Works for Me Wednesday – Fruit in the Winter

January 28, 2009 at 8:52 am 5 comments

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Fruit in the wintertime is usually not the tastiest. And it’s typically more expensive during this time of year, since most of it (depending on where you live) is imported from California, Florida, or another country.

If you are looking for a wider variety of fruit to eat (besides bananas and grapes), you may want to try frozen, canned, or dried fruit.

Last summer, I froze quite a few blueberries, planning to use them in baking or smoothies. Recently, I started serving them at meals, allowing them some time to thaw at room temperature, and you know what, they are pretty good. And I’m not much of a blueberry fan; I just eat them because I know they are very nutritious.

A few years ago, we were introduced to Trader Joes by some relatives. Unfortunately, our closest Trader Joes is 45 minutes away, so we don’t get there very often. They sell 1.5 lb bags of frozen mangoes that are delicious! Again, these taste very good partially thawed.

Of course, canned fruit can be eaten any time of the year, I normally save ours for the winter time. I canned peaches and pears and we are now enjoying them. If you don’t can, you can buy canned fruit at the store, but it’s not as good as home canned fruit.

Applesauce is another fruit enjoyed this time of year. I freeze our applesauce, so I try to get it out of the freezer a day or two ahead of time, so it can thaw in our refrigerator.

Dried fruit is another option for fruit. At this point, we buy our dried fruit, but I am hoping to start looking for a food dehydrator at second hand shops, so I can make my own dried fruit.

Check out more Works for Me Wednesday ideas at Rocks in My Dryer.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sherry  |  January 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I love fruit and these days use a lot of frozen. I wish we had a Trader Joes that close.

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  • 2. laurennichole  |  January 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    We don’t have a Trader Joe’s either, but your other ideas are great for this time of year. I love the frozen fruit, especially the mixes Dole makes.

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  • 3. Ranee @ Arabian Knits  |  January 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Citrus is actually in season at this time of year, and you can usually get a good bargain on it. We also freeze, dry and can our own fruit during the summer, so we can eat it in the winter. 🙂

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  • 4. Aunt LoLo  |  January 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    My dad used to freeze bags and bags of blueberries. We’d sneak them out of the freezer and eat them like bon bons!

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  • 5. Prudent Homemaker  |  January 28, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    In the winter, we eat a lot of fruit salad. We have canned citrus salad, and just a general fruit salad with canned fruits and usually some frozen berries. I have home canned peaches, pears, applesauce, pear sauce, bananas and apricots, along with store bought canned mandarins and canned pineapple.

    If your store has a great deal on citrus, you can also can grapefruits and oranges to add to the mix.

    If you grow grapes and cherries, you can can grapes and cherries as well to put in your fruit salad (think fruit cocktail!)

    Also, if you grow apples that keep well for a while in the cold, you can keep apples in the fridge for several weeks (this also works well for a good sale on apples; just fill your produce drawers with apples!)

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