It may be the end of summer, but with the start of fall and cooler air temperatures, fresh Ontario apples are a plenty! We now have Honeycrisp and Gala apples available in the market and if you’re looking for some inspiration on what to do with them, here are “10 Ways to use your Freshly Picked Apples” from Do You Bake?:
#1 : Eat ‘em Whole!
An orchard fresh apple is one of the easiest, convenient and tastiest ways to ensure you are getting a hit of nutrients and goodness that your body needs to stay healthy. There isn’t anything quite like the crisp, tart, sweet bite of a freshly picked apple!
#2 : mmm for Apple Sauce
Slow baked apples with a touch of lemon and cinnamon, chunky or smooth! Warm your tummies with a fresh spoonful of homemade applesauce.
#3 : Pretty Up Your Home with Apple Displays
Nothing has the appearance of clean and fresh like an orchard fresh apple. Apple is one of the most popular scents for home cleaning aids and air fresheners, so they clearly have an aroma and appeal that we adore. Using apples to decorate is simple, easy and budget friendly. Place in a basket or in a large shallow clear dish. Use lemons and limes and other fall fruit as extra fresh accents.
#4 : Hands UP! for Candy, Caramel and Chocolate Apples
A total fall tradition! Come the fall and all the fun it incorporates, candy and caramel apples really have there place. Impress the neighbours by making sure the apples that you use are hand picked and orchard fresh. Thees are so simple to create and make for beautiful presentation!
#5 : Sweeten Up the Teacher!
Teachers love small, appreciative gestures, and nothing says Thank You better than an apple picked and given by one of the kiddos!
#6 : It’s Apple Juice Time
Often the most convenient way to ensure you provide your body with the goodness it needs is to use a juicer! This means that rather than spending five minutes during a busy morning to eat an apple whole, you can gain all the nutrients in 30 seconds!
#7 : Dried and super Crunchy Apple Chips are a simple sweet satisfying hit
A simple, nutritional and tasty snack you can make at home in a few easy steps. Simple slice your apples thinly (about ⅛ inch thick) and soak them in a mixture of 4 cups water and ½ lemon juice – to prevent browning. After about 30 minutes, remove your apple slices from soak and pat dry. Now spread them on a baking tray and add cinnamon if desired. After 20 minutes you have your homemade orchard apple chips, enjoy!
#8 : Make Apple Gifts
A homemade fruit basket hamper makes the ideal present for those who are difficult to buy for. You could also sneak in a few little treats, such as a jar of your homemade apple chips – see above.
#9 : Smoothie Time
A guaranteed way of getting most of your days recommended amount of nutrients in one early morning drink. Add strawberries, a banana, blueberries and ice to your chopped apple and simply blend! You may need to add a little water to create the right consistency.
#10 : Apple Pie – a Fall Tradition among Many Homes!
We’ve been eating apple pie for a staggering 600 years and it’s the worlds number one dessert. You can have it with ice cream, custard or whipped cream and a layer of brown sugar prior to baking will guarantee that lovely, crunchy topping.