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What To Do With Apples- 10 Great Ideas

Updated on October 21, 2015
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.

What to do with apples
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Here's what to do with apples when there's a bumper harvest:

I love apples, because they are so versatile and relatively low in calories, considering how many nutrients they contain. The question is often, what to make with apples. Cooking with apples is so versatile because you can bake with apples, make juice, apple chips, apple chutney, they provide lovely table decoration ideas or even a gorgeous apple gift. Left as they are, they are crunchy, juicy, make a great snack and provide a natural teeth whitening.

This page celebrates the humble apple, which got it's first mention right back in the garden of Eden at the beginning of creation, although it was a fruit, which we have interpreted as being an apple. In those days they would have tasted quite different to our poor varieties today that struggle with pollution and long storage. However, it's still with us today and people are biting into them all over the world and for that we are truly thankful. Even the tomato was lovingly named The Love Apple by the french in the 16th century as it was a fruit after all!


Contents

 
 
 
Table Decoration Ideas
Baking With Apples
Preserving Apples
Drinking Them
Tasty Snacks
Apples For Facial Skin Care
Apple Games & Crafts
Apple Gifts
An Apple A Day
How To Store Apples
 
 

Vote For Your Favourite Apple Varieties

Do you know the Love Apple?

You could eat a different apple every day for more than 19 years, and never eat the same kind twice, so I obviously couldn't include them all here!

In the 16th Century the French named the tomato "La Pomme D'Amour" (the love apple), so the tomato is a fruit!

What Is Your Favourite Apple Variety?

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1. Table Decoration Ideas

An attractive eye-catcher for any meal!

Table Decoration Ideas
Table Decoration Ideas | Source

Make place settings with your apples

Simply make a slit in the tops of your apples and slip in a card with the person's name, so that they know where they are placed at the dining table.


Make Candles With Your Apples - Great Table Decoration Ideas

When you want to know what to do with apples, try making candle holders that are really attractive, natural and easy to make. You simply carve out a tealight-shaped portion from the top of the apple, where the tealight will snugly sit. Let them gently glow on your table. See the video tutorial below.

Apples are also great for making wreaths in which to place your candles.

So simple, yet so effective!

Watch How To Make Candle Holders With Apples - It's easy!

2. Baking With Apples

Apple Cake

Mary Berry's Apple Dessert Cake
Mary Berry's Apple Dessert Cake | Source

All Our Favorite Apple Desserts

What is your favorite apple dessert?

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You Can Get Mary Berry's Delicious Recipe Here

Mary Berry's New Aga Cookbook
Mary Berry's New Aga Cookbook

Mary Berry is very popular in UK at present with The Great British Bake off. This cookbook however, has American measurements, teaching you also how to cook with an Aga.

 

Roasting With Apples For Best Meat

Just stuff a whole apple inside the bird before placing it in your roasting pan. When cooked, discard the apple and enjoy a beautifully moist chicken.

Make an applesauce to go with your roast pork. Simply stew some peeled, cored and chopped apples with 1/2 lemon for every pound of apples and a tablespoon of sugar. Add butter and salt to serve.


3. What can I make with apples to preserve them?

Enjoy this apple chutney recipe with cold meats, sausages or pork.

Apple Chutney
Apple Chutney | Source

Serving Size

Serves: Makes approx. 7lb (3.5 kilos)

Ingredients For Apple Chutney

  • 2 kg apples
  • 3 medium onions
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 pints brown or white malt vineagar
  • 1 tablespoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2/ teaspoon salt
  • 200 g sultanas
  • 300 g sugar

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop onions and apples. Peel and crush garlic cloves.
  2. Put into a preserving pan with the vineagar, curry powder, cayenne pepper and salt.
  3. Simmer steadily, stirring now and again until the fruit is soft, then stir in sultanas and sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved, then boil steadily until consistency of jam.
  4. Put into hot jars and seal.
Cast your vote for An Apple Chutney Recipe

4. What can I make with apples to drink them?

Make a cool, refreshing drink with apples

Freshly squeezed apple juice contains a greater proportion of valuable nutrients than shop bought juice, which has been processed and stored. Get your maximum portions of vitamins A & C and vital minerals: potassium, calcium and magnesium for extra vitality and energy in your day.

Freshly squeezed apple juice-

contains rich amounts of pectin, which acts as antioxidants against damage caused by cholesterol in the blood.Try adding hot water and a pinch of cinnamon to your fresh apple juice to make a warming, refreshing drink.



