One of my goals for this year is to throw away less food. I’m not the world’s worst at throwing away food, and since we have a compost pile, I don’t usually feel terrible about having to toss produce. Except for the not-so-little fact that it’s basically like throwing away money.
I purchase a lot of organic produce in bulk, and it seems like I always have fruit that starts to go bad. I recently ordered 20 pounds of apples, and after seven weeks, the remaining apples were starting to look less than perfect. That’s how I came up with 5 Uses for Going Bad Apples.
They really don’t look that bad for being 7 weeks old.
#1: Homemade Apple Pie
I used Pamela’s gluten-free bread dough (the pastry bread dough, not the sand which bread dough) along with the recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook. It was amazing. And once those apples cook down a bit, no one cares that they weren’t perfect.
#2. Dried Apple Rings.
Core + peel the apples, if desired. Since we don’t have a dehydrator, I did it the old fashioned way. Place the apples on a cooling rack or cookie sheet and set that on top of a baking pan. Bake in the oven on warm for about 8 hours. I didn’t even bother to turn them – they dried out just fine the way they were.
#3 Homemade Apple Sauce
To make: core + peel the apples and throw them in a blender along with some cinnamon (and nutmeg if you like it). Blend until it reaches desired consistency.
#4 Oatmeal + Apples
Again, once the apples cook down, it really doesn’t matter that they started out less than perfect. I almost always add apples to my oats, usually one apple for two servings. I put the apples in the water while it boils, and by the time the oats are finished cooking the apples are nice and tender.
#5 Add Apples to Your Morning Smoothie
Apples are an excellent source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. They also serve as a natural sweetener when added to a smoothie.
How do you use apples that are past their prime? Or any other fruit for that matter! I have yet to figure out what to do with past-their-prime oranges. Besides fresh squeezed orange juice, that is.
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