This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ and Socialstars™ as part of a #Freshworks sponsored series; all opinions are my own.
Fruit Salad with Brown Sugar Glaze
An assortment of fresh berries, pineapple, bananas, grapes and kiwi with a delicious brown sugar and orange juice glaze. Serve as a side dish for summer barbecues, potlucks and holidays.
Over the past two weeks, Louisiana has been weathering a rainstorm that has drenched the south with water. With the torrential downpour of rain, it has left me longing for summer days again. Luckily, mother nature let up for a day or two so I could head out to a local farm and get fresh produce for the week.
At the top of the list is fruit, always. I’ve tried to grow my own fruit a handful of times but I have yet to see my work bare anything edible. Luckily, there is no shortage of tropical fruit grown here. However, with all the rain, I especially want to support local farms here who’s crops would otherwise rot within a few days after the exposure to flooding.
Because of the circumstances, most of the produce is on a sale which means I now have a few flats of strawberries in my fridge I need to eat before they spoil. Luckily, it’s not something I need to worry about because I’ve learned the trick to keeping produce fresh for weeks.
What I love about Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ storage containers is that produce lasts three times as long as traditional stored fruits and vegetables. Pictured above to the left is the fruit nearly two weeks later using the storage container. On the right, the fruit is just 5 days old in its original container. Which would you rather?
A few flats of the strawberries I bought now stay as fresh as the day I bought them. What would life be like if I had to toss them after a few days or plan to make that strawberry jam within a day or two. I’d much rather snack on them here and there because hello strawberries, I bought you with the intention of eating you 😎
Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ Produce Saver is a brand new food storage container that uses revolutionary FreshVent™ technology to keep produce fresher up to 80% longer (when compared to store packaging). The containers are BPA free and dishwasher safe which makes clean up that much easier. Product comes in three sizes including small ($9.99), Medium ($12.99) and Large ($15.99).
Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ Produce Saver uses Revolutionary FreshVent™ Technology which is a patented membrane that naturally regulates the flow of O2 and CO2 to create the optimal environment to keep your produce nearly as fresh as the day it was picked.
I can never have a enough fresh fruit on hand for the week. What produce in your fridge is always the first thing tossed due to spoilage?
Fruit Salad with Brown Sugar Glaze
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups fresh pineapple , chopped
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 6 ounces blackberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 4 kiwi , sliced
- 1 1/2 cups red grapes
- 2 - 3 bananas , sliced
- 1/3 cup pulp free orange juice
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar , packed
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon honey , optional
- 2 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding
Slice fruit and toss in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine orange juice, brown sugar and vanilla extract then stir it together until the brown sugar dissolves.
Pour mixture over the top of the fruit then toss it all together.
Sprinkle top with 2 teaspoons vanilla pudding, if desired. Do not add pudding to mixture in bowl otherwise it will become too thick.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.