Bad Fruit Soon….I Don’t Think So!

So we recently came back from vacation and discovered a few poor innocent apples and oranges that would soon meet their demise.

I just couldn’t stand for it.

And if I didn’t do something with them before they went bad I would have to see that “look” from my dear Jeremy.  The “look” that has no words….. but it says “Em, did you buy too much stuff again & most of it went bad?”

The “look” makes me very sad.

Then I suddenly had visions of Apple Butter & Orange Marmalade… then my tummy growled.

Then I started thinking about everything I could make to put them on!  Then……..

Whoa Whoa Who… Sometimes my mind goes CRAZY & I have to rewind to the original thought.

So back to apples & oranges.

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The apple butter came first.

By the way, check it out!  That is one single strand of apple peel & a bald apple.  Yep!  It’s the small things that matter & this really mattered!

Turns out this wasn’t enough apples for even half of the recipe I was using.  So I had to smuggle in a couple others that I bought last weekend.  But whatever it takes right?

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Next was the marmilade.

I love these striped oranges.  They seem… I don’t know… tropical?  I have no idea why.

I also got to use this utensil that I’ve had since about 2007 without a single use.  As a matter of fact, until now I never really realized what it’s purpose was.

It’s all about making sure all my kitchen utensils feel important & needed. 🙂

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Here is the beautiful grand finale.  I ended up with a good amount of marmalade.

Which of course freed (spellling?) my brain to venture into everything I could do with this wonderful “re-purposed” fruit.

My vision includes little pieces of breaded & fried chicken, sesame seeds, the leftover fried rice in the freezer & a new crab rangoon recipe that I’ve been dying to try out!  OH MY!

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This picture includes the lone jar of apple butter.  It didn’t make much, but it will make me happy for at least a day or two.

And notice the canning tongs bombed this picture.

I just now realized I am really humanizing my kitchen utensils.

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This poor spatula made the ultimate sacrifice.  It was a sad moment.  But I appreciate all of it’s hard work.

So….. Did I let that precious fruit go to waste?  I don’t think so!

And no of course I am NOT thinking of what do just in case this happens to any more of my fruit purchases.

I do however have three bananas in the freezer…. I have a master plan for them.

To be continued……..

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