You may remember from this post here that I told you how I prep my lettuce and spinach for my green smoothies. Now I’m going to round out the post by telling you how I prepare my celery, apples, and pears for my green smoothies.
Get Your Green Smoothie Prep On
First, I wash and trim an entire bunch of celery. I cut the stalks roughly in half so that they fit nicely in a freezer bag. I would suggest drying the celery before putting it in the freezer bag to avoid ice from forming in the bag. Aside from that, there is nothing glamorous or special about this process.
Next, I wash and cut up my apples and pears into roughly 1″ pieces and place them in a salt bath. Why a salt bath, you ask? The salt bath keeps the apples and pears from browning before you put them in the freezer. Don’t worry about the taste of salt on your fruit, it’s totally negligible and you likely won’t taste the salt. Trust me when I say it won’t affect the taste of your green smoothie! I use roughly 1 tablespoon of salt to 4 cups of water, but this isn’t an exact science. Just swirl the salt and allow it to dissolve in the water bath before dropping your apples or pears in.
I drop my apple and pear chunks into the salt bath as I work. (Usually, I will not mix them but will instead do all of the apples first and then the pears — or vice versa — so that I can freeze them in their own bags.) When everything has been cut and placed in the bath, I give it a quick swirl and then take the apples (or pears) out to dry. I simply lay a few paper towels on top of a kitchen towel and pat dry.
Now the Easy Part: Time to Freeze
Once the fruit is dry, I lay it on a cookie sheet and place it in the freezer for 6 to 8 hours, or sometimes overnight. After everything has frozen, I remove the pears and apples from their respective cookie sheets, place in a freezer bag, and then toss them back in the freezer.
Now I have frozen celery, pears, and apples ready for my green smoothies. No ice cubes necessary! Super easy, right?
I love this method for my green smoothies because the thought of having to wash and cut up fruit or celery every time I want a green smoothie makes me not want to have one! Getting all the work done up front saves me time and money since I won’t be wasting any fresh vegetables or fruit. It also makes me more inclined to make a green smoothie, knowing I don’t have any prep work ahead of me, outside of blending. Oh, and if you’re wondering which green smoothie recipe I use, it is a variation of Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie.
The taste is awesome, refreshing, and not too heavy. It’s the perfect summer drink and my 2-year-old is a big fan! Does this make you more inclined to try a green smoothie?