Or Make Your Own Apple Cider - Especially with your own apple tree, this could be a worthwhile craft

Craft Cider Making
Craft Cider Making

A "must-read" book for anyone wanting to make their own apple cider. It has clear instructions from planting the right apple trees (athough you don't have to own your own apple orchard!) through to bottling it. One of the best books on cider making!

 

5. What can I make with apples for a tasty snack?

Make Your Own Apple Chips With Dried Apples

Simply peel, core and slice apples into even shapes, lay out between pieces of kitchen towel to absorb surplus moisture and place onto a tray that goes into your microwave. Microwave on de-frost or 30 percent power and cook for 10 minutes. Transfer to a plastic container and leave open overnight. The next day seal container and store. A deliciously healthy snack.

Apples can also be served simply skinned and sliced, sprinkled with a little lemon juice and served on a platter with nuts, raisins or cheese.

6. Apples For Facial Skin Care

Make an exfoliating mask with them

Apples contain colagen and elastin that help to keep the skin young. So apply a mixture of mashed apple, oatmeal, honey and rose water on your skin and enjoy the results naturally!

Simply natural!

All About Apples- Did You Know?

In 1307 William Tell had to redeem his life by shooting an apple with his crossbow, from the head of his son. Luckily he was an expert shot and succeeded at freeing himself and his son from death!

7. Apple Games & Crafts- Play With Them

Great for halloween or thanksgiving and harvest festivals!

  • Play Bobbing For Apples- a popular Halloween game that's sure to get everyone laughing- and wet! Simply fill a bowl with water and add some apples.The guests have to retrieve them using only their mouths, with their hands behind their backs. Bobbing for apples started as a Celtic New Year's tradition to determine whom you would marry. Apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air.
  • Play balancing an apple on your head and walking it from one end of the room to the other. Make a relay race with two teams. Whoever drops the apple or touches it with their hands has to start again!
  • Make apple stamps by simply cutting them, as straight as possible down the middle, leaving to dry and then painting them in your favorite colors before stamping them out onto plain paper. How about drawing a large tree on a length of wallpaper and stamping the apples onto the tree.

8. An Apple Gift

Try this irresistible gift idea of -Chocolate Apples

Wrap them up in chocolate or toffee and give them away- if you can!

Melt some chocolate and dip in 3/4 of the apple half, one at a time, then dip into chopped nuts or sprinkles. When set, wrap in cellophane, tie with a ribbon and attach a name tag.


9. Simply Eat An Apple just as it is- fresh off the tree -

For loads of nutrition and a natural teeth whitening remedy!

An apple provides a natural teeth whitening

It can act as a toothbrush when eaten whole, because the process of biting and chewing an apple clears away bacteria between your teeth and scrubs away surface stains. Apples contain malic acid, a chemical used in teeth whitening products which helps to remove stains. A good reason to eat them regularly!

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

10. How To Store Apples To Enjoy For Later

How To Store Apples

When sorting your apples, choose the unblemished ones to store for later use. Wrap each individually in uncoloured newspaper and place in a cool, dark place. Do not store with potatoes, as they let off an otherwise harmless gas that apples react to, although adding an apple to your potatoes will help to keep your potatoes fresher for longer. Apples shouldn't be frozen either, although if your apples are mainly blemished, you can cook them up into pies etc. and freeze them in this way. Wrapping them individually in newspaper ensures that if any become blemished during storage, they do not contaminate the others. Handle carefully to avoid bruising. Storing apples in this way should give you a ready supply well into the following year.

Apple Pasta Salad

Apple Pasta Salad
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      Peg Cole 23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for the great ideas on using apples. I love apple strudel.

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      Vicki_P 3 years ago

      Thanks - I will definitely look up a couple of links since I've lost my favorite apple crisp recipe. One thing we all love is homemade chunky applesauce using granny smith apples - just cook till soft, add a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon, and sugar to taste, and mash with potato masher. Refrigerate and enjoy. Nummy.

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      RapidWhiteSmiles 3 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful lens, could spend hours on here, so much information, thanks for sharing. I'm gonna be trying the chocolate covered apple :-)

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      Wow, these ideas are amazing. Thanks for sharing them. Take Care :)

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      Christine Hulme 4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      @PaigSr: I like the sound of apple with peanut butter. Think I might try it!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      There are two main things I use apples for. Apple sauce and peanut butter and apple sandwiches. Of course my youngest tends to just get his hands on an apple and go to town.

