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Uses for Overripe Fruit
This page is about uses for overripe fruits. If you have fruit that is very ripe, consider these delicious ways it can be enjoyed.
Deseeding a Pomegranate
This is a page about deseeding a pomegranate. Pomegranate is a delicious treat but it can be difficult to deseed.
Using Apples in Cooking
This is a page about using apples. Apples can be eaten many ways, baked, pureed, juiced, in desserts and even in some soups such as mulligatawny.
Uses for Juice from Canned Fruit
This page is about uses for juice from canned fruit. Instead of discarding the juice from canned fruit, it can be used in creative ways.
Use Whole Frozen Lemons for Juice
Frozen lemons are amazing for juicing. When defrosted they are soft, and just bursting with high quality juice. This is a page about use whole frozen lemons for juice.
Recipes for Tart Grapes
I bought some grapes recently and they are very tart. Is there anything I can do to them to make them sweeter? Or is there a good recipe that uses tart grapes? I hate to waste them and I know my kids won't eat them this tart. Thanks.
Using Overripe Bananas
This is a page about using overripe bananas. Even when they get too ripe to eat there are still many recipes that call for overripe bananas.
Preventing Banana Slices From Turning Brown
Like apples and some other types of fresh fruit exposure to air turns bananas brown. This is a page about preventing banana slices from turning brown.
Peeling an Avocado
This is a page about peeling an avocado. You are holding a nice ripe avocado, with a seed too big for the fruit according to George Burns in the movie "Oh God", now to peel it. It can be hard to peel it without damaging the tender fruit.
Making Green Apple Monsters
These fun little monsters are made from green apples with sunflower seed teeth and a strawberry tongue. They are perfect for parties or for a special treat for lunch.
Using Canned Peach Juice in Making a Pie
The first person said to use 2/3 teaspoons of cornstarch mixed into enough of the peach juice to make a paste and stir over heat then pour into peaches. Can I use plain flour if I haven't got cornstarch and what effect will it have in the pie?
This citrus fruit is not as available as they once were around Christmas time. Tangerines have a unique flavor and the canned fruit is a great addition to a fruit salad.
Making Decorative Carved Baskets from Oranges
Cutting an orange in the shape of a basket can be a fun way to serve something special. This is a guide about making decorative baskets from oranges.
Use a Straw to Hull Strawberries
Rather than using a small knife to remove the hulls from strawberries, try this tip using a plastic straw. This is a page about
using a straw to hull strawberries
How to Juice Lemons
Many people enjoy juicing lemons for recipes or just to add to water. This page has tips on how to juice lemons.
Broiled or Grilled Peaches
The broiler or grill is not just for meats and veggies, fruit cooked in this way is delicious. This is a page about making broiled or grilled peaches.
Using Ripe Peaches
If you have a peach tree in your yard, you might be flooded with peaches at harvest time. This is a page about using ripe peaches.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to slice up a basket of strawberries, consider using an egg slicer. This is a page about slicing strawberries.
You don't have to let bananas sit on your counter, turning brown, until they are soft enough to make pancakes or banana bread. Here is a great tip to quickly soften bananas for your next recipe. This is a page about softening bananas.
This is a page about washing blueberries. Here is a great tip about washing blueberries and preventing them from becoming mushy in the process.
Washington State Red Delicious Apple
This is a page about Washington state Red Delicious apple. Whether you love Red Delicious apples or have never tried one, you may enjoy reading about the origin of this yummy apple!
Fresh Fruit Infused Water
Adding a little citrus or other fruit to your water can give it a wonderfully light refreshing flavor. This is a page about fresh fruit infused water.
Using Salt to Keep Apples from Browning
There are at least a couple of common methods used to keep apples and other fruit from turning brown after peeling. One is lemon juice and the other is a salt water bath. This is a page about using salt to keep apples from browning.
Keeping Bananas from Turning Black
Sometimes, bananas can ripen too fast, with the yellow skins turning spotted then dark. This page has tips for keeping bananas from turning black.
Fruit Prep for a Week
This is a page about fruit prep for a week. Cut up melons and refrigerate servings to have them ready to add to your lunch.
This is a page about using durian. Durian is a prickly skinned Asian fruit. It is considered a delicacy by some and reviled by others for its strong unpleasant odor.
Long a favorite in Asian markets, these strange looking, delicious fruit are finding new fans and being enjoyed for their flavor and nutritional value more each year. Many people compare the flavor to JuicyFruit gum, it is sweet and firm. It is also commonly used as a vegetarian meat substitute.Many people compare the flavor to JuicyFruit gum, it is sweet and firm.
