Guest post by Jackie at Mom on a Mission
Several years ago, I would have thrown away these mushy looking, bruised, shriveled apples, thinking they were unedible. Today, I’m always thinking creatively in the kitchen. What can I do with this unappetizing food to make it more appealing? In this economy, this is beneficial to my pocketbook.
I have a handy dandy slicer/corer, peeler for apples. I can’t live without this kitchen tool. I use it everyday during apple season. I can’t tell you the number of hours it has saved me in the kitchen. They suction to your counter, they peel, core and slice at the same time. I love it.
You can usually find these for less than twenty dollars at Bed Bath and Beyond with a coupon. I found this one at an outlet store for ten dollars, no coupon. I snatched two and gave one away as a gift.
I started with this tool on my poor apples. Most made it through the process, but the mushier ones I had to hand peel to get the rest of the skin off. Then I diced these into cubes.
I brought the apples to a boil with a lid on my stove. I didn’t want to overcook them so I kept a close eye on them while they cooked. I reduced the heat once they boiled. I cooked them until they were fork tender (about five minutes). I didn’t want them to be mushy so I kept them somewhat firm.
I then shocked them with cold water and rinsed in the colander.
After they were fully cooled, I spooned (with a 1/2-cup measuring cup) into a pint-size labeled freezer bag and laid them flat in the freezer.
Ways to Use Frozen and Cubed Apples:
* Add cinnamon, sugar or honey, and mash for chunky applesauce.
* Toss frozen apples in a smoothie.
* Drain well and sandwich between crescent dough and bake for homemade apple pies.
* Pile a bunch in a pie crust or make a mini-apple pie.
* Toss some in hot oatmeal.
* Make apple cinnamon muffins.
* Make apple cake.
* Puree and use as a substitute for oil in your next recipe.
Jackie Brown, is a Mom on a Mission, freezer cooking meals for her family while opening her arms to the poor and needy. She daily blogs how to save money, time and energy through freezer cooking.