Tips For Preserving Smoothies
Tips For Preserving Smoothies: Hello there food lovers! Let’s show you how to preserve that delicious and tasty smoothie, so you don’t have to feel bad about throwing it away when it gets spoiled.
First, for starters, we would share some tips for making smoothies, then we would jump right into how to preserve smoothies. Keep reading!.
TIPS FOR MAKING SMOOTHIES:
1. Use frozen fruit:
Using frozen fruit is best as it helps keeps the smoothie cold and thick. Sometimes ice doesn’t blend as well, so it’s best to skip unless absolutely necessary. Instead of ice, try using 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower.
2. Add more liquid:
Don’t be afraid to add more liquid if your smoothie is too thick or won’t fully blend. High-powered blenders tend to blend frozen fruit much better, so if you have a regular or personal size blender, you may need to add more milk.
3. Blend low first, and then blend high:
Start the blender on low speed, then gradually increase to high to help blend all ingredients. Finally, end with the blender on low speed.
4. Sweeten to your liking:
If a smoothie doesn’t taste sweet enough for your liking, you can add a 1/2 tablespoon of honey, pure maple syrup or 1 pitted date.
5. Choose your milk flavor:
Feel free to use any milk you’d like in smoothie recipes according to your preferences. Almond milk tends to have a neutral taste in smoothies, coconut milk will add a more tropical and creamy flavor, and regular milk will add a boost of protein.
To preserve your smoothies, you can use any of the three methods that we would be listing (or all), it depends on what you like or find easy to do.
The ice cube tray method
This is a way to make smoothies ahead of time. You can either choose to enjoy the smoothie right away by blending up the smoothie ice cubes, or you can allow the cubes to thaw to room temperature then simply give the smoothie a shake.
For starters, once you’ve made your smoothie, pour it into an ice cube tray so that each “cube” space is evenly filled. You can try using silicone trays for easy removal.
Next, place your ice cube tray in the freezer for a few hours, overnight, or for a day. Once you’re ready to drink your smoothie, place the smoothie cubes in a large glass with a lid (We recommend a mason jar) and transfer it to the refrigerator for about 1 hour. Then, give the glass a shake and your smoothie will be ready to drink.
You can also transfer the smoothie cubes back to your blender, add extra milk and blend, then enjoy your smoothie right away (That’s if you wish to do so). But, it can also be taken like that anyway.
The mason jar method
First, start by adding your smoothie into a jar. Now, close it with a lid. The next option would be to freeze. Place your mason jar in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to drink it, simply give it a shake if it has been in the refrigerator, or let it thaw for a few hours in the fridge or at room temperature if it has been in the freezer. You can enjoy your smoothie now.
The freezer pack smoothie
Note that there are a couple of options with this method. You can either place all of your smoothie ingredients into reusable airtight bags, or make your smoothies and place them into reusable airtight bags.
First, add it to a bag. Pour your smoothie into a reusable, airtight bag OR add all of your smoothie ingredients, besides the liquid into one bag.
Next, place the reusable bag into the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to drink it, add your frozen smoothie back to your blender with additional milk, blend, and enjoy. You may need to thaw it out a bit first.
How long can you keep a smoothie in the fridge or freezer?
1. In the fridge: You can store your smoothies or smoothie ingredients in the fridge for 1-2 days before using them.
2. In the freezer: You can store smoothies or smoothie ingredients in the freezer for up to 3 months. They’re perfect for prepping ahead of time and enjoying week after week.
There you have it, the best tips for preserving your tasty smoothies!