There are over 7,500 varieties of apples in the world. In the United States alone, there are more than 100 varieties grown commercially. Sometimes, nothing tastes better than biting into a plump, juicy apple – but there are also many ways to cook with apples!
8 Ways to Cook with Apples
The oldest known recipe for the magical puree of apples called applesauce was published in 1769 in Eliza Smith’s Compleat Housewife, 9th edition. At that time, almost everyone canned applesauce to get through long winters. These days, you can even make applesauce in the crockpot!
Making apple butter is incredibly easy. Simply cook ½ cup of sugar in a skillet over very low heat until it turns amber brown. Then, stir in ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and four cups of applesauce. Cook for about 30 minutes until reduced by half. Make sure to stir occasionally.
The first candy apples were made by dipping apples in a red cinnamon mixture. In the 1950s, Kraft Foods invented the first caramel apple when they were trying to decide what to do with a ton of caramel candy that did not sell for Halloween. Today, inventive cooks prepare candy apples with many different ingredients including taffy, jelly and chocolate.
Dehydrate thin apple slices or “rings” for a healthy, natural snack that is great alone or as part of snack mixes.
Apple cobbler is the very definition of fall comfort food: it’s great with coffee for breakfast or dessert! Try this easy 5-ingredient version or this super healthy version without grains!
Apple stuffing is a tradition in many parts of the United States. If you would like to try it for yourself, start by making your favorite homemade stuffing mix and adding one-half cup of apples. Yes, it’s great with turkey!
Apple salads can be made in so many different unique ways. Add diced apples to your favorite coleslaw mix or use them to replace the grapes in a Waldorf salad. The possibilities are simply endless when you begin to incorporate apples into your favorite salads.
If you love to cook over the campfire, then consider making some campfire apples. Start by carefully slicing off the top of the apple and then hollow out some of the inside. Fill the hollowed out part with miniature marshmallows, add a little chocolate and cinnamon. Place the lid back on the apple and wrap the whole thing in foil. Let it cook in the embers until the apple has just started to soften.
Apples are an incredibly versatile fruit that are readily available in the fall – what are your favorite ways to cook with them?