Avoid Waste: Share and Preserve Your Bounty of Fruit

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 in Denise's Blog, Frugality, Seasonal | 0 comments

Avoid Waste: Share and Preserve Your Bounty of Fruit

Fresh Picked Plums

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With summer in full swing, this is the season for all those wonderful fruits reaching their plump, ripened stage and ready for picking.

 

Not only are fruits a great source of vitamins and healthy snacking, you can share them with friends and neighbors or donated to those in need.

 

With the blazing heat of summer surrounding us, fruit offers a cool, refreshing alternative for meals and snacks alike.  After picking a variety of fruits, it’s quite easy to prepare these little delights for freezing and enjoying all year long.

 

Freezing:

Wash, dry and cut into wedges or small pieces.  Take the pieces and place them on a rimmed baking sheet, covered in wax paper and freeze.  Then transfer into either a large freezer bag or into smaller, one-serving bags.  Your supply of fruits could easily last 6 to 8 months.  Grapes are a wonderful snacking fruit, while plums work wonderfully in your daily smoothies.

 

Juicing:

Wash and dry, then squeeze the fruits for their juices.  Freeze the juice in ice cube trays, then place the cubes in a large freezer bag.  Juicing is great for lemons, limes and grapefruits, as they all work so well in recipes as well as drinks. You have never experienced perfect lemon aide until you have used real lemons!

 

A Great Summer Project: Pick and Share:

Take advantage of this season by starting a community project to help the homeless and needy.

 

Getting your kids involved in projects that will benefit others is good for the soul and keeps them from sleeping all day long!  Your teens can gather their friends together and find places where they are allowed to pick fruits and even berries to their hearts’ content. Not only will they become extremely productive, but will have a great time as well.

 

After they’ve spent the day picking fruits, they can pack up their bounty and deliver them to homeless shelters or food banks.  Your kids might realize how very fortunate they are and how wonderful it feels to help others.

 

They might just learn something quite valuable, understanding how much they have to be thankful for.  They might stop taking for granted, food on the table and a roof over their heads.

 

Waste Is Not Necessary:

So many times I’ve seen luscious fruit trees bearing wonderful bounties, with so many of their fruits lying on the ground rotting.  Sometimes neighbors have fruit trees but do not have the ability or interest in harvesting the fruits!  Ask them if you and your family could be allowed to pick the fruits to donate to others less fortunate.  You might be quite surprised that your neighbor never thought about it until now and thinks it’s a great idea.

 

There are so many wonderful things you can do with fruits, the list is almost endless.  Used in fruit salads for a cool evening meal, served on your kids cereal, loaded over ice cream or indulging in a sumptuous smoothie.

 

Summer is a time to unwind, relax and enjoy both the rays of the sun and the shade from abundant, old trees.  While neighbors, friends and family are enjoying the splendors of summer, what a perfect time to reach out to others, with a labor of love, and say — We Care!  It might just prove to be a summer worth remembering.

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