Eight months ago when we moved to our humble homestead, we knew we had apples. We knew we had several trees that were massive and would produce more than we could handle. What we didn’t expect was to find nearly 100 other apple trees on the property. And some of them are quite old having been planted when our 1909 home was being contructed.
How overwhelming and equally joyous! I spent months planning how I was going to make the most of the apple harvest so that in the coming year we would not want for a single apple related product. Here is my What to do with all them apples plan…
Sounds kinda lame really. Honestly how much applesauce could you possibly eat in a year let alone store!? BUT… the beloved but…
I have little kids who are not bashful about eating as much applesauce as I can feed them. And there are variety of variants to keep it interesting so that no one gets bored of plain ole’ applesauce!
–Unsweetened Applesauce…I managed to have fun with this by keeping track and labeling the jars with the variety of apple that went therein giving us the opportunity to notice subtle differences in sweetness, tartness and other flavor characteristics.
–Spiced Applesauce…We chose to do both the standard cinnamon as well as one with ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. The combinations are endless!
–Blackberry Applesauce… Who doesn’t love to slurp up hot pink applesauce? And it’s seriously delicious and one of our all time favorites!
– Strawberry Applesauce…Another delicious sauce that will keep the littlest asking for more.
–Elderberry Applesauce…Need I say more? Packed with immune boosting awesomeness, it’s the perfect pick- me- up come the wintertime blues and runny noses.
– Peach Applesauce…super delicious particularly on some fresh English muffins and equally delicious with other stone fruits (apricots, nectarines, etc.).
– Orchard Sauce…An end of season harvest blend of apples, pears and whatever other fruits you have! We particularly like apple & pear which go very well with a dash of cinnamon.
I typically can my sauce in pint jars because I like to keep from storing excess in my fridge (helps me keep my fridge organized and clean). One jar can be opened for breakfast or a mid afternoon snack and be consumed in one setting.
Our family can easily consume 3-4 jars a week so my goal was to put up 30 pint jars for each variety I listed above. That’s a whopping 200+ jars … thank goodness we’re blessed with a cold room for storage!
To make on-the-go snacking easier, I also canned roughly 60 small 4 ounce jelly masons for healthy, homemade sauce when we’re out.
We probably sound like we’re crazy for applesauce! But the reality is it’s better to have it than not and have to buy it and we share a fair amount with friends and family all year.
He are some of our other favorite ways to use up all them apples…
–Fruit Leather… any kind you can think up really. By using applesauce as your carrier for other fruits your leather with have a good texture and good storage capacity not to mention an extra dose of fiber.
–Apple Cider … We put up our juice in half gallon mason jars. While we try to drink too much of any sugary beverage it’s delicious come the holidays!
–Hard Cider…It’s one of those delicious treats that tastes so good after a long day, when you entertaining and amidst good company or enjoying the holidays. With the right equipment it’s not hard to make at all!
– Fermented Apple Soda… A favorite with the kids and very similar to sparkling apple cider. Because it is fermented it’s packed with probiotics!
– Apple Cider Vinegar… we use ACV A LOT. It’s the base to many of our salad dressings, skin care, gut health and livestock sprays and as a probiotic. I make 5 gallons of it every year!
– Apple Pie Filling…What canned pantry would be complete without a few jars of apple pie filling for use in turnovers, fritters and pies? It’s a great way to get ahead of the holidays!
–Storing Apples for Winter… not really a way to use apples per se however choosing the best quality apples and packaging them properly helps provide us apples for eating well into the winter months!
There are numerous other ways that you can use up a ton of apples and these reflect our absolute favorites. What are some of your favorite ways to preserve the end of summer apple bounty?