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PricklyPear

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Hi,
I would like to freeze fruits in order to make wine from them once I free up some carboys (and enjoy the cooler temperatures of the winter).
Can I do it without damaging the quality of the wine?

Thanks.
 

Luc

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Freezing fruit is one of the best ways for storage.
Not only can you keep fruit for a long time in the freezer
but when thawed the fruit will release the juices easily.

For a good example look at my recent web-log entry
about freezing apples for getting the juice out of them:

http://wijnmaker.blogspot.com/2008/09/appeltje-voor-de-dorst-apple-day.html

However freezing may cause some minor changes in the fruit.

- Vitamin C content decreases over time
- look at my apple story and see how the color
of the frozen apples has changed. So freezing may
not prevent some oxidation.

But nothing to worry about. Freezing does not alter
the fruit too much so not a lot of quality is lost.

I freeze all my fruit (when I have some space left over in the freezer).

At this moment my freezer is top-full with 17 kilo rhubarb, about 25 kilo elderberries, 10 kilo blackberries, 3 kilo rose hips and about 1,5 kilo dandelion petals.

All are waiting till I find the time to make wine with them.

Luc
 

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Thanks for your answer. I saw your blog about freezing the apples, and that`s were I got the idea of freezing fruits. I am now freezing guavas- a few every day until all the fruits on my tree will be ripe and then I`ll make the wine.
 
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