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Pourable Fruit – put it on everything!

You guys… I have a confession… I am so awkward in the kitchen.  So completely awkward.

I remember liking to cook and bake when I was living with college friends (oh so long ago), and also when Mr. Won’t Run and I were newly married (although there may have been a lot of canned soup involved), so I’m not quite sure what happened, but I have a feeling it’s related to small apartment kitchens.  When there isn’t enough storage space or counter space or floor space, you start avoiding the kitchen.  It’s the last place on earth you want to be, and forget trying to get two people in there at once, and especially not two people AND a dog!  This was exactly the problem the last two years when we had the tiniest kitchen ever, but we’ve been in our new place since January and the kitchen is pretty decent for an apartment, but it seems I’ve forgotten everything I ever knew.  We’ll have to work on that.

Oregon Fruit Company has thankfully come to my rescue, and to celebrate their 80th year of business, they’ve re-released the coolest product – Pourable Fruit!

pourable fruit trio

They kindly offered to send me some to try out, and I have to say, it made me feel like a pro in the kitchen.  I love supporting local businesses, and if they can help me in the kitchen it’s a tasty win-win for everyone.  Especially for Mr. Won’t Run.

It worked perfectly when I had a strawberry shortcake craving but didn’t have any strawberries – and even if I did, who wants to slice all those strawberries, right?  They wouldn’t even last long enough around here to get sliced!  And those people who get fancy and cook the strawberries to make a delicious syrup type of topping, yeah, that’s not me.  Reference awkwardness mentioned above.

So, Pourable Fruit to the rescue!  I’d give you this recipe but I don’t think it qualifies as a recipe… pound cake + cool whip + Pourable Fruit.  #tastytrifecta

shortcake trifle

For some strange reason I also had a craving for a margarita one night.  It was a Monday, but I’m sure there’s no correlation.  I googled a few margarita recipes and I think this ended up being something more like a colada.  Or a daquiri.  Or a slurpee.  I don’t really know my cocktail rules, I just know I like tequila, and I think tequila is the defining factor for a margarita, so we’re going to go with that.  Had to add coconut too.

Again, I feel weird calling this a recipe… it’s just equal parts tequila, lime juice, coconut milk, cream of coconut, and Pourable Fruit.  I did 1/2 cup of each + 10 ice cubes and that made about 3 cups.  So, 1 serving, yeah?

margarita 01

So quick and easy, and there are so many things you could use it on or mix it with:

  • on top of ice cream (duh)
  • on top of cheesecake (double duh)
  • on top of pancakes and waffles and french toast (oh my)
  • layered with yogurt and granola (healthy)
  • mix it with cottage cheese and grape nuts (did anyone else eat that in college? so weird)
  • freeze it as ice cubes to dress up champagne (fancy)
  • salad dressings (lettuce eat fruit with our salad)
  • all the lemonades (mmmm, strawberry mint sounds good)
  • endless options with booze (obviously)
  • an italian soda (with a little vodka)
  • a real margarita (not a mutant one like mine)
  • a tequila spritzer (sign me up!)
  • a dipping sauce for some savory sweet summer rolls (yessssss)

Additional info + product highlights:

  • fresh fruit picked at the peak of ripeness from farms around Oregon and the U.S
  • manufactured using a cold process to maintain the vivid flavor and color of the fruit
  • lightly sweetened with cane sugar to enhance the fruits’ natural sugars
  • no high fructose corn syrup (has less sugar per serving than fruit syrup or jam)
  • no artificial ingredients
  • gluten-free
  • non-GMO
  • Kosher
  • 18 oz. bottles in freezer section at 142 Fred Meyer stores across OR, WA, and AK
  • retails for $7.99 MSRP
  • look for it in the freezer section (defrost it in the refrigerator, use it within ten days)
  • it may be under the previous name and packaging (berrst) which you can see pictured here and used in a berry meringue trifle!

Check out for more info and recipe ideas!

And please tell me there are other awkward kitchen ladies out there.  Let’s start a support group.

(Oregon Fruit Products sent me a free 18oz. bottle to try, all opinions are my own.)

Hi, I'm Sarah, a 30-something wife, doggy-mama, beginner runner (still), wannabe cook, and 9-5 cubicle farm worker, just trying to enjoy life in beautiful Portland, OR!

One Comment

  • Erin

    That berry trifle sounds great, especially right now when I’m having a total afternoon sugar craving! I love using Pourable Fruit this time of year also when fresh fruit is hard to find, it’s such a great option. And totally feel you on the small kitchen problems. I am lucky to have a lot of space now but had that situation before, and boy is it hard and less welcoming! Lastly, thanks for linking to my blog!

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