Giving "frozen fresh" a whole new meaning.
Fresh Plums
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In the cold months of winter, there's nothing we crave more than a bite of juicy fresh fruit. That's why we're planning ahead and freezing our extra farmers' market produce now. Freezing plums is as easy as can be, and the fruit wedges will last up to six months in your freezer. Use your frozen plums to make jam or preserves, add them into smoothies, or eat the wedges straight out of the freezer for a cool treat. Here's how you can freeze plums to enjoy all year long.

1. Make sure your plums are ripe.

You'll want to freeze plums at their peak of freshness. Bite into one to make sure it's nice and juicy before freezing a whole batch.

2. Rinse, cut, and pit your plums.

Cut your plums into wedges and remove the pits. You can keep the skins on or off. It's up to you.

3. Space them out.

Place your plum wedges on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap or wax paper. Space the plums apart so they are not touching and can freeze individually. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for an hour until the plums are solid.

4. Transfer to a freezer bag.

After an hour in the freezer, your plum slices should feel firm. At this point, you can remove them from the baking sheet and pack the slices together in a plastic freezer bag. To prevent freezer burn, ensure that the bag is sealed tightly with no air trapped inside.

Your frozen plums will be good for up to six months, providing a much-welcome treat come wintertime. The sliced freezing method is great for storing frozen plums for an extended period of time, but one of our favorite summer hacks is freezing our plums whole. All you need to do is wash the plums and place the whole fruits in a plastic bag in the freezer. Bite into these whole frozen plums for an instantly refreshing burst of cool juice. It's like an all-natural popsicle.

Plums aren't the only fresh produce we're freezing. You can freeze fresh corn, strawberries, fresh herbs, and even peaches to enjoy all year long.