What to Do with Apples Galore

What to Do with Apples Galore

apples-need-thinned.jpgIt’s apple season! And thanks to the wonder of grafting, between my two trees I have four different varieties.

I will admit, it is nice to not have to buy them right now as they are all over two bucks a pound at my local grocery store and even more at my local farmer’s market. And the kids love to just hop out in the yard and grab them from the tree. Hmmm-I pulled a few and put them in a bowl on the table and they STILL are going out in the yard to pick one from the tree. I give up.

My fav is Gravenstein and I have never understood why they aren’t available around here in stores. The closest I’ve found is the Honeycrisp and they are a very pricey alternative. But nothing truthfully tastes like a Gravenstein except the original and every year I am faced with the common issue of what to do with all the apples in our short season.

I have a very hard time wasting any food when there are people going hungry so I donated a bag to the food bank yesterday. And now I am going to make some applesauce and apple butter, if I can find the time. Although there are great recipes for apple pies available, I like to preserve as much as I can to make them last. I think that I need to buy a juicer for next year as my kids prefer juice to sauce and apple butter. Or do you make apple juice by boiling? I will have to look into that.

Here is my easy applesauce recipe, which tastes especially good with Gravenstein apples.

  1. Add 20 medium sized apples, cored, peeled and sliced with ¼ cup of water to a large pot with lid on the stove on medium heat.
  2. Boil for several hours, stirring occasionally. It’s done when it reaches desired consistency. Some people like it chunky and some like it smooth.
  3. Add ½-1 cup of sugar to taste, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg.
  4. We like to eat it warm and it’s a great topping for ice cream. Freeze remainder in airtight freezer containers or sealed bags.
  5. Give some away if you have extra.

  • Krys
    Posted at 17:05h, 04 September Reply

    You can also dry them — my mom used to do that when I was a kid & the dried apples were a great snack. The house also smells amazingly wonderful as the apples are drying!


  • Flora
    Posted at 10:40h, 08 September Reply

    Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing. ~Flora

  • Flora
    Posted at 12:06h, 09 September Reply

    Jasmine has a good tip on her site on how to dry apples in an oven. Very cool. Check it out here: http://mygardenspaces.com/SFblog/?p=445

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