Food & Beverage · Seasonal & Holiday

Yummy Ways to Cook Apples

So, you’ve gone apple picking and you’re left with a ton of apples! They’re starting to go bad and you don’t want to throw them out…here’s what to do.

Dried Apples

We buy them bagged all the time–why not make ’em? It’s a healthy treat that you can make as sweet as you want (or not). Simply core a small apple and cut into 1/8″ rounds. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, or your favorite spice. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake at 200 for 2-3 hours or until soft…and voila. A healthy, family snack.

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Apple Teeth

This is so cute for a Halloween treat or just a healthy kid snack. Core and quarter your apples and brush lemon juice on to prevent browning. Then, arrange into the shape of a mouth, fill with peanut butter, and add almond slices as teeth. This is a fun activity to do WITH the kids!

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Apple Sauce

It’s a no brainer, right? Try using a crockpot to really capture your flavors. First, peel the apple (optional!). Then boil your small apple slices. You can either use chunks, or mash the apples once the water is drained. Do not add water to the crock pot; your apples will release water. Add any spice you want. We love lemon rides, ginger, nutmeg, thyme, sage, rosemary, and cinnamon. Herbs are a great way to make this a dinner side. Or, make a great breakfast side by including pears!

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Apple Butter

In a large pan, cook a half cup of sugar until it turns a deep brown or amber. Then, add four cups of your delicious applesauce, plus a half tablespoon of cinnamon. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until reduced by half. Spread on some cinnamon raisin toast, Ritz Crackers, or an English muffin and…yum!

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