Friday, May 18, 2012

Fresh Fruits

You can already get a lot of fresh fruit in the supermarket. Sometimes it is very tempting to buy more than you really need.  If that happens you certainly do not want it to go to waste.  So how can you save it?

Strawberries and other berries can be frozen.  Trim off any stems or blemishes.  You have several manners to freeze these.  1. place them on a baking sheet and put in your freezer until they are frozen and then put them in a freezer bag.  This is the best way to keep them whole and separated but it is not fool proof.  2. make fresh frozen jam. You have to buy pectin. It will have the recipe. 3. Make a Compote - or sauce and then freeze.

Bananas - if they start to get too ripe freeze the banana whole.  Those are great for making banana bread.  or you can cut them into pieces and freeze to use in a smoothie.  They can go dark so sprinkle some fresh lemon juice on the pieces before freezing.

Melons - make a fruit salad!  These cannot be frozen,

Almost any fruit can be cooked and then frozen. Or make jelly or jam.  This very true of most tree fruit such as apples or peaches.  No sense in letting the harvest go bad!!