JEANETTE’S FRUIT COCKTAIL

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I don’t care for pears so I really don’t care for canned or jarred fruit cocktail. I do love fruit though, so when the children were small I decided to invent my own fruit cocktail so they wouldn’t have to eat pears either. Now that I’m older, I realize that just because I don’t like something didn’t mean they wouldn’t have. However, I think mine tastes better. You be the judge. It’s a literal ” Dump it all in” easy recipe. Perfect for barbecues  and days you have no desserts in the house or just feel like some fruit. Aside from slicing the peach slices into thirds and the maraschino cherries in half there’s really nothing else to do. Of course if you like pears you can throw a can in. 🙂

YOU WILL NEED:

1 -16 oz. can of sliced peaches in heavy syrup ( I do cut each into thirds so they are easy to eat with a spoon)

1-20 oz can of pineapple chunks (Packed in pineapple juice)

1-10 oz. jar of maraschino cherries. Cut cherries in half and add to bowl.

Add about 20-25 seedless green or red grapes or both

1-15 oz can or jar of mandarin oranges

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Place all juice from peaches into  a large bowl

2. Cut peach slices  in thirds or fourths  and add to bowl.

3. Put entire can of pineapple chunks into bowl .

4. Add as many grapes as you want. Usually 20-25 is good. You don’t really need to count them. Use the smaller ones of the bunch or can cut big ones in half.

5. Take cherries out of their juice. Cut cherries in half and put in bowl. If you don’t mind red fruit cocktail you can put that juice in there too.

6. Put entire can of mandarin oranges in and stir.

7. Chill well and serve.

VARIATIONS: I  have add diced bananas , melon or cantaloupe cubes if I have these in the house and they are getting overly ripened. If you choose to make this for a party , skip the bananas. Many  children are allergic to bananas. And of course, those of you who like pears can dump a can of pears in the mix.  Whatever you have, really, if you like it, by all means, add it. Enjoy!

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JEANETTE’S FRUIT KABOBS

Having a barbecue and need a colorful way to serve your fruit? Need to keep the children busy so you can get your cooking done? This is a perfect solution for both of those things. Just assemble one the way you want it and ask the children to copy what you have done. Have the children wash their hands. Set them at a table and  they’ll stay busy for a while and be proud of what they’ve done. My granddaughter Mariah loved making these. And they are the perfect size, so that you aren’t throwing away a lot of plates with uneaten fruit at the end of the barbecue.

YOU WILL NEED:

Green seedless grapes or red grapes or both if you choose

jar of maraschino cherries halved

Cantaloupe cubed into pieces the size of your grapes

A can of Dole pineapple chunks

Honeydew melon cut into cubes

Strawberries cut in half

Bamboo or other type wooden skewers

INSTRUCTIONS:

After an adult cuts and washes all items, place each fruit in a separate bowl. Pick a pattern of colors that you like and have children place in the same order on bamboo skewers. Place all on a serving platter . Cover and place in refrigerator to chill.

VARIATIONS: You can use kiwi , star fruit, blueberries, raspberries too if you wish. I found personally, watermelon often falls off the skewer easily. Bananas I do not use because many children are allergic to them and they do turn brown, ruining the beauty of the entire skewer. I have used raspberries blueberries and mini marshmallows for a fourth of July barbecue. These skewers are always a big hit at any  party I’ve brought them to and so easy,  a child can do it.