“ Brand: Asda / Type: Other Fruits „
We eat an awful lot of fruit in our house, we always have bananas, oranges and red / green apples, but then each week I try and buy a few different types of fruit, depending on the supermarket prices at that time and what is in season, so these include mango's, pineapple, grapes, plums, nectarines etc... I find that these fruits are usually demolished in the first 24-48 hours, regardless of the quantities I have brought, the poor sad green apples generally are the last to go but my husband is not very adventurous as so the staple fruits keep him happy.
Therefore by mid week post shop, my 2 fruit bowls begin to look a lot less exciting. That's where my frozen fruit comes in. Bought quite cheaply, every supermarket seems to have its own variety of fruits in the freezer compartments. I like to pour them frozen into Tupperware containers (absolutely must be watertight as defrosting does create some liquid and there's nothing worse than a bag full of red juices) and take with me a low fat yogurt which at lunchtime I pour over my fruits. A really tasty and healthy lunchtime treat.
I also defrost at home and with a scoop of ice cream or if want a really big treat with a meringue.
The fruit can be bought in many varieties, raspberries, blackberries, cherries.....
Asda currently do a slice rhubarb, summer fruits and a black forest fruits for £2 for 500g and 350g of blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries for £2.
The cheaper way
I always freeze excess fruit grown in the garden and also the excess produce given to me by my parents and inlaws when it comes into season. The strawberries are particularly nice as when defrosted taste stewed and absolutely gorgeous with yogurt or ice cream.
Giving frozen fruit a 5 DY score. It never goes off or gets wasted. Although I need to buy now, later in the year I will be able to stock up from home grown and its a healthy treat.
As a lot of you know by now Dave and I are following the Slimming World healthy eating programme and as part of our yummy things to eat I have been buying frozen raspberries from Tesco costing £2.22 for 400g.
The other week I was doing some shopping in Asda for a change and noticed that their frozen raspberries cost just £1 for 350g representing quite a saving over Tesco's.
I have been buying these because one of Dave's favourite fruits is raspberries but of course they are not in season at the moment. Fresh raspberries are available in supermarkets but I am guessing that they wouldn't have much taste. I have tried strawberries out of season and they are tasteless!
This is no problem as most supermarkets sell frozen fruits.
The raspberries are sealed in a plastic box with a cellophane peel off lid. This then has a small cardboard sleeve wrapped around it showing the information about the product. There is a blue flash on the sleeve announcing that it is 'reduced packaging'. Fair comment - the Tesco one has a cardboard sleeve which covers the whole plastic container whereas the Asda one is only a couple of inches wide but still has all the information that I need on it.
The cardboard sleeve is a deep pink - raspberry colour - so it is easy to spot the product in the freezer when doing your shopping. There is also a very appetizing picture of raspberries on the front.
It does say on the sleeve that you should defrost the raspberries for 1.5 to 2 hours at room temperature before using but as you will see I use mine straight from frozen as they defrost in the jelly.
When I buy these raspberries I always put them straight into my freezer at home as I never use the whole pack all at once. When the time comes to use some of them I just pour a few out of the plastic tray and put the rest back into the freezer ready for the next time.
To use the raspberries just slide off the cardboard sleeve, remembering to recycle if of course and peel back the cellophane from the top of the plastic box. The raspberries inside do look really good. They are whole with very few little bits and look really appetizing - in fact they look just as good as the picture on the front of the pack.
The way that I use them is to pour a few of the raspberries into my glass dishes ready to be covered by raspberry sugar free jelly and then put the rest back into the freezer. If I am a bit short of room in the freezer I pour the remaining raspberries into a freezer bag for storage which saves a bit of space. They keep perfectly well like this. Remember to recycle the plastic box when you've finished with it though!
The raspberries taste almost as good as fresh ones. I don't think you can beat the taste of fresh fruit but these do come a very close second.
The nutritional values for 100g of raspberries are as follows:
All of which is fruit sugar
Vitamin C 32mg
100g of raspberries will give you 53.3% of you recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
80g of raspberries represents one of your recommended five a day fresh fruit and vegetables.
As I have already said we use these raspberries in fruit jellies but they could equally be used on gateaux, trifles or in baking. The serving suggestion on the cardboard sleeve is that they are 'Delicious with a drizzle of cream' but I'm not too sure cream is good for our diet!
What we do is to pour Muller Light yoghurt on top of the set fruit jelly thus getting a sort of trifle which is fat free and sugar free - can't be bad eh?