Whenever I mention the fact that I often make a large batch of smoothies ahead and freeze them in containers to use for quick breakfasts, or lunches on the go, I get asked about the containers that I use to freeze them in.
Freezer smoothies are one of my favorite things to keep in the freezer. I love my homemade smoothie mix and also keep that on hand, but pre-made smoothies in the freezer are perfect for on the go type meals.
The containers I use are by ball and I can find them all year long at the Wal-mart near me, but I know from many of the emails and comments that I have received, that some of you have had trouble finding these containers.
So, I wanted to let you know that right now is the perfect time to look for them again because many stores are starting to put out the summertime canning type items.
I usually find them on the same aisle as all of the canning and jam making supplies and most stores have a canning section this time of year, so if you have been looking for these small containers and could not find them, now is the time to check again.
And if you are looking for some smoothie ideas here are a few of our favorites.
I am curious about a few things. How do you defrost these smoothies? Does it take a long time if you just leave them out or in the fridge? Also, what is the constancy when they are frozen and then defrosted? Or, can you eat them frozen?
If we need them for breakfast I take them out the night before and let them defrost in the fridge. If we are using them for lunch, I take them out first thing in the morning and put them in a lunchbox and they are usually good by lunchtime. We think these are very similar to a smoothie after you make them when they a defrosted but still cold. If they are not defrosted all the way they are still like a smoothie, but thicker and we eat them with a spoon. I hope that helps answer your questions.
This is exactly what I do! I make a big batch at the beginning of the week, freeze, then I take one for my lunch everyday. I take them out of the freezer in the morning and by lunch time, they are smoothie consistency. The only type of smoothies I haven’t had 100% success with in the freezer are peach smoothies. They usually have one spot in the middle that isn’t thawed by lunch. Not sure why. Still very edible, just with a spoon.
I totally have to give this a try, I love the idea of not having to run the blender everyday or early in the morning. 🙂
That’s a great idea. I can’t wait to try your recipes.
These are the exact containers we use and have had great success. My kids love them, especially in the summer. We also use the smoothie mix to make popsicles which works great when I’m not planning very well and forget to take smoothies out to thaw. The kids think it’s pretty cool to eat popsicles for breakfast.
How many containers do you need for a smoothie recipe?
Each container is 8 ounces, so it depends on how much you are making. I usually get 4-6 containers full, but some of that will depend on your blender size, recipe, etc.
Went to the store today & found the freezer containers you recommended in anticipation of a “smoothie session!”
Thank you for posting a pic of the containers! I looked for them a few weeks ago and I may have overlooked them. I was also focused on the disposable container area, not the canning items. I was able to pick some up yesterday. You are a huge help, Lynn!
I am so glad you were able to find them. I hope you enjoy your freezer smoothies.
I just wanted to share that in addition to spotting them at my local Wal-Mart, I’ve purchased those very Ball containers at my local WinCo Foods store.
That is genius! Putting these on my shopping list so I can get some smoothies in the freezer!
I cannot wait to try some of these smoothies. My boys love smoothies and get tired of always getting out the bullet to make some. Great snack too.
so do you use the ones with purple lids or green lids?
i know this is only midly on topic but i got 19 lbs of pinapple from my co-op and i tried it a few ways with my smoothis and by the time you get to the end of the smoothie it just tastes really.. yucky and grainey since im new to smoothies is there something i am doing wrong?
I think pineapple is hard to blend well in smoothies. I know many people like it, but I agree that the texture just is not right. You might try chopping it really well before blending and see if that that helps. Sorry I can’t be of more help.
thank you for the info!just one thing What is the longest you can freeze a smoothie?
I have left them in the freezer for a month or two and they have been just fine. I hope you enjoy them!
Great Information!! So excited to start freezing Smoothies!!!