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Fresh Produce - Can't Let It Go To Waste!

Monday, July 15, 2013

I must have been hungry when I visited some local farmers' markets last week. I brought home way more produce than my husband and I could possibly eat before it became overly ripe. When I opened my refrigerator today, there were 3 large cantaloupes sitting on a shelf, 2 of which were on their last leg. I bought each one at a different market, forgetting I'd bought the previous ones! (The joy of aging....)

The first one I peeled had no flavor, so it went into the compost. The next one was very sweet. It already had a couple of bad spots, but was too good to let go. I put 1/2 of it back into the fridge for dinner tonight. I diced the other 1/2 into large pieces. I put 2 cups into the blender with a 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries left from another meal, added 1 tsp (+/-) of Truvia, 1/2 cup of plain non-fat Greek yogurt, and a cup of crushed ice and had myself a fine smoothie for lunch. I put the rest of that 1/2 in 2 freezer bags, each with 2 cups of the diced cantaloupe and stuck them in the freezer for future smoothies (shouldn't have to add the crushed ice since the fruit will be frozen).

Summer produce helps make our sultry humid days worth looking forward to here in the South. Those of you in Florida and California with your long growing seasons are to be envied! For us in the mid-Atlantic region, we'll eat it fresh while we can, and freeze and can for cooler days of autumn, winter and spring. (I also love cooking up a big pot of soup with summer's bounty to enjoy in front of a fire on a cold day!)

Tomorrow will have me back at my favorite market. I'll TRY to remember not to buy cantaloupe!

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    I always buy too much produce because I want variety, but then there is more than we can eat. I freeze my "extras", too. Smoothies are very forgiving :)

    2044 days ago
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    I'm in Cali & I ~LOVE~ strawberries & freeze as many as I can for smoothies & protein drinks. I too love veggie soups & you name it-it's getting put to good use or frozen for future meals. In Alaska, on the POW Island, it was hard to get fresh, good tasting fruit & veggies like the lower southern states- we are all so Lucky!
    You did great by composting one, dividing one & freezing it! I applaude you for no waste!
    Enjoy the season!
    2045 days ago
    Boy do I sympathize! I bought white peaches at the farmers market and couldn't eat them all before they turned mushy. The worms got some very high quality compost!
    2045 days ago
    So where is this market? I think I might join you. Hehe. Love that the one cantalope was a good one. I am into smoothies also. Made mine with a frozen banana, 6 strawberries, 3 ice cubes and 1 cup almond milk. Yummy! Slurp! emoticon
    2046 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like something I would do! Also sounds really yummy! emoticon
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