For the last few months, my garden has provided enough veg for me, so I stopped my regular fruit and veg delivery from Riverford Organic Farms and replaced it with a fortnightly fruit box. Then, because I liked what it was doing to my diet, I stepped that up to a weekly fruit box.
That is quite a bit of fruit for just one person, and although I largely met the challenge, I started getting some spoilage. Not wishing to waste anything, last night I tried using my soup maker to make fruit smoothies.
- 3 Pears, very ripe. Normally, I would peel and core these, but the condition they were in it was a case of cutting out the bits I didn’t want, and then scraping the fruit pulp out with a spoon.
- 2 Bananas, ripe. Peeled and cut into chunks.
- Yoghurt, small pot. In this case it was plain goat’s yoghurt, but anything will be fine.
- For a little liquid to aid mixing, a small glass of diluted fruit cordial – in this case, strawberry and rhubarb. Instead of this, you could use some fresh fruit juice, or even a handful of soft fruit.
Method: Chuck it all in a liquidiser goblet (or soup machine) and whiz until smooth and frothy.
It was quite amazing, and an excellent way to use the pears, which otherwise would have been wasted. I have to admit, I don’t like eating (or even handling) produce that has begun to go soft, but once processed into a drink, it didn’t bother me at all.