Don't waste your leftover fruit – turn it into something extra yummy to enjoy this summer!

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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

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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

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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

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Got some plain ice cream in the freezer? Blitz ripe mangoes in a blender, add ice cream, blend again, then eat.

7. Fruit chutney

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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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