With 40 percent of America’s food going to the trash each year, food waste has become a major factor in climate change, because most of it ends up in landfills and then releases methane, a major greenhouse gas. If you are looking for some creative ways to use the random leftover fruit sitting in your kitchen, try some of these recipes.
We all have the best intentions when we make trips to the grocery store, and the plan is never for the food to end up in the trash. But many of us still find ourselves trying to figure out what to do with food that is on the verge of spoiling, because life got in the way and you didn’t have a chance to eat it. This is especially true when it comes to fruit. You can make everything from healthy drinks to delicious pies with your leftover fruit, so there is no reason for it to end up in the trash ever again.
One of the best and easiest ways to use leftover fruit is to infuse water with it. You can use any kind of fruit you have sitting in the kitchen to create all kinds of flavor combinations.
Pure fruit ice pops
You can use your spoiling or overripe fruit to make ice pops or fruit cubes with this recipe from Food Meanderings. The great thing about this idea is that you can use any type of fruit, then add some frozen berries and puree it all together before freezing.
Candied orange peels
Make your very own orange candy with this recipe for candied orange peels from Complete Recipes. All you need is sugar, water and a few oranges, and they take just an hour to make.
Raspberry and pear smoothie
Don’t throw those ripe pears away! Instead, use them to make a smoothie with this recipe from Neil’s Healthy Meals. Mix some yogurt, frozen raspberries, cranberry juice and chopped pears together in a blender for this quick and healthy breakfast or snack.
Mango orange banana sunrise smoothie
Do you have a mango, clementine and banana taking up space in your kitchen? Then try this smoothie recipe from Gimme Delicious. Just add some yogurt and honey to your fruit, and blend it for a couple of minutes to get a delicious breakfast.
Creamy strawberry salad dressing
All you need are five ingredients to make this delicious, creamy strawberry salad dressing from Montana Happy. Salad and strawberries are a match made in heaven, and a blender, some strawberries, raspberry vinegar, brown sugar, olive oil and lemon juice will help you make it happen.
Berry fruit salad
If you have a bunch of leftover berries, then try this recipe from Gimme Some Oven and make a delicious fruit salad. This berry fruit salad is quick and easy to make, and the honey, mint and lemon juice give it a nice, refreshing taste.
Apple pie for one
Boozy peach-blackberry pie
Are you trying to figure out what do with your leftover peaches and blackberries? Obviously, pie is the answer with this recipe from My Modern Cookery.
Pressure cooker blueberry jam
Need to use up some plums before they go bad? Try making some plum jam with this recipe from A Baker’s House. You won’t usually find plum jam in stores, so making your own at home will be a sweet treat that you can add to vanilla ice cream or as a compliment to pork. Of course, it is also fantastic on a piece of bread.
Mixed-berry dessert sauce
Give your pound cake, cheesecake or ice cream a little kick with this mixed-berry dessert sauce recipe from The Spruce Eats. This is a great way to use up leftover raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.
One of the best ways to use up ripe bananas is to make banana bread. This recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch takes just a handful of ingredients and about an hour to bake.
Apple cinnamon bread
All you need is one apple for this recipe from The Happier Homemaker. Just peel and finely chop the apple before adding some cinnamon, sugar and a few other pantry staples. In about an hour, you will have delicious apple cinnamon bread.
Leftover fruit bread
Next time you are thinking about throwing out some leftover fruit, try one of these simple recipes instead and know that you are helping the environment by reducing your food waste.