A few weeks back I made a run to Costco. I love Costco! We are a tiny family of two, but the bulk items still come in handy when talking about frozen goods that last forever or Z-bars and nuts that have a long shelf life and we eat a lot of. Generally, I don’t buy produce there because I’m the only one that eats it in mass quantities and even I can’t mow through the GINORMOUS offerings at Costco. I did, however, purchase 20 pink lady apples because the price was just too good and they looked so pretty!
Fast forward 3 or 4 weeks. I do eat an apple a day usually, but lately with all the in season berries and mangos and pineapple, the apple has gotten pushed to the side. I made it through 18 of the 20, but noticed as I noshed on the 18th yesterday, that they were getting a bit mealy. Nobody likes a mealy apple.
When apples begin to go bad around here my go to fix is to saute them with cinnamon. They go from cool and crisp to a second life as a warm, soft, cinnamony delight. That was exactly what I did this morning as a side for my gingerbread protein pancakes.
They would be great as a topping on oatmeal or pancakes, but I just like to eat them alone. Yum!
I have some little tricks for other fruits that may be at the end of their life like bananas. Once they start to get too soft to eat, I mix them in oatmeal, smoothies or make muffins or bread. Bread that has gotten stale makes a nice bread pudding or can be ground up to make homemade breadcrumbs. None of those are particularly new ideas or unique, but there are lots of ways to salvage what might otherwise be thrown out. I try not to waste.
Breakfast this morning with the sautéed apple and pancakes sent my stove in overdrive.
I think I have mentioned before that I have to have warm milk to put in my coffee, so there on the left you can see my skim/almond milk mixture heating up. I had all but one burner on and it was Gettin Hot in Here.
Props to Lady Stove and thanks for my breakfast.
What do you do with food when it’s starting to go bad?/What does your reincarnated fruits, veggies, and other food look like?