Try it! You might be surprised

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A very dry, neglected looking grapefruit

A very dry, neglected looking grapefruit

This week I surprised even myself.

Not one to give into food waste lightly as you know, I found a rather neglected grapefruit in the fruit bowl.

Citrus fruits are funny fellas; they seem to go off so quickly – especially lemons.

This was the sort of grapefruit that makes you feel good about your thighs.

Covered in cellulite and looking decidedly dehydrated I was just about to toss it in the compost when I thought I’d take a look inside anyway.

Well what do you think I found?

A dish of grapefruit swimming in juice

A dish of grapefruit swimming in juice

Within a few seconds I had grapefruit juice dripping down my hands.

Yep, this baby may have looked a little ropey on the outside, but inside she was as young as the day she was picked.

Sweet and tangy with plenty of fresh juice, Little Miss Green enjoyed one of her favourite breakfasts.

juicy-ruby-red-grapefruit

And I got away without creating any food waste.

Tell me; how have you pleasantly surprised yourself with avoiding food waste recently?

A lesson for Mrs Green; don't judge a book, or indeed a grapefruit, but its skin

A lesson for Mrs Green; don't judge a book, or indeed a grapefruit, by its skin

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Sue says:

    I’m afraid I’ve been unpleasantly surprised by how quickly fruit can go off. I bought an extremely expensive bag of cherries on Monday. Yesterday I discovered every single one of them had gone mouldy. Definitely no way back for them.

    But, you are right, old and wrinkly doesn’t necessarily mean inedible.

  2. Jane says:

    Black bananas in the fruit bowl – sometimes they are still quite firm. I don’t like eating them like this myself – others do – but whizzed up in cold milk they still make a good drink or taste good in banana bread – and I’ll eat them. You can put bananas in the fridge or in the freezer (peeled) to add to smoothies.

  3. CarSue says:

    A package of firm tofu had made its way to the back of the fridge and was sadly forgotten. Doing a clean out, I found that it was a full 2 months past the “use by” date. I peeled back the plastic cover and found an awful lot of liquid (more than the usual few tablespoons). I nearly chucked it in the compost, but then decided to try drying it out between some tea towels for a while. I cooked it in the skillet with some fresh grated ginger and garlic and guess what… it was perfectly fine, and very delicious!

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Sue: What a shame about the cherries Sue; I find that so frustrating 🙁

    @Jane: Like you, we don’t like eating them on their own once they are soft but you’re absolutely right; they are often perfect inside for using as an ingredient in something else

    @CarSue: Fantastic! I do find tofu bounces back from the dead quite well! Glad you tried it and enjoyed it 🙂

  5. Jeremy Hunter says:

    Wasting old fruit is a terrible shame. All you need is a clean bucket, a load of water and a month.

    Suddenly you’ve created a vat of various fruit ciders!

    I hope one day to make banana bread from old bananas… even if the bread will just be used as a flavour and yeast additive to banana bread beer 😉

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