What to do with too many apples: Delicious recipes for your abundance!

If you love apples, you may decide to buy them in bulk or pick them from your orchard. However, as time goes by, you will have more apples than you need, and they will start to rot. Rotten apples attract pests, and you don’t want that. The good news is that you can use the surplus apples to make delicious dishes, condiments, and desserts. You can even store them for the winter.

In this article, we will look at some delicious recipes for your abundance of apples. We will also explore some storage options that will keep the fruit fresh.

Freezing Apples

If you have too many apples, freezing is an excellent option. You can use frozen apples in various dishes, including pies, cakes, and smoothies. Here is how you can freeze your apples:

Step 1:

Peel and core your apples. Slice them into your desired shapes and sizes.

Step 2:

Layer the apple slices on a baking sheet, making sure they don’t touch each other.

Step 3:

Put the baking sheet in the freezer until the apples are frozen. This will take about an hour.

Step 4:

Transfer the frozen apples into a freezer-safe container or bag. Seal the container and store it in the freezer.

Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a classic dessert that you can make using apples. Here is a simple recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced apples
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of quick oats
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Place the sliced apples in an 8×8 inch baking dish.
  3. Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, butter, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  4. Sprinkle the mixture over the sliced apples.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender.

Apple Sauce

Applesauce is a tasty and healthy option for too many apples that you cannot use up. It can also be used as a filling for apple turnovers.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced apples
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place the sliced apples in a large saucepan with water.
  2. Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Mash the apples with a potato masher or a fork.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool then transfer it to a container and refrigerate.

Apple Chips

Apple chips are a healthy and tasty snack. You can make them using a dehydrator. Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large apples
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Cinnamon powder (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the dehydrator to 135°F.
  2. Peel and core the apples, and slice them thinly.
  3. Toss the slices in a bowl with lemon juice and cinnamon powder.
  4. Place the apple slices on the dehydrator tray, making sure they don’t touch each other.
  5. Dehydrate the apple slices for 8-10 hours.
  6. When the apple chips are crisp, remove them from the dehydrator and allow them to cool.

Apple Cider Vinegar

You can use apple cider vinegar in various recipes, including salad dressing, marinades, and soups. Making it is easy, and it’s an excellent way to use excess apples.

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 large apples
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • Water as needed

Instructions:

  1. Peel and core the apples, then chop them into small pieces.
  2. Put the apple pieces in a glass jar and add enough water to cover them by an inch or two.
  3. Add sugar to the jar and stir well.
  4. Cover the jar with cheesecloth and secure it with a rubber band.
  5. Store the jar in a dark, cool place for 2-3 weeks. Once a week, stir the mixture.
  6. After three weeks, strain the mixture through cheesecloth, then transfer the liquid to a new glass jar.
  7. Store the jar in a cool, dark place for another 3-4 weeks.
  8. When the vinegar is ready, use it in your favorite recipes or as a household cleaner.

Storing Apples

Storing apples properly is essential for preserving their quality. Here are some tips for storing apples:

Room Temperature Storage

You can store apples at room temperature for about a week. Place them in a cool place away from sunlight and heat sources.

Refrigerator Storage

You can keep apples in the fridge to keep them fresh for up to 4-6 weeks. Place them in a bag or a container and make sure they are not in contact with other fruits or vegetables.

Freezer Storage

As mentioned earlier, you can freeze apples to use them later. However, you should note that frozen apples become soft when thawed, so they are best used for cooked recipes.

Conclusion

As we have seen, having too many apples does not have to be a problem. With these recipes, you can turn your abundance of apples into delicious dishes and snacks that your whole family will enjoy. Additionally, storing your apples properly will help you avoid wasting them.

FAQs

Q: Can I use any type of apples to make apple sauce?

Yes. However, some apple varieties are sweeter than others, so you may have to adjust the sugar to suit your taste.

Q: Can I use frozen apples in a pie?

Yes. However, you should note that frozen apples will produce more liquid when baked, so you may need to adjust the recipe to account for this.

Q: Can I store cut apples in the fridge overnight?

Yes. However, you should sprinkle lemon juice on the apples to prevent them from browning.

Q: How long can I store apple cider vinegar?

You can store apple cider vinegar indefinitely. However, over time, the vinegar may change in taste and color.

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