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What Can I Do With All These Christmas Fruitcakes?

Here we are again, it’s Christmas season and you just received ANOTHER fruitcake! It’s someone’s idea of a great gift, and you don’t want to hurt their feelings, but your stash of fruitcakes grows every year. Since you don’t eat them, you’ve just stockpiled them, so what can you do with them?You just received another one….what can you do? Thank the giver kindly and once they’ve gone, refer to this page for four really great things you can do with Christmas Gift Fruitcakes.

There ARE other things ways to use Christmas Gift Fruitcakes, besides (GASP!!) trying to eat them. If you’ve collected a lot of them year after year, you know that they last forever, so make use of this material for projects! On the other hand, if you’ve just started receiving fruitcakes, there are suggestions for that too.

#1. Garden Pavers!

I think this is my favorite way to use fruitcakes. If you’re a gardener, you’ll love it too. They’re hardy things, seeming  to last forever.  They’re also hard and heavy. The loaf-shaped ones are excellent garden pavers for borders or walks. It will take quite a while before they deteriorate and need to be replaced. Of course, that shouldn’t pose a problem, since Aunt Emmy or Granny Mildred will be happy to keep you supplied each year. Besides, it’s ecologically sound because as they deteriorate they fertilize the plants, saving you time, energy and money. A very efficient Eco-friendly way to feed your plants without chemicals.

 

Perfect for garden pavers for walks

Perfect for garden pavers for walks

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#2. Re-gifting Is So Easy!

Re-gifting is always a good use. A clever way to do this is to switch them around. If you receive more than one fruitcake, and it comes in a tin, remove it and switch it to a different tin. That way, when you give it back, the recipient will think it’s a different one…clever, huh? If you only got one, then either buy a new tin, or re-wrap in fancy gift paper, stick a bow on it, and you’re good to go! Gift bags work well too! If you make it look different outside, it will be like a whole new fruitcake. Only you will know that the same person who gave it to you this year, received it from you last year!

 

Re-gifting works well with fruitcakes.

Re-gifting works well with fruitcakes.

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#3. Unique And Wonderful Doorstops!

In the Spring and Fall, sometimes you just want to let in a little fresh air. Fruitcakes are wonderful doorstops, allowing fresh air to enter your house. You can use them in the tin for a festive look, or wrap them in seasonal paper with appropriate Spring and Fall colors. Or if you’re a crafty, creative person sew a special cover. This may become a unique conversation piece in your home for its beauty, and they’ll never know how it started unless you tell them. Just be careful that you don’t accidentally stub your toe on it, and keep guests away from the area too, because these doorstops can be dangerous in the house of a novice.

You'd never know it's a fruitcake, that is, unless you stumbled on it and broke a toe.

You’d never know it’s a fruitcake, that is, unless you stumbled on it and broke a toe.

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 #4. Hold Turkey Down In The Brine!

If you’ve ever brined a turkey, a key to correct brining is to keep the turkey submerged in the liquid. To do this, use a large pot for the brining liquid, place the turkey in the liquid, then place a plate topside down on the turkey. Next put a fruitcake on top of the plate, and the weight alone will hold the turkey down. Once the brining is finished, wrap the fruitcake in plastic wrap and then in two sheets of tinfoil, and re-purpose it for that game of touch football on the lawn after holiday dinner. It’s always good to be able to save money this way.

 

Fruitcake in plastic bag will hold turkey down in brine.

Fruitcake in plastic bag will hold turkey down in brine.

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Other Uses for A Fruitcake

This woman has 14  suggestions for other uses.

 

Jimmy Buffet says there’s a little bit of fruitcake in all of us! Do you think that’s true? In my case, I have to agree with his estimation. Otherwise I wouldn’t find using fruitcake for all these things other than eating, so funny! I hope you did too.

 

 

If you’ve just GOT to have a fruitcake for eating, here are some suggestions for you. But I’ll not be responsible for your decision. Oh and by the way, if you buy a fruitcake or any other item from this page, this author receives a commission from Amazon. But don’t let that stop you! Oh and if you want to make your own deliciously decadent fruitcake, try my recipe for how to make an Easy Fruitcake Recipe.


Here’s a few things you might find useful in your quest to re-gift a fruitcake, or to use it as a brining weight, or for that matter some gardening books about how to lay pavers, or material for making a doorstop! Just browse if you like…we don’t mind! We’re busy laying pavers in the garden!