Prevent Apples Slices from Turning Brown
When you need to store cut apples for later use, there are a few ways to keep them looking fresh. This is a page about prevent apples slices from turning brown.
Watermelon Centerpiece Ideas
The bright red and green colors of watermelon and its delicious sweet flavor make it a natural choice for seasonal centerpieces. This is a page about watermelon centerpiece ideas.
Before you eat a bunch of grapes or add some to a salad, you probably want to clean them. This is a page about cleaning grapes.
Often pears that you buy at the market are not fully ripe. Similarly, you may have fruit trees in the garden that are dropping green fruit. This is a page about ripening pears.
Cutting Watermelon Sticks
This is a page about cutting watermelon sticks. Cutting your watermelon into sticks makes it easier to serve to family or guests.
Christmas Fruit Tray Ideas
This is a page about Christmas fruit tray ideas. Festive holiday appetizers can be created using fresh fruits in fun and colorful ways.
Tips for Cutting a Watermelon
Depending on how you plan to serve your melon will determine how you plan to cut it. This page contains tips for cutting a watermelon.
Making Watermelon Fruit Bowls
A fun way to contain and present your fruit salad for a party, is by carving a unique bowl using the watermelon rind. This is a page about making watermelon fruit bowls.
Simple But Fancy Fruit Desserts
I like to freeze bananas or put apple slices or any other fruit into the freezer then take them out after dinner and pour some Magic Shell Ice Cream topping over the fruit.
Using Acai Berry
A berry that contains more calcium than comparable amounts of milk, and more antioxidants than blueberries. This is a page about using acai berry.
Making a Watermelon Shark Fruit Bowl
This is a page about making a shark fruit bowl. A fun themed serving container can be fashioned with a watermelon.
Tips for Buying Fresh Fruit
Fresh fruit is a tasty, healthy addition to any meal or as a snack instead of sugary treats. Finding a good source of fresh seasonal fruit is worth the effort. This is a page about tips for buying fresh fruit.
Using Dragon Fruit
These unique looking cactus fruit have a delicious taste, often described as a mix of kiwi and pear. It can be eaten right from the skin, added to fruit salads, or other recipes. This is a page about using dragon fruit.
Tips for Cutting Fresh Pineapple
There are a few ways to make preparing pineapple easier, and get the most of your fruit. This page contains tips for cutting pineapple.
Making an Apple Swan
This is a creative way to decorate for holidays using an apple. This is a page about making an apple swan.
Peeling a Banana
This page is about peeling a banana. This popular fruit can be peeled from the top or the bottom.
Packing Green Tomatoes
We want to take green tomatoes to our daughter in Montana, we live in Indiana. Will putting them in a cooler with newspaper around them be a good way? We are driving.
Getting Peaches to Ripen
This is a page about getting peaches to ripen. Fresh fruit is usually not completely ripe when you buy it at the grocery or even at a local farmers' market.
This is a page about using avocados. Avocados are not just for guacamole, there are many other culinary and beauty uses for this delicious fruit with the big seed.
Book About Carving Watermelon Centerpieces
What is the name of the book for watermelon carvings? I would like the stencil of the watermelon bridal shower lighted centerpiece, as soon as possible. Thanks in advance.
Preventing Pear Blemishes
Why and how do pears get blemishes. How do I prevent this happening?
Serving Fruit at a Party
This is a page about serving fruit at a party. Fruit is a delicious healthy food to serve at a party. There are many creative ways you can arrange fresh fruit for serving.
Storing Dried Fruit
This is a page about storing dried fruit. Proper storage of dried fruit will help retain color and increase its shelf life.
Saving Money on Apples
This page is about saving money on apples. Depending on how you plan to use your fruit, there are a number of ways to get the most for your money.
Tips for Coring or Hulling Strawberries
This is a page about tips for coring and hulling strawberries. Removing the stems and cores from a basket of strawberries takes time. There are ways to speed this process up a bit.
Baking With Dried Fruit
This page is about baking with dried fruit. Many kinds of dried fruit are used in breads and baked desserts.
Making Chocolate Covered Fruit
This page is about making chocolate covered fruit. A easy to make, wonderful taste treat for all occasions.
Tips and Tricks for Using Strawberries
This page contains tips and tricks for using strawberries. Fresh or frozen strawberries are a favorite whether eaten alone or included in your favorite recipe.
Making Baked Apples in the Microwave
This page is about making baked apples in the microwave. A delicious, healthy treat for breakfast or dessert.
