Whoa, Apples!

United States
September 10, 2008 7:41am CST
Since money has been getting tighter I have been trying to be more creative in the things I feed my family. We have been letting people know that if they have extra garden bounty I would love to have it. We ended up with a ton of apples. If we each at an apple a day we would still be eating apples at christmas. I have decided to make apple jelly, and apple pie filling, but what else can I do to preserve these apples so we can use them through the year?
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• United States
11 Sep 08
Homemade applesauce is the way to go and it tastes great! Try to keep a lot available to be eaten each day....apples are one of the "perfect food" fruits. I know microwaving was mentioned, but unless you're completely pressed for time, try not to cook them in a microwave. Microwave cooking wipes out about 80% of the nutrients. My son did an experiment in school a couple of years ago. Everyone brought in two seeds, 2 little pots and the teacher provided the soil. The pots were prepared with soil and the first seed was planted in one pot. The second seed was microwaved for 20 seconds and then planted. Not one of the microwave seeds ever grew....not one! They even added miracle gro to the pots with the microwaved seeds, still nothing. Every seed that was not microwaved sprouted and grew, even without Miracle Gro. But 20 seconds in the microwave rendered the seeds useless. Just something to think about the next time you go to use your microwave.
• United States
13 Sep 08
That is a great experiment to do with my kids at home. I love to do little science projects here and there with them. I do most of my cooking on the stove or in the oven so I dont worry a tom about the microwave, but maybe I should think more about it. I wonder how long the seed was okay for?
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
11 Sep 08
my family loves home made apple sauce...just cut up the apples into small chunks (they cook faster that way) add cinnamon to taste and there you go. i have never frozen it, but i imagine if you put in ziploc bags, it would be just fine. enjoy!
• United States
13 Sep 08
I might try to freeze some and see while I still have a good amount. I figure I will know by the next day if it works or not. Most things freeze well.
@pam210 (345)
• United States
11 Sep 08
Apple sauce is the easiest. I cook the apples in the microwave with a little bit of sugar and water and then when they are soft just mash them up and freeze. You can also make a keep them in slices cook them up with some sugar freeze them and then use them warmed up over ice cream. What about making dried apples? I never did it but if you have a dehydrater or know someone that does that is another way to use them up. My family loves baked apples. I just core the apple and peel it and then put a little bit of butter and brown sugar over it and cook it until soft in the microwave.
• United States
11 Sep 08
Making applesauce in the microwave is something that would have never occured to me. Thank you. Sounds simple~ and good.
@thedaddym (1737)
• United States
10 Sep 08
You can make and can applesauce. I am sorry that is all I can think of for preserving them. Apples taste really good cooked with pork chops.
• United States
11 Sep 08
It looks like that is a popular answer. I will definately have to try it.
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Try applesauce. It's so easy, just cook the apples down to the consistency you like for applesauce and add a little cinnamon. I like to make mine a little on the chunky side. I have always wanted to try making apple butter, but it takes a lot of time. You could give that a try if you like.
• United States
11 Sep 08
Ive never tried applesauce before but I know my family likes it. I will look into it and give it a go. Thank you for your great idea.
• United States
10 Sep 08
I have been doing thesame thing and it realy helps.I have put alot of food in the freezer and still have two bags of okra and greens to work up,but have not had time yet i have been working a lot.ut will get it done tonight.
• United States
11 Sep 08
Every little bit helps. I think that one of the best things we ever did for our finances was to buy a stand alone freezer. We can store so much more and keep it organized easier. I figured if we have a lot of apples left then we can just cut and freeze them and use them for smoothies.
• United States
15 Sep 08
-Dehydrate some. These would make wonderful snacks for later. -Make meatloaves that incorporate the apples. These can easily be frozen and reheated later. -Can apple chutney. -Use them for apple juice. -Make and can apple sauce.