You’ve heard the expression don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Try changing it to: don’t throw the wilted spinach out with the trash! Rescue nearly spoiled produce and turn it into something fresh and flavourful. You’ll feed your family – not the garbage – with these tasty transformations.
Smoothies and juice: If you’ve got overripe fruits and veggies softening by the second, mix and match them for deliciously thick smoothies. Good combos include: peas with pineapple and strawberries; carrots and broccoli with mango; or cucumber and lime. You can also whip up a satisfying, nutrient-rich juice using wilted spinach or less-than-crisp kale, overripe strawberries and orange juice.
Sweet treats: If apples are starting to dent or peaches are taking a turn for the worse, turn them into mouth-watering treats for the family. Imperfect apples make a rustic homemade applesauce. Overripe berries bake well in cobblers and pies. Or mash up soon-to-spoil mixed fruits for a tasty sundae topping.
Soups, sides and stock: Don’t toss onion scraps or extra chunks of carrots. Freeze them until you have enough to stir up homemade vegetable broth that can be used in soups or risotto.