set the oven temperature to the lowest possible setting to not burn the mangoes.
  • Flip the mango slice once every 30 – 60 minutes. This will prevent one side from getting burnt.
  • Continue dehydration until the pieces are completely dry and rubbery.
  • The average dehydration time is around 4 hours.
  • After dehydration, place the mangoes outside the oven until they cool down.
  • Transfer the dehydrated mango slices into a clean airtight container.
  • Seal and label the container and place it in a cool, dark place.

To dehydrate the mangoes using a food dehydrator, slice the mangoes as in the oven dehydration method and then follow the instructions in the dehydrator manual.

Dehydrated mangoes can be used as a healthy snack on their own or added to breakfast cereals and trail mix.

How to preserve mangoes by canning

Canning preserves ripe mangoes for a long period. Canning is done by submerging ripe mangoes in a syrup made from water, lemon juice and sugar. The canned mangoes are heated in a water bath, labelled and stored in a cool, dark place.

The ingredient quantities and complete method can be found here.

How to preserve mangoes by pickling

Raw mangoes can be preserved by pickling with the addition of spices and oils. A detailed recipe for pickling mangoes can be found here.

Shelf-life of preserved mangoes

The shelf-life depends on the preservation method.

  • Room temperature storage: 1 week.
  • Refrigeration: Several days, depending on the ripeness and quality of the mangoes.
  • Freezing: Freezing mangoes will retain their natural flavour and texture for up to a year. It is important to look out for any discolouration in the frozen mangoes.
  • Dehydration: Dehydrated mangoes will last for 6 months to 1 year when kept in a cool, dark place at room temperature. If refrigerated, dehydrated mangoes will last for 1 to 2 years.
  • Canning: When properly prepared and stored in a cool, dark place, canned mangoes last for 1 to 2 years
  • Pickling: Pickled mangoes can be stored for up to a year. The exact preservation time depends on the method used.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how to preserve mangoes” and discussed the different methods used to preserve mangoes.

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References

https://www.wikihow.com/Preserve-Mangoes#Dehydrating-Mango-in-the-Oven

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