Win the battle of win, lose, or rot with these waste-busting ways to use your summer fruit!

Summer may just be the perfect time it year for farm-fresh fruit, but sometimes using that whole flat of juicy blueberries or three pounds of gorgeous cherries can feel like a game of win, lose, or rot.

Win the battle against kitchen waste by following a few simple steps!

For fruit that's perfect as is, ya just bought too much:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash, dry, and cut your fruit, then arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer. When the fruit is frozen, transfer to a zip top bag. Give yourself a bonus point if you remember to label your bag with the date!

For fruit that could use a little help in the flavor department:

Wash, dry, and cut the fruit. Sprinkle with two pinches of sugar, one little bitty pinch of salt, and a squeeze of lemon. Allow to sit on the counter for 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Over time the fruit will release its juices, and those juices will be deliciously syrupy. Give yourself TWO bonus points if you pour that juice over ice cream or stir into iced tea!

Speaking of tea...

Use your fruit scraps to make tea! Throw peels, leaves, and fruit bits into a small crock pot, top with water, and set on low overnight for a refreshing (and thrifty!) fruit tea. Give yourself THREE bonus points if you add herbs (think mint or basil) or spices (cinnamon, ginger, or cardamom are fruit's best friend).

My favorite version of this tea is the rind and core of one pineapple, the greens from strawberries, a knob of ginger, two banana peels, and a cardamom pod.

Happy eating, y'all!

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