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9 Great Ways to use up Leftover Fruit

I love fruit, but it’s so easy to get carried away with how much I buy, especially when certain things are in season (I’m looking at you cherries, kiwi fruit and strawberries!). The beautiful colours and sweet smells always draw me in.

But what do you do when you have too much of a good thing? Here are some great ways to use up any extra fruit you may have lurking in a bowl or in the fridge…

Fruit salad

Perhaps I’m stating the obvious but I love a fruit salad, especially in the summer months. Healthy and deliciously refreshing, what’s not to like? Break up some pieces of meringue and add a spoonful (or two…or three) of cream to make it into a more indulgent treat.

Candied peel

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes are perfect for this.

See an easy recipe for candied peel here. The peel should last for around 6-8 weeks when stored in the fridge.

Sprinkle some on your Christmas pudding, add it to to a fruitcake or put a handful in a mason jar to give as a homemade gift.

Make a fruit cake or a slice

Lemon cake, orange cake, pineapple upside down cake, banana bread…there are so many great recipes for fruit cakes out there. Delicious at any time of day with a cup of tea and a saviour if you have unexpected (hungry) guests at the door. Try a yummy banana bread recipe or a delicious cherry slice.

Jam or marmalade

Who says making jam is only for your grandma? Make your own sweet spread for toast if you have a bumper crop of fruit leftover.

Why not mix it up and add in different combinations of fruit; think mixed berries or apple and raspberry.

Yes, it may take a little longer to make jam but if you make an extra large batch then you could gift out any spare jars. Spread the love!

Bake fruit with honey

Think figs, apples or pears. Just halve your fruit/s of choice, drizzle over some honey and let the oven do the rest.

Great as a quick and easy dinner party dessert. Just serve with a scoop of ice cream or custard.

Poach with spices

Make up a poaching liquid with water, (wine or fruit juice can also be used) sugar and a combination of your favourite spices. Ingredients like cinnamon or orange zest work really well and will give another dimension to your chosen fruit. Then just simmer your fruits (usually for about 10 minutes or so) in the liquid until softened to suit your taste.

You can use any fruits – even dried fruits! So now is the time to dig out those dried apricots which have been lurking in the back of your cupboard for months or even years!

Juice

Best for citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits or lemons. Pack in your daily vitamin C dose with a few ice cubes for a deliciously refreshing drink.

I still use a hand juicer for when I have oranges which are going slightly soft and need to be eaten in a hurry.

Crumble or pie

Crumble toppings are so easy to make and can easily be thrown together with ingredients you already have in your pantry and fridge.

Alternatively, you can lay a sheet of frozen pastry on the top of your fruit base to save some time.

Smoothies

Blitz up your berries, throw in a dash of milk and maybe even a scoop of ice cream for a bit of an extra sweet treat. As kids growing up, whenever there were bananas that needed using up, we’d have them in a smoothie – yum!

If you’re not quite ready to make up the smoothie immediately then bag up your fruit and toss in the freezer.

Tip: If you have any hard fruit that is starting to go soft or mouldy, just cut out the bad part and you’re good to go.

There are so many different things you can do with leftover fruit. So don’t throw them away, try out some of these ideas.

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