Autumn is in full swing which means there are plenty of apples to go around. Between visiting the apple orchard for an afternoon of picking and selecting from a wide variety of apples at the grocery store, you may find yourself with more apples than you can eat. Have no fear! There are plenty of ways to use all those apples without having to tediously eat them one by one or bake them into dozens of pies. We’ve rounded up a few useful ways to get through your crisp and juicy bounty.
Shrunken Head Halloween Decoration
With Halloween just around the corner, apples can actually make seriously creepy decorations when turned into shrunken heads. It’s also pretty easy to do: wash, peel and core the apple and then soak it in a mixture of 1 cup lemon juice and 1 tablespoon salt for about 30 minutes. Then carve a face into your apple, making sure the features are exaggerated, use a marker to draw the face on the apple first to avoid mistakes. Dip your ‘head’ into the lemon juice mixture again and let it air dry naturally for about one week. Once the apples have dried out you can use different craft materials to decorate them.
Apple Infused Vodka
Give your vodka some Autumn-inspired flavor by infusing it with apple and cinnamon. All you need are 6 red apples, 4 cinnamon sticks and a 750ml bottle of vodka. Slice the apples and place them into an infuser jar (or other air-tight jar) along with the cinnamon sticks and vodka. Seal the jar for as little as a few days or as long as a couple weeks and then voila! Strain and serve.
Using apple slices to help out in the kitchen
Adding apple slices to pantry items or recipes can help improve them. Placing a few apple slices into your container of brown sugar will prevent the sugar from hardening. Placing apple slices into a soup or sauce that is too salty can absorb some of the extra salty flavor. Just make sure to remove the apples before serving!
Of course, there are plenty of other ways to use apples, including pies, cakes and tarts, in salads or soups or in other beverages such as juice, smoothies and ciders. Having extra produce on hand is the perfect excuse to put your creativity skills to use in the kitchen and L’Ecole Culinaire can help! We offer a variety of public cooking classes for the at-home chef which aim to provide the skills and ideas to easily create plenty of dishes right in your own kitchen. For more information or to register please visit here.