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Very versatile. Very healthy. You can't go wrong with an apple.

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      When I purchased my current home there was an apple tree on the front lawn. Neighbours and I are still trying to figure out what type they are, but they do make a good Apple Crisp. Thanks for the additional ideas for the apples.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Wow, these are a lot of great apple ideas and information, thanks!! Great lens!!

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      Eric Mayo 4 years ago

      Cooking with apples is great. I put apples in may things including oatmeal. Thank you great lens!

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      i enjoy cooking with apples & raisins...a little brown sugar to add!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I love old fashioned apple pie. I've also just discovered the variety Envy which is a large apple withna great taste.

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      jolou 4 years ago

      That's a good tip to use an apple when cooking a chicken. I love roast chicken and apples so it sounds like a great conbination and I'm sure it makes it even more moist. I will do that next time I cook one.

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      The One Stop Shop 4 years ago

      Great lens! I love apples, I can still remember picking fresh apples from the apple orchard when I was a kid. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Fantastic Ideas you got! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      I love apples - thanks for sharing these great ideas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sorry you didn't include, MacIntosh in your variety vote; had to pick my 2nd favourite.

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      RaintreeAnnie 4 years ago from UK

      Well apples are one of my fave fruits and you have some really great ideas here! Thank you :)

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      I love Jazz apples.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 4 years ago

      I love apples. Thanks for sharing.

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      yogendrachavda 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge via this big but quality lens.. Liked :)

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      It's good to know that aside from freshly eaten apple and apple juice, there is still other way to enjoy eating apples. Thanks for that wonderful tips.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved this lens. The apple is a humble GIANT among fruits. I will share this on my Facebook page for foodies.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I squid-liked this lens on a previous occasion. I returned to BLESS it today!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I would love to have a fruit crusher to make my own apple juice! Mmmmm... with cinnamon, warm. I love apple cider.

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Nicely narrated in the lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks for sharing

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      NaturalLifeCoach 4 years ago

      I always have apples in the house - they are the most frequently used fruit for my fresh-made juices! Love the creative ideas you have for apples! This is a really good lens and LOD-worthy, for sure!

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I core and wedge them, put them in a small deep dish, add a teaspoon of butter and cinnamon, a touch of stevia if they need sweetening, cover them with a saucer plate and put them in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes. It gives me a great tasting dessert without artificial sugars. YUMMMM!

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      There's definitely something here fro every apple lover! Wonderful lens!

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      Ian Hutson 4 years ago

      Slicing into a juicy and fresh Pink Lady apple or digging into an apple crumble with lashings of custard is my favourite way to help the apple trees lose weight.

      Many thanks for the ideas!

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      Great ideas for using apples! I'm tempted to try the apple chutney recipe.

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      ShineRita 4 years ago

      The apples seem delicious ~~~

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      Peipei21 4 years ago

      This looks very tasty!

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      I do love a good, juicy apple, especially a Granny Smith. I really like the idea of using them for candles, too! What a great, autumn-ey way to decorate the table while using up some of the Costco bag of apples, which I can never resist even though it's ludicrous to think I'll finish them all :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fuji, Gala... these are the sweetest varieties. Delicious!

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      psychegr 4 years ago

      Nice Lens!!!

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      Apples are one of my favorite fruits! They are very healthy. Thank you for ideas on what can be done with them. *blessed*

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      delicious lens~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I knew about toffee apples... but chocolate apples? That sounds amazing! Thanks for all these great ideas.

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      bwet 4 years ago

      Making candles with apples. Wow. that sounds interesting. The toothpick holder, hhmm I hope no real apples are used for that.

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      IncomeFromHomeT 4 years ago

      I didn't see my fave apple varieties on the list-- golden transparents and McIntosh!

      And then there's PA Dutch Apple Butter, old fashioned couble crust Apple Pie, Apple Raisin Muffins, Apple Yogurt Smoothies, Apple Walnut Turkey Stuffing, Waldorf Salad, Apple Leather, etc etc etc.

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      Scraps2treasures 4 years ago

      I love that apple candle idea! I might have to try that.

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      purpleslug 4 years ago

      So many great ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Lots of great apple ideas here.

