Frozen Fruits and Vegetables – Advantages
Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) Technology
IQF means the integrity of delicate fruits like berries is completely preserved. The frozen fruits hold its shape and texture through the quick freezing method. IQF means frozen fruits maintain their quality for more than two years as long as they are kept in the freezing environment
Frozen fruits and veggies are processed at the peak of freshness. There is no waste from spoilage meaning everything you like about your favorite fruits is captured and locked in for the duration.
Frozen fruits and vegetables provide the same essential nutrients and health benefits as fresh. They retain their nutritional value longer, and they are preserved at their peak, not before. Foods are frozen when they are at their peak of freshness
Availability & Economical
Frozen fruits are economical because you don’t pay for non edible or damaged fruits. 100% of product is edible. They are ready to use - no preparation time wasted. No sorting, cleaning, peeling, slicing, They’re also never out of season & available all year long, so you can consume a much wider variety of produce.
Convenience & Portion Control
Frozen fruits and veggies are easy and quick to prepare and serve. One can prepare only what is needed at the time and store the rest for another time. This is great for individuls or small famillies.
Harvestime only carries product that conform to USDA Grade A or equivalent and are able to meet the requirements of a recognized Food Safety Program. We are committed to supplying our customers with the finest, highest-quality product.
Our fruit contains no added sugar, colour, preservative or flavouring.
Harvestime is HACCP certified.
Harvestime is externally audited by SGS for the supply of selected approved frozen fruit and vegetables.
Frozen berries must remain in the freezer at -18 degrees celcius.
All fruits and vegetables that are snap frozen can be stored for up to 2 years from the production/harvest date.
Generally, for most uses ie smoothies, baking, poaching, etc, there is no need to defrost the frozen berries and fruits. However, occasionally there are certain recipes when frozen berries and fruits require defrosting. If you do need to defrost we recommend the following:
To preserve the natural shape and size of the fruit and prevent crushing, remove quantity required, place in shallow container such as a baking tray and place in the refrigerator. Handle fruit with care. Do not re-freeze once thawed.
Once thawed, fruit will generally last only a few days in the refigerator (2-3 days)
Always use frozen berries straight from the freezer for cooking and baking – no need to defrost.
When using whole frozen berries in baking don't thaw them first - they require very little thawing anyway and will retain their shape better, as well as being less prone to 'bleeding' juice through the mix.
Gently fold frozen berries into pies, cakes and muffins just prior to baking.
Use frozen fuits straight from the freezer for any juices or smoothies - the fruit thaws quickly and adds a nice icy texture to the mix.