Keeping Cut Fruit from Browning
This is a page about keeping cut fruit from browning. Cutting fruit in advance saves time but also can result in unattractive, oxidized brown fruit.
Preventing Fruit from Browning
What other fruits turn brown and how long before they start to turn brown (except apples)? How do you stop fruit from turning brown? What chemicals or other materials can I use to stop the fruit from turning brown?
Selecting Good Strawberries
This is a page about selecting good strawberries. Selecting the best ripe strawberries will ensure they are eaten up quickly.
This is a page about peeling pears. Many different recipes call for pears to be peeled.
Selecting Good Pears
This is a page about selecting good pears. Pears are a tasty and healthy on salads, to cook with or even just by themselves. Make sure most flavorful pears by selecting good ones.
Selecting Good Pineapples
This is a page about selecting good pineapples. Choosing a good fresh pineapple is often intimidating. The delicious rewards make it worth finding out how to choose a sweet, tasty pineapple.
Ripening Fresh Fruit
This is a page about ripening fresh fruit. It is not uncommon for the fruit that you buy to not be ripe yet. Many fruits will just ripen on the counter but there are tricks and tips for many specific fruits too.
Making Dabino (Date) Fruit Juice
How can I use dabino (date) fruit for fruit juice?
Peeling a Pineapple
This is a page about peeling a pineapple. Pineapples can be difficult to peel, due to their prickly exterior. It is ideal to remove all the rough bits without wasting too much of the fruit.
This is a page about storing nectarines. Nectarines are the smooth skinned cousin to the peach and are a popular summer fruit but they don't last long unless stored properly.
This is a page about storing oranges. Oranges can keep a long time if stored properly but can get soft or rotten spots otherwise.
This is a page about peeling peaches. While the skin on a peach is edible, you may prefer to remove it. Many peach recipes also call for peeled peaches. When peeling peaches you want to limit waste and avoid bruising the fruit.
This is a page about peeling nectarines. Mid to late summer is stone fruit season. Nectarines are are a delicious variation on the peach and oh so sweet. When peeling fruit you want to remove only the skin and retain as much fruit as possible.
This is a page about peeling oranges. Peeling the rind and pith from a juicy orange can be messy. Here are some tips to make it easier to get to the orange sections underneath.
Peeling a Mango
This is a page about peeling a mango. Mangoes are great green, ripe, and dried. Knowing how to peel a mango will insure that you get the most of this delicious fruit with out wasting one precious bit.
Storing Honeydew Melons
This a page about storing honeydew melons. Now that you have either grown your own or selected a delicious honeydew melon at the market, you probably need to store it. Depending on whether it is already ripe or needing a few days there are some options for storage.
Shelf Life of Fresh Fruit Mixed with Citrus Juice
How long is fresh fruit, once mixed with lemon or orange juice, good for?
Using Green Concord Grapes
My friend picked all my grapes, he did not know to wait till October. What can I do with them? I have them in a paper bag. Please help me.
This is a page about peeling kiwifruit. Generally you don't eat the peel on a kiwi. When peeling it you want to lose as little of the fruit as possible.
Selecting Good Grapes
This is a page to selecting good grapes. Grapes are a delectable and healthy snack that both kids and adults love to munch on. However, there are times when you get a bunch that just wasn't ready to be eaten.
Peeling and Slicing Melon
This is a page about peeling and slicing melon. Melons are a refreshing fruit to eat in the summer. Peeling and slicing melons allows you to eat it more easily or add it to a fruit salad.
Selecting Good Kiwifruit
This is a page about selecting good kiwifruit. Kiwifruit, that fuzzy green fruit, is certainly a unique. It is important to find a good kiwifruit to ensure a delicious flavor.
Ripening an Avocado
When shopping for an avocado we often find that they are either too ripe or very hard. There are ways to easily ripen an avocado at home after you bring it back from the market. This is a page about ripening an avocado.
This is a page about peeling apricots. Some of us prefer to remove the skin from fruit before we eat it. With it's thin skin, it can be hard to remove it without losing some of the fruit too.
Selecting Good Blueberries
This is a page about selecting good blueberries. Blueberries are best when they are plump and sweet. For the best flavor it is important to pick good blueberries. This can be difficult since they are generally sold in a container.
Selecting Good Apples
This is a page about selecting good apples. Apples make a great snack. Picking good apples at the store will ensure great flavor and texture.
Selecting Good Grapefruit
Grapefruit is a wonderful tasty and healthy treat. Knowing how to pick the best ripe grapefruits at the market can be very helpful. This is a page to selecting a good grapefruit.
