5 Easy Ways to Use Up Summer Fruit Before It Goes Bad

 

Summer fruit is so precious and fleeting, sometimes it can be hard to hold back at the market. We come home loaded down with baskets of cherries and blueberries, quarts of tiny plums and fuzzy peaches. And inevitably some of it ends up crossing the line between peak ripeness and too-mushy-to-eat-raw, and we toss it. But this summer, make it your mission not to let over-ripe fruit go to waste. Transform those bruised nectarines, mushy apricots, and smashed strawberries into jams, scones, homemade cocktails, smoothies. Make the most of the season. Leave no stone fruit unturned. Here's how:

 

1) Make a hodgepodge compote: peel and dice whichever fruits have become mushy and over-ripe: peaches, apricots, cherries, rhubarb, it doesn't matter. In a medium saucepan, combine the fruit, a squeeze of lemon, and a couple of heaping tablespoons of granulated sugar. Simmer on low heat until the fruit has broken down and the mixture is beginning to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Taste. If it's too... Read more >

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Recipe: Cherry–Pinot Noir Sorbet with Ginger

 

This refreshing, crimson sorbet from Jason Stoller Smith of Oregon's Timberline Lodge combines the soulful sweetness of summer cherries with the luscious and earthy flavors of Pinot Noir. A teaspoon of grated ginger adds a bracing undercurrent of spice. Get the recipe here

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Recipe: Crispy Long Island Duck Breast with Parsnip Purée, Duck Confit, and Spiced Cherry Glaze

duck breast Hector Tice of the Black Duck in New York City served this very apropos duck breast dish at his Beard House luncheon. The luscious parsnip purée is a worthy partner for duck, while the spiced cherry glaze imparts some welcome tang.

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Recipe: Frog Hollow Cherry Tart

Cherry Tart The chefs from the RockResorts luxury properties served this elegant cherry tart at the Beard House last summer. They used organic cherries from a local farm, but any sweet cherries will do.

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