Tutti Fruitti

No, I’m not going to burst into song, but I have been looking at alternatives to the fruit I spent a fortune on last month.
Raspberries at £1.69, blueberries at 99p to £1.39, strawberries £1.69 to £1.85, and grapes at £1.25, I was buying one of each at least twice a week, sometimes three!
Bananas and dried apricots are not listed on my SW sheet as Hubby enjoys those too, and apples worked out about 50p each as were pears. The last two pears I bought looked lovely but rotted from the inside in the bowl. Guess they’d been frozen in transit then.

My food spreadsheet passed £200 for June, and £58 of that was on my SW fruit sheet.
This month I am cutting right back, and as I can’t eat oranges which are pretty reasonable I suppose at £1.70 for a bag of 8 satsumas, I need something in the fruit bowl or for a fruit salad for dessert.

I like kiwi fruit, but they seem to attract the tiny black flies that drive me mad. I’ve been avoiding buying them though that may change if I can buy them separately.
Nectarines are on special offer at a four pack for 49p in one discounted supermarket and 79p in another. I have to be careful though as some are rock hard, and the others need to be eaten quickly!
I can buy a pack of ‘wonky’ strawberries for a pound, but they are very small, mixed over  and under ripe fruit in each, and quite honestly, I’d rather save my money.
Melons vary from £1.39 to £1.79 depending on variety, but one of those would last me at least four days and I can always have a slice for breakfast instead of 4½ syns of cereal.
I did treat myself to some raspberries this week as they were on special offer of £1 and made them last three days.

All very much of a muchness, but I had gingernuts and yoghurt with both, a nectarine with one and apple with the other, plus a sprinkling of granola on one.

I have however come up with a plan that should work and satisfy my sweet tooth as well as my wallet, which is frozen fruit.
For £1.49, I can get 500g of Black Forest fruits which consists of blackcurrants, blackberries, black grapes and black cherries. All of those are considered ‘free’, the currants and berries being speed food, and I can defrost them as I need them. For an extra £1, I can get a full kilo of Summer fruits, which is redcurrants, raspberries, red grapes and strawberries, so three speed foods. It’s doable.
This is today’s dessert, with 1 syn for the yoghurt and another for the granola on top.
Shopping tomorrow.
More pics will follow on Monday.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Tutti Fruitti

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    What really pisses me off is when the fruit rots in no tkme. That’s why I’ve stopped buying bananas. And i had a nectarine go rotten on me in 1 day. If was hard as a rock so I left it on the counter and the next day it was completely rotten.

    • Likewise. We stopped buying bananas for a while as they were rubbish, and the ripen at home simply didn’t. I was annoyed about the pears as the two had cost me almost a pound, so I’m not buying those either. The last lot of grapes I had were tasteless too.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I stopped buying grapes a long time ago for that very reason.

      • I’m shopping tomorrow so may well opt for the frozen bag and some nectarines for the bowl.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Probably the best plan. Aside from that one nectarine I had a problem with they’ve generally been very good. I’ve also had luck with local Ontario strawberries. They haven’t been huge but they have been lovely and sweet. Can you plant a raspberry bush in your garden?

      • We’ve got one, and had six fruit off it. Very nice, I ate them freshly picked! The gooseberries are coming along, as is the rhubarb. Our apple tree has gone on strike, and the blackberry bush is laughing at us. The blueberry bush died. Oh well, can’t win ’em all. We’ll have tomatoes and green beans in a few week,s and the onions are getting fat!

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Well, at least you have the veg, better than nothing, right?

      • Picked the gooseberries today……… post will follow.

  2. Astrid says:

    I can totally relate. I have had to recently watch my spending more closely and this made me realize how expensive some fruits are, particularly blueberries and raspberries, which I used to buy at least once a week.

  3. The frozen ones are a good alternative but I don’t find them as good as fresh. Maybe it’s the texture. Mixed in with other things though, it doesn’t matter. Have you tried growing some fruits at home? Blueberries or strawberries? I bought 2 beautiful peaches last week. They were a little hard. After 5 days of sitting out they were still hard. I cut them and they were awful. They weren’t cheap either. Today I bought plums. Also not cheap but from a farmers market and I know they are good. I get them every year when they pick them.

    • We have a raspberry cane (6 fruit altogether which I ate, very nice), gooseberries (post will follow later today) and a strawberry plant got smothered by our flower bed as we forgot we’d put it there. The blueberry bush died, and the blackberry is a little shy at the minute, but the rhubarb is thriving! Our ballerina apple tree had plenty of blossom, but no fruit this year.

      • Maybe in a few years you will overloaded with fruit (wouldn’t that be nice?). Does the apple tree need a pollinator or is it self-pollinating? I had a row or raspberries for many years. I only had to share with Japanese beetles and I could keep ahead of them. Then the deer found them and zap it was all eaten. That happened for 3 years and I pulled them out. Not going to do the work if I don’t get the fruit.

      • Good point about the apple tree. I’ll look it up. Thanks!
        As for being overloaded with fruit (I miss the bramleys from the cottage), I could enhance either my pear or apple shape couldn’t I. LOL

      • Hi Kate. Seems we have to be patient and let the tree settle in for a couple of years. Hopefully the bees will assist in the pollination by then and as they are coming into the garden for our beans (yay! flowers!) and the tomatoes have fruit now hurrah, I’m hopeful. I just hope we haven’t bought a crab apple tree. We will see, and learn!

      • They do take a few years, depending on the variety. Crabapples are beautiful to look at but about the only thing you can do is make jam.

  4. Sadje says:

    The fruit plate looked so good. Fruit is not only expensive but difficult to store.

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