Selecting a Good Cantaloupe
This is a page to selecting a good cantaloupe. When purchasing a cantaloupe you often want to be able to eat it with in a few days of buying it. Picking a ripe cantaloupe will make that possible.
Selecting a Good Avocado
This is a page about selecting a good avocado. Avocado can add a different dimension to sandwiches, salads, dips and more. Finding an avocado that is ready to use doesn't have to be a chore.
Lemon Zest Tips And Tricks
Lemon zest is a great way to naturally add more lemon flavor to your recipes. There are many tools and techniques for getting all the yellow zest without the bitter white pith beneath. This is a page for lemon zest tips and tricks.
How To Eat a Fig?
How do I eat a fig? Can you eat all of it?
Ripen Bananas Quickly
When you buy bananas, sometimes they are still green and you need to use them the next day. The easiest way to ripen them is to put them in a brown paper bag with an apple.
Long Term Storage of Dried Fruit
I like to buy dried apricots in bulk food stores to keep on hand. I have tried to keep them too long, I guess, because they darken almost to black if not used within a few months. I even tried vacuum packing, but that doesn't work. Does anyone have any other ideas?
Refresh Apples with Salt Water Soak
If your winter store of apples starts looking a little wrinkled, you can try washing and soaking them in brine made by adding one handful of salt to every three gallons of water. Change the solution each six hours until the fruit perks up.
What Can I Make With Immature Pears?
One of my pear branches broke. I waited as long as I could and now that the leaves have started to turn brown, I picked the small immature fruit. They have a good taste to them, but are grainy. What can I make with them? Thanks.
What is the Best Way to Core Pears?
What is the easiest way to core pears from your tree? I feel I had a lot of waste.
Finding the Calorie Counts for Fruit
Where can I find the amount of calories found in every fruit?
What is This Fruit and How Do I Prepare It?
I bought some little fruits at the store on Saturday. They are the size of a pear, with skin much the same as a pear, but with no stem. They are very juicy, but bitter like a very sharp dill pickle. What on earth are these things and how do I prepare them?
Cutting Up a Grapefruit
How do you cut up a grapefruit? I've been peeling them (like you do a orange) and making a mess at work. Any suggestions?
Orange Slices Dusted With Cinnamon
My Spanish sister-in-law served orange slices dusted with cinnamon at a holiday breakfast. It' s good and so easy. She says her mother used to do it back in Spain.
Slow Banana Ripening
You can slow down the ripening process of bananas if you put them in the refrigerator in both a brown and a clear or white plastic bag. Two bags. Don't know why this works but it does. I noticed this when comparing the life the fruit in one bag or the other compared to two.
Too Many Bananas?
We have too many bananas. Any ideas, other than banana bread?
Preserving Star Fruit
Do you have a recipe for preserving star fruit (star apple)?
Freeze Firm Bananas Before Using In Recipes
If you have a recipe that calls for a ripe or mushy banana (such as for bread or ice cream) and you only have partly green or very firm ones, put the entire banana in the freezer and freeze for about 8-12 hours. Then let it completely thaw. The freezing and thawing break down the cell walls in the fruit and it will be ready for your recipe. After thawed, peel and use.
Store Extra Watermelon Uncut
My kids and I love watermelon but when I would purchase a whole one and cut it up to store in the fridge it would go bad before we could eat even half of it. A friend told me to only cut what we are going to eat that day and leave the rest of the melon intact in the refrigerator.
Where Can I Buy Thai Mangosteens in CA?
Where can I buy mangosteens from Thailand in South Bay California?
Using Leftover Lemon Slices
I ended up with a gallon bag of lemon slices from a friend's wedding. What can I do with them all? Thanks!
Frozen Fruit For Summer
Cut a whole, cored, pineapple into long sticks. Lay flat and put in freezer. When totally frozen, put in bag to store in freezer. When you make iced tea, take a frozen stick, and put in the iced tea.
Freeze Your Sliced Bananas
I buy a bunch of just ripe bananas once a month and they never spoil the entire month or until I use them all. My secret for keeping them fresh? The moment I bring them home from the market, I peel them, slice them coin-style, place them in a freezer bag, and chuck them into the freezer.
Preventing Discoloration in Apple Juice
How do I prevent the brown discoloration of freshly-squeezed apple juice?
Using Pears That Fell Off the Tree
What can I do with pears that have fallen from the tree too early? Will they ripen, if so how do I do it? Can I cook them?
