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Leftover Fruit Juice

Updated on August 4, 2012

Leftover Fruit Juice

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Summer is here!

With summer here, we are rolling in fresh fruit. All the fruit that was not available over the winter is back - peaches, plums, nectaries, cherries, berries, etc... We are enjoying them all.

Sometimes we get a little too crazy at the store and buy a little more than we are able to eat. When some of it gets a little past its prime and no one wants to eat it, here is a recipe my mom used when we were kids to make the leftover fruits we had into a light juice that we all enjoyed immensely!

Fruit juice without much hassle - and healthier too!
Fruit juice without much hassle - and healthier too!
Place cut up fruit into water in a pot.  I mix whatever I have.  This was a combo of pears, plums, peaches, and oranges.
Place cut up fruit into water in a pot. I mix whatever I have. This was a combo of pears, plums, peaches, and oranges.
Strain the fruit with a strainer to separate from the juice.
Strain the fruit with a strainer to separate from the juice.
This is the fruit after cooking.  Throw it out after cooking, or eat.  It is still edible.
This is the fruit after cooking. Throw it out after cooking, or eat. It is still edible.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: a lot!

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water
  • 2-3 pounds cut up fruit (strawberries, plums, peaches, grapes, apples, pears, melons, etc...)
  • sugar, to taste (optional)
  1. Pour water into a pot.
  2. Cut up fruit and place in pot.
  3. Bring to a boil on the stove and then simmer for about 45 minutes.
  4. Let sit for about an hour to cool down.
  5. Strain fruit out of the juice.
  6. Add sugar to taste.
  7. Pour over ice and enjoy.
  8. Refrigerate leftovers.

YUM!

There is really no rhyme or reason to how I make this juice. I just scour the fridge for leftover fruits, cut them up, eyeball the water, boil, strain the fruit out, and serve. I usually do not add any sugar, because in my opinion it is quite sweet on its own, but I have added it to the recipe in case you would like it sweeter.

My kids love this "Leftover Juice," as we call it. They love that it kind of always tastes the same, even when we use different fruits.

Enjoy!

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    • lilyofthevalley17 profile image
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      lilyofthevalley17 5 years ago from USA

      We do not own a juicer, so this works for us.

      Also, as I indicated in the recipe, we do not add sugar when we make this. If someone wants it sweeter, they can add the optional sugar.

    • LaciKomula profile image

      LaciKomula 5 years ago from Indiana

      We just use our juicer. It seems like a lot less hassle to just straight juice the fruit and then drink it like that. No need for any extra sugar either. We use the pulp from the juicer in muffins and other baked goods as well.