Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summertime Sips: Don't Waste That Leftover Fruit!

Hey Gals!  As summer approaches and the temperatures are rising, I find myself loading up on tons of great fruit during my food shopping trips.  And with so many amazing seasonal fruits available, I inevitably buy tons of different varieties and can never seem to finish it all before it goes bad.  With my recent foray into making baby food purees, it made me realize - why couldn’t I puree and freeze up my leftover fruit as well!?


In the summer, I’m constantly reaching for my blender, whether it’s to make a smoothie, a margarita or some other slushy concoction, so by freezing up my leftover fruits, I now have a freezer full of fruity goodness just waiting to be blended into a delicious summertime sip!   This past weekend, I found myself with a huge watermelon, half a container of strawberries and a frozen bag of mixed berries.  Now obviously I could have left the frozen berries as is, but by cubing them up, they are perfectly portioned out for me! 


The watermelon was the simplest...all I did was blend it up and pour into an ice cube tray.  If your watermelon has seeds, feel free to strain before freezing.  For the strawberries and mixed berries, I simply heated them on the stove top until they were nice and mushy and juicy, and then blended them up, and poured into my ice cube trays.  If your fruit isn’t that sweet, you can also add some sweetener such as agave, but I found my berries were sweet enough as is!  Then I froze my trays for a day and viola!  I’m now ready for a summer of blended goodness!  And I already tested out the watermelon and strawberries this morning, and it was delish!  I simply mixed 3 cubes with a cup of greek yogurt, a couple of ice cubes and some coconut water and I have a delicious and healthy smoothie!  And I can’t wait to try these out blended with some skinnygirl margarita, since I tend to like frozen margs better than on the rocks!  It’s such an easy and resourceful way to make sure you never waste another piece of fruit again.


Seriously the hardest part of the process is just cleaning out your blender!  What are your favorite summertime sips? 

xoxo
- M

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28 comments :

  1. such a great idea! i never thought of this. every time i buy fruit, i can never finish it. so i try not to buy fresh stuff, which sucks! i buy frozen for my smoothies, but sometimes i just really want a fresh mango or watermelon! now i can freeze them before they go bad. genius!

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    1. Yay - glad I could pass along to you! And mangos sound delish - I'll definitely need to pick some up on my next shopping trip!

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  2. This is an awesome idea! I always have so much extra fruit. I bet those would be great to use to pour champagne over on a Saturday or Sunday morning as well.

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    1. Loooove the idea of pouring a little champagne over them! I'm definitely trying out this weekend, thanks for the idea! xoxo

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  3. So creative, gal! I will def give this a try, as too much fruit makes its way down my disposal!

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    1. Thanks! And definitely let us know how your batch turns out!

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  4. I really need to do this!! My fruit always go bad before I can finish eating it

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    1. I know - I finally got sick of wasting all that fruit, and now I get so excited every time I go into my freezer and see it stocked to the brim with icy goodness@

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  5. Love this idea for fruit!

    Abby
    www.champagneplans.com

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    1. Glad I could pass along the tip and thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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  6. That is such a great idea!! I heard of some restaurants doing this for people who order wine or champagne! Love it!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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    1. I never even thought of the wine or champs addition but I love it and definitely need to try it out! xoxo

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    1. Thanks! After I spent all day making baby food, I figured why not make some for the adults too :)

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    1. Thanks! And the best part of it is truly how simple it is!

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  9. This is a great idea! I totally need to do this!

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    1. You definitely should and then let us know how it turns out or what you end up mixing them with! xoxo

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  10. this is a great idea, i hate throwing out fruit too and this is an excellent way to save them!

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    1. I feel exactly the same - I was getting so mad at how much I was wasting so this was the perfect way to not throw money down the drain!

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  11. Love this idea to add into smoothies!

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    1. It's so delish in smoothies and makes them super flavorful because you can use them instead of ice!

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  12. Great idea! I need to do that this weekend.

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    1. It'll definitely be the perfect way to use up that fruit that's leftover from all the Memorial Day BBQs this weekend!

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  13. Wow, I would never of thought to do this! Perfect for the summer! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. So glad I could share! Hope you get to try out soon and enjoy! xoxo

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  14. This is such a great idea! I'm definitely going to have to try this out!

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    1. Thanks! And can't wait to hear how it turns out for you!

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