Finding Ripe Mangos
I have a client that likes mango's and I need to know how to tell when they are ripe? I have no idea, as I don't eat or use them. Thank in advance for help on this. I want to make sure I get her the ripest one I can for her.
Use A Straw To Core Strawberries
To core fresh strawberries, use a sturdy straw, start at the bottom of the berry and push up. It does a great job every time.
Keeping Cut Fruit Fresh
How to keep cut up fruit fresh?
Buying and Preparing Exotic Fruit
Buying and Preparing Exotic Fruit. I love to try new things, but there are many types of fruits in the supermarket that I'm afraid to buy because I don't know if they are ripe or how to eat them. I was staring at a Japanese pear the other day for example.
What is the best way to wash produce?
What is the best way to wash produce?
Storing Fresh Fruit
Is there a way to store fresh fruit long term?
Buy Extra Strawberries
With strawberries in season and so plentiful and cheap where I live, I often buy a 3 pack for $3 (Can't buy just 1/$1) I rinse and stem the excess and freeze them in baggies, loosely packed.
Sweeter Tasting Cantaloupe
For sweeter tasting cantaloupe, sprinkle with a pinch of salt after slicing. It brings out the natural sweetness more than adding sugar and the extra calories. By M. Day, Ohio
Pure Maple Syrup on Strawberries
For a different flavor when using fresh strawberries try drizzling pure maple syrup over them. Yum, yum!
How to Peel a Pineapple
This is a great way to peel a pineapple. By doing it this way you save more of the fruit, rather then wasting it by cutting in too deep, it also looks nice cut into slices.
Decorative Baskets from Oranges
This is a fun food craft where you can turn oranges into baskets that hold your fruit. It's fun and easy and you can really get creative with your designs! I've added two styles in this how-to.
Durian often referred to 'that stinky fruit' to those who are not accustomed to the smell, but cherished by many who grew up around it. Known as 'The King of Fruits' throughout Asia.
Saving Money on Fruit
Tips from the ThriftyFun community. Here in L.A. we have orange vendors and that's the best place to get nice, juicy, ripe oranges! And we also go to farmer's markets to get the best deals in seasonal fruit - so we can splurge on things like nectarines, peaches and strawberries!
Freezing Mashed Bananas
Those browning bananas on your counter don't need to get thrown away, even if you aren't ready to use them right now. Freezing them is a great way to use them later in banana bread or any recipe that uses mashed banana.
Peeling a Pineapple
Here is a video on a great way to peel a pineapple.
Freezing Mashed Bananas
Save money on bananas! Those browning bananas on your counter don't need to get thrown away, even if you aren't ready to use them right now.
Mock Candy Apple
I love candy apples but have not eaten one in years. I don't want to take a chance on breaking a tooth or a crown. I had a little strawberry glaze left over after making a Strawberry Delight cake from a recipe on Thriftyfun. (Link below)
How to Freeze Fruit Without Sticking
To get your frozen fruit to not stick together, chop your fruit and lay it out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Pop it in the freezer until frozen, then transfer to airtight freezer bags. I like to chop my fruit in same sized portions so I can count how many is a serving if I don't have time to weigh it.
Straw for Removing Strawberry Hulls
Easy hull removal. All it takes is a straw and a push. Place the straw in the middle of the strawberry on the bottom, then push it through until it reaches the hull keep pushing then the hull will pop off.
Ripening Fresh Bananas
If you buy fresh bananas, and wand then to ripen fast, all you have to do is put them in the freezer for at least two hours. They turn immediately black and sweeter and even get bruised! It's like magic
Keeping Cut Bananas From Turning Dark
When slicing bananas to put in a gelatin salad, how do I keep them from turning dark?
Keeping Bananas From Turning Black
Why do bananas turn black and how can we stop it from turning black?
Ripening a Pear
I did an experiment by putting a pear with 1 apple and a pear with 2 apples. I know that fruits produce ethylene when they ripen, but why did the pear with just 1 apple ripen faster than the pear with 2 apples?
I was given a box of "cooking" pears. They are small and very hard. Is it necessary to peel then before canning? I do plant to core them.
Buying Ripe Strawberries
I'm tired of wasting my money on strawberries that are not sweet. But how can you tell if they're ripe? Someone told me if they smell sweet they are sweet. Is this true?
Finger Fruit Ideas for "May Day" Birthday
I need ideas of foods for a May Day themed birthday celebration. It is an everybody seniors birthday celebration to be held in an inside auditorium. I am interested in finger fruits or a fruit cup. Thanks for your suggestions.
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