Oct 2, 2013

20 Ways to Use Apples


20 Ways to Use Apples

Autumn is here and for many of us that means apple picking season has begun.  As much fun as it is to gather the family together and bring home bushels of apples, you have to wonder what will you do with so many.  You can follow this list and put those apples to 20 good uses.

Use apples to brighten up a dull complexion!

1.  Facial Brightener

The pectin in apples can help reduce inflammation and fine wrinkles.  Simply apple grated apples to your face and allow to sit for 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water.

Use apples to keep your baked good moist!

2.  Keeps Baked Goods Moist

Store baked goods with half an apple in an airtight container to take advantage of this apple benefit.

Use an apple to soften up brown sugar!

3.  Softens Brown Sugar

Place hardened brown sugar in a airtight bag with a slice of apple to return the brown sugar to a softened state.

Dried apple chips are so easy to make in the oven!

4.  Make Dried Apple Chips

Thinly slice cored apples and place on a cookie sheet cover with parchment paper.  If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake at 225 degrees F, for an hour and a half.

Use dried apples to decorate for the holidays!

5.  Holiday Decorations

Now that you have your dried apples you can string them together on yarn and hang them on your Christmas tree or wherever you place garland.  Jazz it up with popcorn or other little decorations between the apple slices.

Use an apple to help ripen other fruit!

6.  Ripen Fruit

Place an apple in a brown paper bag with unripened bananas or other fruit to accelerate ripening.

The best apple pie recipe!

7. Apple Pie

What list could be complete without mentioning apple pie?  You can find plenty of yummy apple pie recipes online.  Here is one from All Recipes that claims to be the best.

Add apples to your sandwich for extra crunch!

8.  Make an Apple Sandwich

Slice an apple and place it on a peanut butter sandwich or a turkey sandwich for extra crunch and taste.

Use apples as a candle holder!

9.  Make Candle Holders

Use apples to make a pretty candle centerpiece for your holiday table.  What a great idea!

Use apples to absorb excess salt in soups & sauces!

10.  Hiding too Much Salt

If you added too much salt to a soup or sauce just toss in apple slices and remove before serving.  The apples will soak up the extra salt.

How to use apples in smoothies!

11. Make Apple Smoothies

Make apples the main ingredient in your next smoothie.  But, if you have too many leftover apples, you can toss them into any smoothie you make for added health benefits and sweetness.

Apples are perfect in salads!

12.  Add Them to Veggie Side Dishes and Salads

Add in some apples to a dish of brussels sprouts or in a Waldorf salad.

Yummy apple stuffing!  Adding apples to your holiday stuffing make it amazing!

13.  Apple Stuffing

Add diced apples to this year’s Thanksgiving stuffing for added flavor!

Did you know that you can use apples to make stamps?  Such a fun activity to do with the kids!

14.  Apple Stamps

Stamping with apples is a fun activity for the kids.  Cut the apples in half and dip in finger paint and stamp on paper.  If you want a fall table decoration you can cut burlap for table place mats and have the kids make an apple design by stamping apples on the burlap with acrylic paint. (More instructions here)

Make apple jelly with the abundance of apples this season!

15.  Preserve Apples

If you have too many apples to eat then think about preserving them by canning, freezing, or drying them.

Grilled apples is so easy and they taste SO good!

16.  Grill Apples

Slice your apples thick and place in a bag with orange juice, ginger, pepper, mint or whatever herbs and spices sound good to you.  Allow them to sit in the marinade in the fridge for an hour and then throw them on the grill.

How to make apple butter!  Plus many more uses for apples this season!

17.  Make Apple Butter

Apple butter is easy to make and yummy to eat.  Slice, core, and peel your apples then place in a crock pot.  Cover the apples with vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and any spice you desire.  Allow to cook for 10 hours and then blend.

How to make homemade apple sauce!  It's so easy!

18.  Make Apple Sauce

Apple sauce is so easy to make you may wonder why you ever purchased it.  Add sliced, cored, and peeled apples to a crock pot.  Add one cup water per 6 cups of apples with vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, or flavor as you wish.  Set the crock pot to high and allow to cook for four to five hours.  To get the consistency you want place in a food processor after removing from the crock pot.

Saute apples and onions together for a yummy side dish!

19.  Sautee with Onions

Slice up your apples and sautee them with onions and butter for a fall side dish.

Add diced apples to your pancakes!

20.  Apple Pancakes

Add in diced apples to your pancake batter for a special treat. You just can’t get much better than apple cinnamon pancakes!

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