You went apple picking, and now what? Are you wondering what to do with lots of apples? We’ve got you covered.
Many recipes only use one or two apples. Suppose you are like me and tend to get a bit overzealous when apple picking, a handful of apples will barely put a dent in your bounty. We don’t like anything to go to waste here at The Kitchen Chalkboard, so it’s time to use up those apples before they go bad.
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Which Apples Are Best?
Varieties ripen at various times, and that often determines which apples you pick. Generally, Gala, Fuji, and Honey Crisp are great for snacking, while Granny Smith, Braeburn, and Pink Lady’s firm texture hold up well in pies. But, it’s all up to taste. If you like the taste, use it for cooking or eating! The Pioneer Woman has a great breakdown of which apple to use when.
How To Measure Apples
When using apples in a recipe, the general rule is four small, three medium, or two large apples make a pound. When picking apples, you usually fill “a peck.” There are about 30-35 apples in a peck.
What To Do With Lots of Apples – How To Store
Apples are best on the counter and should last for several weeks. Keep them away from other fruits and vegetables as they emit a gas that causes quicker ripening.
What To Do With Lots of Apples – Can You Freeze Apples?
You can freeze apples! Place whole or sliced apples on a baking sheet and freeze for several hours until firm. Then move to a large freezer bag for more extended storage. Defrosted apples are great for baking.
You can also freeze prepared apple pie filling. Freeze the amount you would use in a pie. When ready to use, place it right into the crust and bake. You don’t need to defrost, but you must add baking time; plan for about 20 minutes, but times vary.
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Recipes That Use Lots Of Apples
- Stewed Apples – You may have the ingredients for this recipe on hand. If you don’t have juice, make some! Stewed apples are great with oatmeal or vanilla ice cream. They also freeze well. Allow them to come to room temperature and then freeze in Ziploc bags.
- Apple Sauce – There is nothing better than homemade apple sauce. It may have been a while since you had apple sauce, but now is the time to make it with so many fresh apples around. Cookie and Kate has a great recipe that uses a few pounds. Serve warm apple sauce for breakfast or dinner alongside a nice grilled pork chop.
- Chutney – If you are looking for something savory, chutney is a great option. Serve this sauce next to pork or chicken. You may want to double this recipe as it freezes well. Watch the cooking time; it may take longer than suggested
- Baked Apples – This dish looks fancy but the prep time is minimal. It takes some time to cook, so prepare it as you are just finishing prepping dinner, so it’s ready on time.
- Candy Apples – These aren’t just for Halloween. Candy apples are a great treat any time! So you don’t break your teeth, candy slices for easier eating. Just watch how you store them. Improper storage can lead to the coating sliding off. Wrap them in cellophane. Also, don’t skip the dip in vinegar to remove the wax coating; it makes a difference! Be sure to read the FAQs here, they are very helpful!
- Juice – This recipe has no sugar added. It’s also delicious and uses an Instapot. Use the finished product in an adult beverage. Add 2 ounces of vodka to a highball glass filled with ice, then top with apple juice.
- Apple Butter – I have only recently found apple butter and I am admittedly hooked! This recipe uses the slow cooker to create a great spread. Start it the night before and in the morning, put fresh apple butter on English muffins.
- Apple Bread – Shredded apples give this quick bread flavor and moisture. It’s great for breakfast. It yields two loaves, so pass one along to a neighbor or freeze for later.
- Apple Soup – A complete departure from the usual apple dishes, but this Scandinavian dish is worth a try!
- Apple Chips – You don’t need a food dehydrator to make this addicting snack. Place thin slices of apples on a baking sheet in a 225-degree oven.
- Apple Salsa – If you are looking for an unusual but healthy way to use up lots of apples? Try apple salsa. This recipe is so easy. If you can’t find Anaheim peppers, sub poblanos or even bell peppers and then adjust the flavors. Make double the batch and serve it with pork chops and rice for dinner.
What Do You Think?
Have you been apple picking? What do you do with lots of apples? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to hear. If your fall plans include pumpkin picking, learn how to make the BEST puree.
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