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I am a mom of four and a very frugal. If I buy applesauce cups for the kids, I don't throw them away. I wash them and make my own fruit cups to pack in their lunch. I cover the tops with Press 'n Seal. I buy the big cans of fruit (peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail) from Sam's or Costco and can make many fruit cups much cheaper than paying over $2 for 4 cups.
This recipe makes single serving fruit cups using mason jars or re-sealable plastic containers. These are great for school lunches.
Yield: 8 - 8 oz. fruit cups
Using the summer harvest of fruits available, I cut up oranges, apples, nectarines, grapes, watermelon and plums into a carved out watermelon bowl. I used my little heart cookie cutter to cut the watermelons into little hearts, just for fun! You could use any shapes you have according to the season or event.
I will use the orange halves for individual bowls. I even freeze them to have on hand and to keep the fruit refreshingly chilled! I always like to sprinkle nuts, cinnamon, coconut or raisins on the fruit mix before serving.
Kids love the fancy presentation of something so good for them! No big brainer, just a nice way to serve fruit at the end of the summer harvests!
Total Time: 15 minutes to carve up your fruit
Yield: 10 servings
You COULD even have skewered the cut out shapes and stood them in the big bowl! Just thought of that myself!
Here are three variations on frozen fruit in cups.
Mix all together and freeze in 5 oz. plastic cups. Can thaw on "defrost" in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Makes 12-18 cups. Delicious and very refreshing.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon into 12 6-oz. clear plastic bowls or cups. Cover with clear plastic wrap; freeze several hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature 30-40 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings.
By Robin from Washington, IA