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 4 years ago

      Great ideas. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      ae dc 4 years ago

      great ideas! very well done lens too- informative. i had fun! *bookmarked and blessed*

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      ikepius 4 years ago

      Another great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      radhanathswamifan 4 years ago

      So many apple recipes all in 1 place! loved it

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      indigomoth 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I've always wanted to be able to peel apples in one long strip like some people seem to be able to do.

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      Eat :) Great lens. One of the best.

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      Spanishpropertyforsale 4 years ago

      cool site guys, I have liked your page and posted it on my facebook page

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Apples are so delicious!

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      Dominique LM 4 years ago

      Great lens! I've been trying to eat an apple a day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love apple............................ and my favorites fruit in apple

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      EllisRosie 4 years ago

      Thank you for this informative lens.

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      thememorybooksh1 4 years ago

      Apple Lens. :)

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Lovely apple lens!

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      AnindaPramanik 4 years ago

      I love it

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      Sue Dixon 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Lovely lens, full of great ideas, lots of fun! Blessed!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Lovely, well-thought-out and put-together lens. Great information and appealing graphics. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      Thanks for the storage tip.

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      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes. More ideas on how to enjoy apple.

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      Blessed on the Fall Squid Angel Quest Bus.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I love apples, but prefer to eat them raw and as they are naturally. No need to mess with such an awesome tasting fruit!

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      fullofshoes 4 years ago

      Best time of year is when the apples are ready for harvesting. Love these ideas and your presentation. ~blessed~

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      bbsoulful2 4 years ago

      This is a fun lens! Thanks for sharing. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      jenjenjenga 5 years ago

      awesome

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I sure enjoyed reading your ideas about what to do with Apples. I always look forward to fall when the apples come in season.

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      AmandaTWaH 5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by my Apple Smoothie Recipe lens! You seem to be quite the apple enthusiast yourself.

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      dave-sutton 5 years ago

      When I was youngster I used to go apple picking. I was allowed all the bruised apples so I took them home and made cyder from an old recipe book my mum had. It turned out colour-less but extremely potent. I got as p+ssed as a f+rt on it.

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      Great. I got some good idea. Thank, nice lens

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great ideas!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Mmmmm great ideas! Thank you!

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      Always left with a ton of apples at the end of the season - this will help :-)

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      Always left with a ton of apples at the end of the season - this will help :-)

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      magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

      I haven't heard the expression "get on your pinny" in years! Brings back great memories.

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      sibian 5 years ago

      Great lens, perfect for any season

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      mmmmm, yummy apples. Good content.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      This was a pleasant experience! Thanks for writing about what to do with apples.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      Apples are good for so many things. I love them and love this lens!

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      My absolute favourite apple is an old variety called Ashmead Kernel. They are very hard to find though because they aren't easy to grow.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Living in the state of Washington (USA) we have lots of varieties of apples and I love them all...nice lens thanks for sharing!

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel. There are sooo many ways to enjoy apples. My favorite way is to eat green apples (before they get ripe vs Granny Smith apples, for example) with salt. They're great!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      I just love the taste and smell of apples - my favourite fruit!

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      McBub-Squidoo 5 years ago

      Wow, I just know an apple is so useful.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have apple in our smoothie every morning but I love apple crumble the most.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I so much like your idea of using the apples as place card holders for a holiday table. Festive, fun, and totally edible!

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      leon-grizon 5 years ago

      thenks ;)

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I like apples sprinkled with cinnamon. Blessings**

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      My fave apples are Empires, but you didn't have them to vote for.

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      wcjohnston 5 years ago

      just eat them, chipped, dried, sliced or surrounded with pastry

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      My typical morning breakfast is a fresh apple with raw, sprouted almonds (or almond butter). I cannot believe how long it sustains me! I also use an apple when I make a kale smoothie. We have a few apple trees in our yard, and last year, we had so many that hundreds wound up rotting on the ground because we just couldn't find enough people to give them to! :) We love them!

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      One-A-Day LM 5 years ago

      I eat an apple Everyday for lunch. I also read that if you eat an apple and drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your lunch or dinner, you will eat a lot less and may lose weight. The pectin is supposed to be a great appetitie suppressant.

      Thanks for a fully enjoyable lens!

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      HomeServices 5 years ago

      great lens

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      jaymill 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I do have a stash of Granny Smith in the refrig and now I know what to do with them. Thanks for sharing.

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      hetzer39 5 years ago

      great lens!! :)