By freezing berries, you will not only prepare for the cold season, but also save money: a technician shares his tips | food

The health benefits are undeniable

According to Rimi’s health-friendly nutrition consultant, nutritionist Dr. Edita Gavelien, bilberries are useful not only for those who control their body weight, but also for those with diabetes, because a glass of berries contains only 80 calories and relatively little sugar: “Bilberries are named as a source of selenium, zinc, manganese and iron. They are beta-carotene (especially lutein and zeaxanthin) And they also contain antioxidants, as well as vitamins C, E, A and B.

Due to its high content of antioxidants, bilberries have properties that prevent any chronic inflammation or cancer process in the human body. “Antioxidants not only have anti-inflammatory properties, but also protect the body from internal and external aging. Therefore, bilberries are one of the fruits to include in your daily diet to protect yourself from senile dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases or to slow down the aging processes of organs and skin,” says Rimi’s health-friendly nutrition consultant.

Another useful property of bilberries is that these fruits improve mood. This is because bilberries are rich in fiber, which is responsible for good bowel function, which is responsible for the happy hormone serotonin. However, you should not abuse lingonberries, it is recommended to eat about 200-300 grams of fruit per day.

RIMI Photo/Nutrition Consultant, Nutritionist Dr.  Edita Gaveliene

RIMI Photo/Nutrition Consultant, Nutritionist Dr. Edita Gaveliene

Delete or not?

Berries differ not only in their color or taste, but also in their firmness – some can be really sticky and soft, seem to crumble when touched, while others completely retain their shape even during transportation. It is important to evaluate this for freezing fruits in autumn or winter. According to Rimi’s Culinary Technician Lina Barsitite, you can juice strawberries, grapes, gooseberries, huckleberries or currants and freeze blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. It is recommended to freeze and store fruits at a temperature not lower than -18 ºC.

Experts advise to wash the berries first, dry them and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet in the freezer. After a few hours, frozen fruit can be placed in freezer boxes or bags. “It is better not to put containers with products at room temperature in the freezer, because then the fruits freeze into lumps, and when thawed they lose their shape,” advises L. Barčaitė.

It doesn’t matter whether we refrigerate mashed or whole berries, says nutritionist Dr. E. Gavelien does not advise adding sugar to them: “Although fruits lose some nutrients during freezing, they still contain antioxidants, polyphenols and minerals that are useful for humans. , therefore freezing is recognized as one of the best preservation methods.

Meanwhile, culinary experts say that even if thawed fruits lose their appearance, their taste remains and are safe to use: “I advise not to keep fruits in the freezer for a long time if you put a variety of products there. , because the fruits will absorb foreign odors in the long run.”

Frozen fruits – all seasons

Industrially frozen products are sold in supermarkets. Quick freezing is common in the food industry, as it preserves the natural texture, color and quality of products, without losing valuable natural properties.

Cherries, strawberries and raspberries are the most popular red frozen fruits among buyers in Lithuania, says Tatjana Tulinska, frozen products manager at Rimi retail chain. “Last year’s trends show that frozen foods are the fastest growing product segment. The main reason for this is the pandemic and the restrictions on the activities of catering establishments introduced as a result. “Frozen fruits are popular at all times of the year – their advantage is that consumers can buy and use natural vitamins at attractive prices not only during the berry season, but all year round.” T. Tulinska says.

Home-frozen or purchased frozen fruits can be added to fruit and berry smoothies, porridges, cakes and other desserts, flavoring table water.

Rimi suggests making a refreshing blueberry cheesecake.

recipe

Ingredients for the base:

Butter 75 grams;

Cookies 200 g.

Ingredients for Cream:

Gelatin leaves 6 pcs.;

1 tablespoon of natural blueberry juice;

2.5 spoons of whipping cream;

Blueberries 250 grams;

600 grams of cream cheese;

vanilla sugar 1 tsp;

Sugar 1 glass.

Ingredients for Decoration:

blueberries;

Mint.

Preparation:

Prepare the base. Melt the butter in a pan. Finely grind the cookies with a food processor or blender.

Mix biscuits with butter and mash well. Place the mass in a round 24 cm diameter mold with a removable edge (1 cream for cheesecake). Press the base into the bottom of the mold with wet fingers. Place the mold in the refrigerator.

Prepare the filling. Soak the gelatin sheets in cold water for about 5 minutes.

Heat the blueberry juice in a saucepan. Remove the gelatin sheets from the water and place in the bowl with the blueberry juice. Dissolve the gelatin, remove the pot from the heat and let cool slightly.

In a separate bowl, whip the cream until stiff.

Mash the blueberries with a fork and mix with the juice.

Pour the cream cheese into a bowl and keep at room temperature. When the cheese is soft, beat it with vanilla sugar and sugar. Pour the juice (gelatin and chopped blueberries) and whipped cream into the cheese mixture. Pour the prepared cream into the mold (in the base) and leave it in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

Preparation for service. Remove the edges of the form. Place the cake on a large plate or cake stand. Garnish with blueberries and mint.

Delicious!

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