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What to Do With an Abundance of Apples

One component of eating the cheapest foods (rather than looking for ways to afford the foods you want to eat) is taking advantage of deals. Sometimes that can land a little more produce in your hands than you know what to do with. Don’t be afraid of it!

 

Here’s what to do if you’re blessed with what seems like WAY too many apples!

 

What to do with an abundance of apples.

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Freeze ‘Em

Freezing is a quick way to dispose of apples, provided you have the freezer space!

 

You can freeze:

  • Apple chunks or slices
  • Applesauce
  • Or even apple juice.

 

How to freeze apples.

 

Can ‘Em

A little more involved than freezing (okay, a lot more involved) but, in my experience, it’s easier to find places to put more cans of food than it is to fit more stuff in the freezer!

 

Can:

  • Applesauce (Golden Delicious apples make the most delicious sugar-free applesauce!)
  • Apple juice (we can the juice from cooking apples for applesauce)
  • Apple chunks or slices
  • Apple pie filling (so you don’t have to eat all your pies in one week!)
  • Apple butter

 

National Center for Home Food Preservation | Canning Sliced Apples

National Center for Home Food Preservation | Canning Applesauce

National Center for Home Food Preservation | Canning Apple Juice

 

Don’t know how to can? See resource below.

 

Dry ‘Em

You can dry apple slices or rings, then eat them, cook them, use them in pies and breads, and so on. You can also use apple in fruit leather.

 

Don’t know how to dry foods? See resources below.

 

Eat ‘Em!

Of course.

But how? An apple after every meal, like taking medicine, just to be sure they don’t go to waste?

Not necessarily!

 

Here are a few ideas:

  • Raw apples
  • Raw apples with peanut butter, almond butter, or another nut butter
  • Peanut butter and apple sandwiches
  • Cooked apples
  • Baked apples
  • Fruit salad
  • Fruit soup
  • Applesauce
  • Apple in your cereal
  • Apple bread
  • Apple butter
  • Apple cake
  • Apple cobbler
  • Apple cookies
  • Apple crisp
  • Apple muffins
  • Apple pancakes
  • Apple pie
  • Apple salad
  • Apple waffles

 

No need for apple boredom!

 

Need a recipe? See resources below.

 

Eat ‘Em Later

But! They won’t keep, you protest!

Store them in the refrigerator or another cool place, for longest keeping. Then preserve some by freezing, canning, or drying. Then make some of those things in the list above (like apple bread and apple muffins) and freeze them for later!

 

Share ‘Em With Others

Some people will appreciate a few free apples, but not everyone. If your people aren’t apple eaters (or your apples are too ugly to share), make them into something first, like an apple pie or apple bread. And things like apple crisp or apple cake are potluck friendly!

 

Resources:

So Easy To Preserve New & Revised Edition Plastic Comb – September 2, 2006by Elizabeth Andress (Author), Judy Harrison (Author).

Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving ~  37Th Edition by Ball

Excalibur dehydrators (they’re supposed to be very good).

National Center for Home Food Preservation | UGA Publications (PDF instructions)

National Center for Home Food Preservation | How to Can

National Center for Home Food Preservation | How to Dry Foods

Drying Foods

Apples recipes from Taste of Home

Apple recipes from Allrecipes.com

Apple recipes at Recipe Archive

Apple recipes at Vegetarian Times

 

If you don’t have an abundance of apples but you’d like to, try Ripe Near Me or Local Harvest.

 

Never fear too many apples again!

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