Reducing Food Waste: Turning A Half-Eaten Apple Into Something Your Kids Will Eat


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I have three children under eight, and they usually snack on fresh fruit. It’s not uncommon for me to find a half-eaten apple laying around the house or tucked away in the fridge. I estimate I find 4-5 of these half-eaten apples every month. 

We try to discourage being wasteful with food in this house and to be mindful of what we are using. While I try to encourage my kids to finish up or share with a sibling, I also don’t want them to eat past the point of hungry, and I wanted a solution other than sending a decent apple to the compost bin.

Yesterday I found a half-eaten apple in the fridge left by my 5 year old Miss E. I remembered reading about a solution in the Complete Tightwad Gazette years ago, and decided to give it a try.


One half-eaten apple

1/2 tsp butter

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp water

First, I trimmed off the eaten part, and I peeled the skin off the usable part of the apple.

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I diced up the apple and put it in a microwavable bowl. I added the other ingredients and didn’t do anything to mix them up. Just dump them in!

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Microwave for one minute and stir.

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The verdict from Miss E: delicious!

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