A mealy apple is no one's favorite lunchtime surprise, we can all agree on that! So what do you do when you wind up with a bunch of them in your fridge? Before just throwing them away, try using them in one of these ways:
Cooking helps to break down dry, mealy apples and release their flavorful juice:
1. Applesauce - Homemade applesauce is a great snack to have around the house, and you can make a batch with even just a few apples. Here's our recipe for making it yourself: DIY Applesauce.
2. Baked Apples - Baking whole apples is like making apple sauce in a handy container! We like to stuff apples with whatever is handy: brown sugar, maple syrup, oatmeal, nuts, and dried fruit. Then we bake them with a little liquid until they're soft and piping hot.
3. Sweet-Savory Sauce for Pork - Pork and apples are a classic pairing. You can make a quick un-sweetened applesauce, or you can sauté diced apples with other savory ingredients like cabbage, nuts, and caramelized onions.
4. In Baking - We wouldn't use mealy apples for something like apple pie, but they can make a great addition to muffins, scones, and pancakes.
What other ideas do you have for using mealy apples?
Related: How to: Use Up Over-Ripe Fruit