I think apples are one of the best of natures snacks. They are easy to take on a day out, my kids love them at the end of a hard days work at school and they are so light and refreshing. Sometimes though I buy too many or someone gives me a whole load of apples because they have a homegrown glut of them. Then it becomes a race to get through them in time, so what do you do with them all? I asked my food waste Facebook group for their suggestions for what to do with apples and they had some great ideas both sweet and savoury.
Let’s start with the savoury ones and save dessert till later 🙂
- Grated into coleslaw,
- Apple slices spread with peanut butter as a snack,
- Added to vegetable soup,
- Roasted along with sweet potatoes and parsnips
- Added to mashed potatoes
- Apple jelly
- Bramley apples can be used to make a tomato and apple soup.
- Bramley apple added to a chicken casserole
- Sliced and fried served with sausages
- Fried and served with bacon (or fried, sliced, paprika sprinkled aubergine – vegan alternative to bacon)
- Apple cider vinegar
And now the sweet options:
- Apple sponge
- Apple semolina pudding (can use leftover whey instead of milk if you have some)
- Chocolate / toffee apples
- Apple cooked with sugar and cinnamon, layered with breadcrumbs fried in a bit of vegetable spread or butter and then chocolate chips stirred into them at the end. Served cold with cream.
- Slice the apples thinly and put them in a pan with a little butter some sugar, cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon cook gently until golden brown and serve warm with yoghurt or creme fraiche.
- Apple butter/ compote
- Apple and cinnamon cake
- Apple pie
If you have too many apples to use up all at once, keep them in the fridge because they will last longer than if you leave them out. You could also freeze them – one group member says she removes the core, slices them into chunks and freezes without cooking them for use in puddings. A lovely suggestion also was to make something for a neighbour you haven’t yet befriended. Finally if all else fails put them in the compost or leave them out for the birds.
Look out for next weeks post (hopefully on Monday) on how to use up amaretto and please join and share your ideas in the Facebook group for how to use it up. Join the Facebook group here: Reduce your food waste Facebook group. You can also look back at last weeks post on 12 wonderful ways to use up ground almonds!