When the Fruit You Carefully Bought Still Disappoints: Overripe Edition 🍑😢
You did everything right at the market (previous list) but when you get home, that peach is a little too lush. Here are some remedies for overripe fruit (stone fruit & figs. Also berries. Only one = melon-applicable)
- •(Universal first step)Cut away and discard any possible mold. That's the only real deal breaker here. Soft, very ripe or dark areas are fine.
- •Make a smoothie.
- •Make instant jam.Just mash. Drizzles of fresh lemon or lime juice, plus a little honey might be nice but might also be unnecessary. Spread on toast. Best jam!
- •Cook into a sauce.Pit and coarsely chop, then cook the fruit in a saucepan over low heat until saucy. Possibly add splashes of water or fruit juice during cooking if dry. Use anywhere you might like a fruit sauce; don't overlook the charm of this on savory things (grilled meat, if so inclined - or roasted squash) as well as dessert or French toast or pancakes.
- •Make a cobbler or a crisp.Umpteen recipes are floating around online. They're all similar and simple. You'll find one.
- •Bake a pie.Ditto online recipes - or your own personal favorite from Grandma.
- •Upside-down cake.Pit and chop, arrange in a generously buttered cake pan. Top w a favorite vanilla cake batter and bake. Invert when cool.
- •Crepe or blintz filling.Same procedure as instant jam, above.
- •Fold into your favorite bread pudding or rice pudding.Easy and delicious.
- •Roast it.Spread put the fruit (in chunks) in lightly nonstick-sprayed ceramic baking pan and bake at 375F for about 30 - or until done to your liking. (Loosen & move around a few times during.) Enjoy as a snack or light dessert w favorite cheese.
- •And for melons...If overripe in a fermented-tasting kind of way, consider blending into your own new cocktail invention and garnish w mint.
- •Make Norwegian fruit soup!I don't have any recipes off the top of my head, but Google does 😳Suggested by @mollyyeh
- •Put it in a blender with vodka or whiskey. Drink the result topped up with seltzer (or champagne!)Suggested by @hels
- •Make a (boozy) compote, and then make a grilled cheese sando with it. Last summer I did this with peaches and Sauvignon blanc (recipe below), but you could also do with berries and a red. Or you could opt out of the booze altogether, and use the compote for normal things, like eating with yogurt and toast.Suggested by @lilydiamond
- •Cut it up and serve over plain yogurt and granola.As long as it's not fermented, I'll just cut it up and use in my breakfast yogurt with granola.Suggested by @eatthelove
- •Make Popsicles!It's summer! Get some popsicle molds and start popsing (yes I just turned popsicle into a verb). Recipes abound on the Internet and in cookbooks...Suggested by @eatthelove