Do you have some fruit sitting on your countertop that is in less than perfect condition? Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of that overripe fruit!
Delicious Ways to Make Use of Overripe Fruit
It sometimes happens that fruit ripens too quickly or at least quicker than you were expecting it to. Of course, you don’t want to throw it out or have to give it to your chickens so soon because you paid good money for that fruit! Did you know that in the US, food waste is measured to be about 30-40% of the food supply. Is that crazy or what?
So I thought in today’s blog post I will share with you a few practical suggestions on what to do when you have overripe fruit. Hopefully, you find something useful here for something that is currently sitting on your countertop!
–Here are more Waste Not Want Not suggestions!
Make Quick Bread or Muffins
Fruits such as bananas and peaches are terrific in bread and muffins. Berries are also terrific. Another possibility is to mix certain fruits such as cranberries and oranges or bananas and strawberries or whatever combinations you like.
I have so many muffin and bread recipes that any of these overripe fruits would be perfect in, but here are some of my favorites:
- Tried and True Banana Bread
- Banana Crumble Muffins Recipe
- Simple Peach Cobbler Muffins Recipe
- Blueberry Muffins
- Blueberry Zucchini Bread Recipe
- 18 Absolutely Delightful Quick Sweet Bread Recipes
Add To Yogurt
Adding overripe fruit to plain yogurt makes it truly delicious. The sweetness of the overripe fruit and the tartness of plain yogurt combine beautifully. For another interesting idea, you can freeze the yogurt and fruit to make an amazing frozen yogurt dessert.
Here are some homemade yogurt recipes that you can make to go with your overripe fruit:
Make Milkshakes or Smoothies
Overripe bananas are great for a banana milkshake. I also like the combination of orange juice, bananas, and ice cubes or cream cubes all blended together. I’m not sure how I discovered the orange banana milkshake, but I really like it!
Here are some other smoothie recipes that work great with overripe fruit:
- Orange Julius Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
- The Best Healthy Breakfast Smoothies
- Banana Raspberry Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
- Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
- Easy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
- Strawberry Orange Smoothie
Make Fruit Salad
If I have overripe kiwifruit, I like to combine it with bananas to make a great fruit salad. Any fruit can be added to a fruit salad, but I really like the combination of kiwifruit and banana. Other great additions are grapes, peaches, apricots, and oranges.
Juice The Fruits
Another use for overripe fruits is juice. If you don’t like the seeds, you can strain them and add water to your fruit to make a drink. The amount of water that you need depends on how sweet you want to make the drink.
Freeze Your Fruit
Overripe fruit often tastes fantastic when it’s frozen. There are many fruits that when frozen and then blended taste similar to ice cream or sorbet. I’ve also tested and love frozen bananas, apricots, plums, grapes, and kiwifruit. Frozen grapes in particular are a favorite snack on hot summer days.
Here’s my recipe for Raspberry Sherbert, perfect for any overripe frozen fruit!
With the intense flavor that often comes from overripe fruit, you can dry the fruits and make them into delicious fruity teas. You won’t even know that the fruit was overripe, just that it tastes so good in the tea!
Use this recipe for Fruity Loose Tea for inspiration for a new tea creation with your fruit.
My kids absolutely love gummies and using overripe fruit in them in perfect because you usually only need small amounts for the recipe and the strength of the flavor of the fruit really adds a lot to the gummies!
Here are a couple of gummy recipes that we make:
- Easy Homemade Gummies Recipe
- How to Make Blueberry Gummies
- Strawberry Orange Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks
- Healthy Fruit Snacks
- Easy Fruit Juice Gelatin (No Sugar)
Make Your Own Jams/Jellies.Sauces
A final suggestion for overripe fruit is making jams and purees with it. An overripe mango can be terrific for a mango puree and a good topping for pancakes. Overripe apricots and peaches can make excellent jams. If they’re really overripe, you may need to add little or no sugar.
Here are some James, jellies, and sauces that we make and that you can make with your overripe fruit:
- Simple Blueberry Sauce Recipe
- Sweet & Tasty Apple Pie Jam Canning Recipe
- Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe
- Simple Homemade Jelly Recipes
Many people might think that overripe fruit needs to be tossed out. The truth, though, is that with a little bit of creativity, you can find many uses for it. It may be that overripe fruit will be the perfect thing you need to make the bread, muffin, yogurt, jam, juice, and milkshakes!
Trying to steer clear of food waste? You might enjoy these other articles I’ve written as well:
- No Food Waste: How to Use All of Your Food Scraps
- Banana Peel Uses: Waste Not Want Not
- Creative Ways to Use Up the Leftovers
- Where to Find Free Groceries
How do you use overripe fruit in your home? Which of these ideas is your favorite?