“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”

And when your local supermarket is selling bags of Braeburn apples for 20p, buy them all, and work out what to do with them afterwards.

Of course, I felt duty bound to buy every bag, because those apples had reached their Sell By date, and I knew, as I looked around the empty shop at almost 9pm, that if I didnt buy them, they were almost certainly headed for the bin. The bin! It makes me annoyed just thinking about it. All those hours of solar energy, and weeks and months of miraculous growing, for nothing. Once I tried to buy a perfectly good mango. It had escaped the all-seeing Sell-By-Eye, and it was one day past it’s sell by date. They refused to sell it to me, and insisted it had to be thrown away. Grrrrrr!! It’s wrong, I tell you!

Anyway….thanks to  this horrific wasteful culture we live in, we had about 10 bags of really delicious ripe apples, and we had some family fun with our juicer this morning.  I don’t normally juice; it seems so expensive, and kind of wasteful, to throw all that fibre away. Still, my juicer is so pathetic that the pulp is still quite juicy, and we ate it; it was kind of like an apple compote; and so sweet, because the apples were so tasty. (Thank you South Africa! Sorry, carbon footprint!)

These are neither juices, or smoothies., some components are juiced, and some, liquidised. So what does that make them? Smuices? Joothies? Maybe we’ll stick with… drink.

Apple and raspberry BLISS. (We loved this one!)

  • Juice as many apples as you wish.
  • Take the juice and blend with 2 large handfuls of frozen raspberries, until smooth. Oh, my heaven!!

Green Juice 

  • Juice as many apples as you wish
  • Then, juice vegetables and leafy greens to taste:  We did 4 apples, 2 carrots, and 2 handfuls of leafy greens (spinach and kale) We juiced the first two, and blended in the rest, as I doubted my juicer could get anything out of leaves. This was sweet, fresh and palatable- which was the idea. Still, it was not as sweet as the first because of the greens; I loved it, Isaac loved it, Amelia said “not bad” and Ellie wouldn’t go near it!

We also have some apples frozen, and quite a few more for eating, juicing, blending, stewing, and so on and so forth. Apples have a high concentration of anti-oxidants , especially in the skin. They are really high up the pesticide residue lists, so of course organically grown is best, if you can afford it. I tell you what though, these were the tastiest apples I have had in ages, and for 3pence each. Sometimes that pesky Sell By date is a wonderful blessing.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Angela Stone on July 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Wait your produce has a sell by date? Seriously? that is crazy!


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