7 creative ways to use up leftover fruit
Don’t waste your leftover fruit – turn it into something extra yummy to enjoy this summer!
Most households end up with leftover fruit hanging around in their fruit bowl, unable to eat it all in time. Don’t throw it away – the team at Oddbox about some innovative and tasty ways on how to use it all up.
1. Berry sauce
Turn a punnet of berries into a compote or sauce to drizzle over your morning waffles or pancakes. Simply add your berries, such as raspberries, blackberries or strawberries (or a mixture), to a pan with a little honey or sugar if you like, add a squeeze of lemon juice and simmer until broken down into a saucey consistency, stirring occasionally. Store in the fridge or freeze for up to two months.
2. Summer spritzers
Spike sparkling water with puréed fruit for a colourful,exciting twist. Make a sauce with berries, nectarines or peaches, blitz it in a blender, then add a splash to a glass of plain or sparkling water with plenty of ice and a sprig of fresh mint.
3. Citrus ice cubes
Freeze the squeezed husks of lemons, limes or oranges, then add to a jug of cold water for a zesty twist.
4. Fruit pops
Transforming a surplus of fruit into smoothies is a great idea, but take it a step further and freeze your blend in lollipop moulds for a refreshing, healthy treat the kids will love. You could also make your own creamy Mini Milks – blend berries with natural yoghurt and whole milk, then freeze in moulds.
5. Fruity booze
Soak fruit in alcohol for a delicious summer appetiser or dessert. Try soaking chopped pineapple in rum, brown sugar and spices for a few days, or steep sliced peaches in bourbon or make this Blueberry vodka. Citrus peels will also add flavour to vodka or gin – try this recipe on Jamie Oliver’s blog.
6. Mango ice cream
Got some plain ice cream in the freezer? Blitz ripe mangoes in a blender, add ice cream, blend again, then eat.
7. Fruit chutney
Turn a glut of plums, apples and pears into chutney for your BBQ veggie burgers. Here’s a recipe for you to try, teamed with vinegar and spices for a condiment that’ll last you the summer. Or give your chutney away to friends (at a social distance of course!)
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