Apple Recipes & Tips
Find yourself with too many apples on hand? These handy hints will help you make the most of these farmer's market favorites.
- For easy fried apple rings, cut apple slices 1/2 inch thick. Dip slices into sugar. Melt butter in a pan and fry the rings until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Serve apple slices as a snack with caramel dip or peanut butter dip. Use our Recipe Finder to locate easy recipes, or just combine peanut butter with a little honey and add raisins, nuts or mini chocolate chips.
- Don't forget apples when you make a smoothie. Place peeled and chopped apple in a blender along with apple juice, cinnamon, your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt and, if you wish, bananas or other fruit.
- Add thinly sliced apples to a sandwich or apple chunks to a salad. You can make a simple salad of chopped apple, walnuts and cheese cubes. Then drizzle with lemon juice.
Sliced apples freeze well if properly prepared. Peel and slice the apples, then drop into Fruit Fresh or lemon juice to keep them from discoloring. Place the slices in boiling water for 2 minutes, then cool in ice water for 2 minutes. Drain.
Pack slices into plastic freezer bags in the amounts needed for your favorite recipes. Seal, label and freeze. If you need diced or chopped apples, cut the slices after they're defrosted. Now you can keep sliced or diced apples through the winter for use in breads, muffins and pies.
- To keep peeled apple slices from turning brown, sprinkle on a bit of lemon juice, lime juice or lemon-lime soda. Keep them in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator for a quick snack.
- When making apple pie or other treats with fresh apples, use the small end of a melon baller to neatly and easily scoop out the core from halved apples, suggests Helen Nagy of Sun City Center, Florida.