10 creative ways to use up those extra apples
Clubs of America | Jan 31, 2024
Are you facing a kitchen overflowing with apples? Whether you went overboard at the orchard, your apple tree had an exceptionally fruitful season, or you’re not sure what to do with all of those delicious apples from Clubs of America’s Fruit of the Month Club, having an abundance of this versatile fruit can be both delightful and daunting. But fear not! Instead of letting them go to waste or resorting to the same old recipes, let’s explore some inventive ways to make the most of your surplus apples. From sweet treats to savory delights, here are 10 creative ways to enjoy and preserve your apple harvest
Slice your apples thinly, sprinkle with cinnamon or a touch of sugar if desired, and bake them at a low temperature until crispy. These addictive snacks are not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to potato chips.
Simmer your apples with a bit of water, sugar, and cinnamon until they’re soft, then mash or blend them to your desired consistency. Homemade applesauce is a comforting treat on its own or a versatile ingredient in baking.
Check out this super easy and delicious Homemade Apple Sauce recipe!
Cook down your apples with spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until they reach a spreadable, caramelized consistency. Enjoy apple butter on toast, in yogurt, or as a condiment with savory dishes.
Turn your surplus apples into a delicious spread by cooking them with sugar and pectin. Experiment with adding flavors like ginger, vanilla, or even jalapeno for a unique twist.
Prepare batches of apple pie filling and freeze it for later use. Simply thaw and pour into a pie crust whenever you’re craving a warm, comforting dessert.
Press your apples to extract their juice, then simmer it with spices like cloves, cinnamon, and orange peel to make homemade apple cider. Enjoy it hot or cold, and consider canning some for enjoyment throughout the year.
Combine chopped apples with onions, peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and a touch of honey for a refreshing and unexpected salsa that pairs perfectly with grilled chicken or fish.
Slice your apples and serve them alongside a variety of cheeses for an elegant and effortless appetizer or snack. Experiment with different cheese types to find your favorite combinations.
Toss diced apples with mixed greens, nuts, dried cranberries, and a simple vinaigrette for a crisp and refreshing salad that’s perfect for any meal.
Cook diced apples with vinegar, sugar, and spices until thickened to create a flavorful chutney. Serve it alongside roasted meats, cheese platters, or as a condiment for sandwiches and wraps.
With these creative ideas, you’ll never feel overwhelmed by a surplus of apples again. Whether you’re craving something sweet, savory, or somewhere in between, there’s a delicious solution waiting to be discovered in your kitchen. So roll up your sleeves, grab your apron, and start transforming those apples into culinary delights that will be enjoyed by friends and family alike. After all, there’s no such thing as too many apples when you have a bit of creativity and a whole lot of delicious possibilities at your fingertips. Happy cooking!