Do you like to go out with your family to pick apples at this time of year? Maybe you're planning a trip to the orchard, or maybe you have apple trees on your property. No matter where you get your apples, there are plenty of ways to make good use of them this autumn. Check out some ideas to get you started.
- Make a Dish With an Apple Theme: Apple cinnamon muffins are a great treat to make for breakfast or to use as snacks. Take your apple pie a step further by making an apple pie milkshake! Or, if you're looking for a tasty, colorful salad, try your hand at making a Waldorf salad.
- Make Apple Juice: Making traditional apple juice is a fun way to savor your apples for several days.
- Dry Your Apples: It's pretty easy to dry apples at home, and they can be a nutritious substitute for potato chips. Sprinkle them with cinnamon or nutmeg for a bit of spice.
- Make Fruit Leather: Do your kids or grandkids like to eat fruit leather? Use your apples and throw in some pears to create your own batch of fruit leather.
- Make Candy Apples: If you like caramel apples, there's a good chance you'll like candy apples.
- Whip Up Some Applesauce: Did you know you can make applesauce in a slow-cooker? Yes, you can! It takes about four hours and three pounds of large, sweet apples to make a stash of delicious applesauce for your family.
- Make Apple Butter: Put aside nine medium-sized apples and you're on your way to enjoying a delicious supply of apple butter. Spread it on muffins, toast, or anything else that needs an extra splash of flavor.
- Make Apple Pie Moonshine: If you're looking for a refreshment with a little zip, try apple pie moonshine.
- Create Party Décor: If you're having a fall party, put a bowl of bright red or green apples out on your refreshment table. Guests can enjoy looking at them, grab one to eat, or both.
- Add a Sweet Twist to Your Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: The next time you make grilled cheese sandwiches for your family, cut a couple of apples into thin slices and put them on your sandwiches before melting the cheese.
- Build a Bird Feeder: First, take an apple and cut it in half vertically. Next, clean the center part out of both halves. Put a small screw into the top of each half, and tie a piece of twine around the top of the screw. Smear about a tablespoon of peanut butter into the center of the apple, then fill it with seeds. When you hang up the apple with the twine, the peanut butter will keep the seeds from falling out. I like the idea of using some of my apples to feed the birds.
- Store Them for the Winter: You don't have to eat all of your apples right away. Store them in baskets or wooden crates in a garage, cellar, or shed. Wrap each apple in a sheet of newspaper so if one goes bad, it won't spoil the bunch. Ideally, you want the storage temperature to be around 30 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to check on your apples over the winter to remove any that are deteriorating.
Try one or more of these ideas and let me know how they work out! As always, thanks for reading. - Alan