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Cooking from Scratch - What To Do With Apples
Fall is the season for apples. My family loves to go apple picking and come home with 50 or more pounds each time we go. Of course then the challenge is to come up with ways to use those apples before they go bad. The cheapest prices of apples all year will be in the fall, so now is the best time to enjoy them and cook with them. Here are some ideas.
If you have a lot of apples that need to be used fairly quickly applesauce is a great way to do it. I love to peel and dice a crock-pot full around lunch time and my house smells wonderful all afternoon. After you have the apples diced, add 1/2 a cup of water and cook on low. About 30 minutes before dinner you can add a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar or 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. For dinner we get a very nutritious side dish. I personally think homemade applesauce is the best! You can also make this quicker using the stove. It takes about 1 hour to cook a large pot on the stove.
I also like to include apples in some of my main dishes. Sausage Apple Sweet Potato Bake is a very good fall and winter meal. It has lots of vitamins and minerals in it and everyone loves it. Pork roast goes well with apples too. Get your roast ready for the crock-pot or oven and add potatoes and apples around the sides. It really does add a great flavor to the roast.
I also like to freeze apples. I will peel and dice apples for apple cobbler and peel and chop (very small) apples for muffins. Apple muffins are so good! By freezing the apples I can stock up on apples when they are on sale (grocery store or pick your own) and eat them all year in some wonderful recipes. Here is the apple muffin recipe I use.
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup stone-ground whole wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced small
2 tsp sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375. Beat the egg in a medium bowl and then add the oil and sugar, beating until well blended. In a separate bowl mix together the white flour, wheat flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and then pour in the milk. Mix well. Fold in the diced apples.
Pour batter into greased muffin tins 2/3s full. Sprinkle the topping evenly over all muffins and bake for 20 minutes.
I got the recipe from the cookbook Knead It, Punch It, Bake It! and we have loved these muffins for a year now. It usually makes 12-18 depending on how large you want the muffins.
Apples are so good for you and are in great supply in the fall. Take advantage of this and try some new ways to eat apples!