Quick Tip: 3 Ways to Use “Juice” from Canned Fruit

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on January 27, 2010

One of the hallmarks of a frugal mind is our extreme distaste for throwing out anything that might be useful.

Yes-I realize that down that road lies madness and an appearance on “Clean House” :)

But a brief pause before reaching for the trash can can be a good thing when you are trying to be a responsible steward of both your finances and your environment!

Canned fruit

Photo by Rennette Stowe

So here is a quick and easy one for you. If you use canned fruit don’t just pour that “juice” (or syrup as it is labeled on the can) down the drain.

Although that stuff started out as a mere mixture of sugar and water-the canning process has leached some of that fruity goodness into the mix.

Here are 3 easy ways to use up that juice.

#1-Mix it with a little seltzer or soda for a frugal drink.

#2-Use it instead of water to make Jello (do not do this with pineapple juice-it will cause the jello not to set)

#3-Use in place of the liquid in muffins or pancakes.

What other ideas do you have for using up the “juice” from canned fruit?

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Amiyrah January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am

I just recently used it to sweeten up my recipe for southern sweet tea. We had our annual “southern hospitality” dinner party on saturday, and I wanted to make my usual sweet tea without using up all of my sugar. I used peach juice and they couldn’t get enough of the stuff! They kept asking what made it taste so good lol.

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Leanne January 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I’ve used it for sorbet, peach and pear work out well, fruit cocktail was a bit meh. I usually add a good squeeze of lime juice (is it still a squeeze if it comes out of a bottle) because I like my sorbets to have a bit of a kick.

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Daniel B. January 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I transfer the pineapple juice at the bottom of a can to a glass jar and store it in the fridge.

Then I use it to make cocktails.

The Hawaiian Cocktail:
4 parts London dry gin
1 part Cointreau (or triple sec)
1 part pineapple juice

Shake over ice, and strain into a chilled glass.

It’s delicious.

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Daniel-Mmm-pineapple in drinks is delicious! That’s a fantastic idea for a cocktail

Allison-I hadn’t thought of smoothies. Although I have been known to freeze it in popsicle molds for the kiddos during the summer months . ., .,

Leanne-I’ve never made my own sorbet.

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Allison January 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

We pour that juice into icecube trays and pop it into smoothies.

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Stephanie January 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I, too, have used it for smoothies. Nice and sweet especially for the kidlets.

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Sandra January 29, 2010 at 12:58 am

You can thicken it with some cornstarch to make syrup for pancakes or waffles. :)

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm

The smoothie idea is a good one, as is making it into a syrup-I bet that would taste good on angel foodcake, over fresh fruit and over vanilla icecream as well!

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eve January 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm

My fav way is to save the juice from each can in a glass jar until I have about four cups. Then I mix up some bisquit mix from my fav timesaver, Bisquick. I bring the juice to a boil, drop the dough in by teaspoons or larger, depends on how big you want your dumplings, and cover and simmer for about ten minutes. If you are in a hurry, you can just forget the cover and let them cook on med heat until they test done. That’s it. They are good. Fruit dumplings from something you might have thrown out. Can’t get much more frugal than that.

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Alex M February 2, 2010 at 11:51 am

Marinade! Especially with soy sauce. Or use it as part of a sweet and sour stir-fry.

Reduced over heat with other ingredients to make a reduction sauce/glaze.

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate February 3, 2010 at 6:23 am

Ohhh, I hadn’t thought of marinade! That’s a great idea Alex.

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Kaylea February 3, 2010 at 12:08 am

I use it as cooking liquid for barley — barley is a little under-appreciated, I think. It’s a nice alternative to rice both in flavor and texture, and I find that it is even less work to get “right” than rice is.

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gigsy February 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm

great tips from all u guys!!!!
thank u very much!

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Jennifer Ressmann May 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm

We pour it into popsicle trays and whala – instant popsicles with no added sugar. (we buy the fruit with the fruit juice, not the syrup)

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