Apple season is upon us… What is the best way to eat them? Oh, let us count the many ways we have enjoyed apples over the years…
Pie. Yep, I’m just going to cut right to the chase… There’s nothing that says late summer quite like apple pie. Put carbs in with some spices and wrap them in some more carbs… how can you go wrong with that?
Baked. Ever had an old fashioned baked apple? Slice it in half, stick it in the oven for a few minutes, sprinkle it with some cinnamon and nutmeg, and you have a healthy dessert. Heck, spray on some whipped cream if that sounds just a little too healthy.
Juice. Press. Ferment. One of our favorite ways to eat apples is to drink them! Process them through a juicer or run them through a grinder and press and you have the best apple juice or cider that you’ve ever tasted! No preservatives, artificial colors or flavors added or needed. Need to make it last longer? Preserve it by freezing it or like we love, fermenting it. We have a variety of different yeasts that work well for fermenting ciders, and since we’re a homebrew store, we’ve got all of the carboys, giant jars, buckets, airlocks, and other supplies that you’ll need to keep the good yeasts in and the bad ones out.
Dehydrate. Dried apples can last for months or even years on the shelf. Eat them as is for a tasty, fruit-leathery snack, or rehydrate them (using water, apple juice, or even something stronger like spiced rum) to use in a variety of desserts and tasty treats.
Applesauce and Apple Butter. Have kids, or just need something easy yet pleasing to eat? Bake those apples and mash them up and you’ve got the best, healthiest applesauce around. Add some sugar and spices while you’re baking them down, then run the resulting mash through a ream or food mill and you have apple butter, a rich spread for toast, pancakes, sandwiches, or even pork chops!
Coat them with caramel. It’s simple. Make some caramel, or melt down some caramel squares. Core and slice your apples and then dip them right in. Have a downright caramel apple party. You need that from time to time! And need a corer/slicer for that kind of volume? We have you covered.
Or why not eat them just as they are? They’re just so much better this time of year, and Oregon grows great apples.
Need help and ideas for using up your apple crop? Come down and get some good ideas and supplies from us at the feed store. Or if you don’t have any apples, just come down and enjoy a slice of pie at the pub.