Have extra apples that need used up? There are plenty of simple and tasty ways to use them up. Whether you find new ways to serve the apples or decide to preserve the apples, the options keep you from tossing old apples.
You’ve had your fill of raw apples. Why not cook them? Baking applies makes a quick, healthy and tasty dessert option. Core the apple, sprinkle it with cinnamon and brown sugar, and add a pat of butter. Bake it until it is soft. Or cook apple slices with a little water, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat until they are soft.
Applesauce is easy to make at home, and it tastes much better than the stuff you get at the store. You peel and dice the apples and cook them in a large pot with some water. Use a mix of apple varieties to get your own custom applesauce. If the apples are sweet enough for your taste, you won’t need to add any extra sweetener. If you want some extra sweetness, add brown sugar or regular sugar. Cinnamon is also a good addition to applesauce. Once the apples are soft, use a potato masher or immersion blender to make is smooth. You can leave some larger pieces if you like chunky applesauce. Can or freeze the extra applesauce if you don’t eat it all right away.
Add Them to Dishes
Apples work in a variety of meals. Applies always pair well with pork. Add apple slices to your pork chops or pork roasts. Apples also work well in sausage dishes, chutneys, stuffing, pancakes and salads. Or use the apples in sweet treats, such as quick breads, muffins, pies and cakes.
Dry It Up
If your apples are nearing their freshness expiration, consider preserving them. Drying the apples is one option. You can cut them into horizontal slices and put them in a food dehydrator to make dried apple rings. Dried apples will last a while. Plus you can use them in other things, such as trail mixes or granola. The dried apples can even become a decoration. Tie them to a ribbon for a homemade garland, for example.
Another preservation method is to freeze the apples. The easiest option is to slice the apples before freezing. This makes them easier to use when you thaw them. Dip the cut slices into a mixture of water and lemon juice so they don’t brown. Spread them on a pan so they aren’t touching and let them freeze just until they are solid. Put the frozen apple slices in a container.
If you just can’t stomach the thought of eating more apples in any form, consider alternative uses. Here are some ideas:
- Cut the apples in half and use them as stamps for a craft project.
- Put them in a clear container as a centerpiece.
- Arrange them in your fall tablescape.
- Put a basket of apples out front for a fall decoration.
- Cut a small circle in the top just large enough for a tea candle. Use the apple as a fall candle holder.