But I also hate waste. I hate wasting food especially. When the fruit still tastes good but just has a funky look to it, I just get frustrated when my kids refuse to eat it. My solution is this - FRUIT JUICE! Watermelon and strawberry and honeydew and mango - you name it - a slightly funky looking but tasty fruit looks beautiful as a fruit juice. It's a great tasting yet economical way to use up fruits that you have in your fridge that are slightly not so cute. Daughter #2 LOVES watermelon juice and today I had a half frozen watermelon. I just chopped up the frozen portion of the watermelon, stuck it in a bowl and blitzed it with a hand blender.
This method also works for not so tasty melons. Although it is melon season, I got a not so great honeydew this week. The kids didn't want to eat it and so I decided to blitz it. Since it wasn't so sweet, I just added a tablespoon of honey and blitzed it with my handblender - voila- a refreshing, silky, slightly sweet juice - and again, went down very easily with lunch.
So this summer, when you find yourself with a handful of berries that are "not cute" or some bits of melon that haven't been eaten - don't throw them away - turn them into a fruit juice that everyone enjoys. If you make a fruit mosaic and have some leftovers after it's all been eaten, blitz those fruits for a juice. Feel free to stick the fruit juice in a popsicle mold and have a really delicious summer treat.
Summer Fresh Fruit Juice
2 cups your choice of fruit - watermelon, mango, kiwi, strawberry, honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, peach
1-2 tablespoon of honey, if your fruit is not that sweet
Ice (optional - if you like your juice a bit more watered down - my kids prefer no ice but super cold fruit that has been blitzed.)
Put fruit in a blender and puree or alternatively, put fruit in a bowl and blitz with a hand blender. Add ice if desired. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve in a pretty cup.