Enjoy them fresh
We love to eat apples raw, but there are also some great ways to cook with apples. If you haven't tried apple clafoutis yet, give it a whirl. It is one our top five grain-free breakfasts. Cooked apples make a delicious side dish alongside pork or chicken. I'm also working on a recipe for grain-free apple cinnamon muffins.
Preserve some apples
To extend our apple enjoyment, I am preserving lots of apples this year. An apple corer-peeler-slicer has been essential to save time. So far, I've put away one bushel (40 pounds), and hope to buy some more apples while the season lasts. I've made:
- Dried apples: Core and slice the apples; then dry them in a dehydrator or oven at the lowest temperature. We like to dry them until they are nice and crispy.
- Spiced apple butter: Throw cored apples (whole or sliced, with the peel on) into a slow cooker and let them cook all day. Add spices like cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, and cloves. Add a pinch of salt and some honey if desired. Then blend it all with an immersion blender until it is nice and smooth. I just store it in small jars in the freezer rather than canning it. I can't wait to try this on some homemade ice cream. It is wonderful stirred into a bowl of yogurt.
- Apple worms: Rather than throwing the apple peels into the compost bucket, I sprinkled them with a touch of cinnamon and then dried them in my oven for several hours at 200 degrees F. The result is a wonderful, crispy snack! My 4-year-old gets a kick out of eating these "worms".
- Frozen raw apples: In a large pot or bowl, combine cold filtered water and some sea salt (I used 1/4 cup salt to one gallon water). Core, peel, and slice the apples, and then chop them a bit more into smaller pieces. As each apple is prepared, drop the pieces into the salt water. Once all the apples are immersed, give them a stir. Drain into a colander and do NOT rinse the apples. Put the apples into quart freezer bags, and transfer to the freezer. These will be wonderful in the middle of winter cooked into clafoutis or an apple crisp.
- Frozen cooked apples: Peel, core, and slice apples. Cook them over low heat with a dash of salt and a little butter or coconut oil. When they are nice and soft, they are done! Scoop them into glass jars or bowls and freeze them. These will make a great quick side dish or treat.
This post is part of Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Fight Back Friday, Pennywise Platter, Real Food Wednesday, Monday Mania and Fat Tuesday!