We all have times when the lemons need using up and you have bananas and grapes the children won’t eat because they have gone a bit brown around the edges. DON’T THROW THEM AWAY. Peel and cut your bananas up and pop them in the freezer they are great in smoothies or in banana bread. The same with the grapes pop them in the freezer they make great ice cubes in the summer.
Put your oranges and lemons in the freezer either whole or cut them into quarters. In quarters they are again great to cool down a glass of water in the summer or added to Sangria or Pimms. Whole, I pop them in the microwave frozen for a few seconds then use the juice as I would if they were fresh. You often get even more juice this way as they were probably over ripe when you froze them and heated up they are easier to squeeze.
Strawberries are also great in smoothies, jams, trifles and my grandmother use to put them frozen into Jellies for us when we were children it helps the jelly to set quicker and keeps the strawberry whole without going mushy.
The same with raspberries, great defrosted on top of a Pavlova or used as sauce on ice cream or again in a smoothie.
I now never throw away fruit when my friends come round and ask for a glass of water they are always so impressed when it is chilled with frozen fruit and a sprig mint. A bit posh you might say, no not me I just know how to live well for less!