It’s mid-October and for many of us, that means that it’s time for a visit to your local orchard for a little apple picking. Or perhaps you bought a box of apples from your favorite farmer when they were selling half bushels for $25.
However you came to have them, chances are good that at some point this fall, you will find yourself with more apples than you can reasonably eat in a week or two.
Here are some delicious things you can do with them to extend their season, make some preserves for holiday giving, and warm up your home.
At its more basic, applesauce is nothing more than apples that have been cooked down with a little water or juice. Sometimes I make it by quartering the apples, throwing them into the pot with skins and seeds, cooking them down, and then pushing it all through a food mill.
Other times I peel and seed before cooking. Both techniques work, it just depends on your preference.
For a quicker cooking, silky preserve try my Low Sugar Apple Ginger Butter (it is transcendent with potato pancakes).
Finally, if you’re the type who likes a butter that is deep, flavorful and bursting with bite, Apple Cranberry Butter is for you. The cranberries make it tangy and bring some welcome color to a preserve that can sometimes be on the drab side.
Apple Jams, Jellies, and Compotes
If you haven’t started thinking about teacher gifts and holiday baskets, I encourage you to start now. My Apple Cranberry Jam is a perfect candidate because it makes a lot and is universally loved.
For something with zip and zing, try my Apple Ginger Jam (and if you’re more of a jelly fan, I’ve also got an Apple Ginger Jelly). If lemon is more your thing, Honey Lemon Apple Jam is always a winner.
For those of you who are starting to do small things to prep for Thanksgiving, your future self will love you for making this Apple Cranberry Compote.
Apple Chutneys, Krauts, Conserves and More
For those of you thinking about winter cheeseboards, there’s nothing better or more unique than my Apple Cinnamon Caramel.
And don’t forget about my latest book, The Food in Jars Kitchen. This book contains 140 recipes to help you use up what you’ve put up!