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30 August 2012

The Solution to all those half eaten pieces of fruit...

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I've had this problem for awhile now.  I've thought about solutions and nothing seemed to fit or work.  I felt wasteful.  The problem?  Fruit.

My boys love fruit (not the problem!!).  They also tend to not finish the fruit (the probelm!).  Oranges, apples, pears plums -- they like them all, but waste big portions of them all as well.  I can give the leftovers to the chickens, but we are talking expensive fruit.  I like the good apples (Honey Crisp!) and of course they always want them too.  Those apples cost a lot and we end up giving the cores to the chickens!   Don't even get me started on the gourmet pears the boys picked out at the grocery store last time....

In any case, I was chopping the leftovers off the core and tossing them in a bag for the chickens, when all the sudden it struck me...

Why hadn't I thought of this before?  All the fruit scraps, all the yogurt scraps, dried fruit leftovers and even some granola go into the bag.  The bag goes into the freezer.  Once it is full, the whole shebang goes in the blender and it is smoothie time!

The boys don't know where the ingredients for smoothies come from.  They just love them

They don't know where the leftovers from their half-eaten fruit goes.  They just wash their hands and move on to play with more trucks, trains, dirt and worms.

It's a win-win-win...

...except for the chickens...I bet they miss those gourmet pears....


amy peca Thursday, August 30, 2012  

great idea aim! We are not big smoothie ppl here at my house--probably bc my blender is broken,,,I do this for pizza toppings--that last bit of chicken, slices of peppers--one last piece of ham in the package--It all goes in one bag--and then pizza making time we ALWAYS have everything needed for supreme pizzas! peppers, onions, olives, ground beef, chicken, lunchmeat etc

Amy Renea Thursday, August 30, 2012  

SO smart Amy -- we are SO doing that from now on!!!

Nessa Bixler Thursday, August 30, 2012  

What a GREAT idea. I do this to make broth... onion tops, carrot ends, mushroom stems, limp celery and random chicken bones/bits get put in a bag in the freezer. Once full I put it all in the crock pot, fill with water, add some seasonings (bay, peppercorns and salt) and cook on low for a day. Best broth ever.

Andrea Thursday, August 30, 2012  

Yes that is a lovely idea. But they deserve to know how things work, plus the real value of work and money. And you can also tell them that a lot of kids in other parts of the world can't even buy an apple or even half of it. Kids learn fast and their wisdom normally begins when young, and from their mothers! Happy wise mothering.

Jeanette Friday, August 31, 2012  

Ha ha that is a great idea! My kids are terrible about eating only half their apples. I'm stealing your idea!

Amy Renea Friday, August 31, 2012  

Jeanette - steal away!! Check out the broth and pizza ideas above from Nessa and Amy too - SMART!

I'm so doing BOTH of those from now on! Our freezer will be overflowing with scraps!

Amy Renea Friday, August 31, 2012  

Andrea -- good points!! You are right and I do strive to teach them what we do and why, but in this case it would mean they are just turned off from the smoothies (which they now love). It is why we still call spinach smoothies "dinosaur smoothies" :) They are clearly green, but they don't need to know there is spinach in them quite yet -- not until they are sold a million percent on them and don't care what is in them.

(....in the same way I didn't want to know what the meat was in those amazing fried rice dishes in Thailand -- I might not have been able to eat it if I knew, you know???)

Gingered Whisk Saturday, September 01, 2012  

What a brilliant idea!!!

Homemakersdaily.com Thursday, September 06, 2012  

Awesome idea. My grandkids waste SO much fruit! I'm going to do that, too.

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