If you find yourself with a less than stellar bunch of apples, or extra-soft fruit that have been sitting around for a few too many days, don't worry, it happens to the best of us. But don't toss them away. Not even the ones with the nasty bruises.
Apples that are past their prime may not be great for biting into as an afternoon snack, but they've still got some life left in them. Here are 10 smart uses for your not-so-great apples!
Older apples are still great for cooking! As the apples break down during cooking, the remaining liquid is released and the natural sugars concentrate, transforming them into something remarkably delicious.
1. Make applesauce
Even if your apples are old and starting to get a little mealy, that's ok! Cut away and bruised areas and get cooking. Once the apples cook down, they'll be totally delicious.
If you think applesauce is great, just wait until you try apple butter. It's absolutely amazing! Apple butter is made by slow cooking apples past the point of applesauce, until it becomes a thick, glossy, glorious spread.
Stirring chunks of apple into oatmeal as it cooks, is a nice way to add some extra flavor to your meal. And, the apple acts as a natural sweetener. If you're feeling motivated, we recommend roasting the apples beforehand!
I like to think of baked apples as inside-out apple crisp. They're a simple, weeknight-worthy dessert with just a few ingredients. The apple core is scooped out and filled with a mixture of oats, brown sugar, and warm spices, then baked to warm perfection.