The last of the apples from our backyard tree are sitting in the fridge slowly aging. We must have had nearly 100 apples either picked or dropped on the ground this year. Many were baked into pies, breads, juiced, eaten raw and thrown to the dog. Then I found myself sort of at a loss of what to do with the last dozen or so.
But have no fear. I’ve gathered five (no-bake!) ways to use them up and will hopefully have a cleared out fruit drawer by the end of the week:
Homemade stamps: Cut your apples in half, carve out letters, shapes, etc. Cover in paint, and use as stamps to decorate wrapping paper, cards or stationary.
Simmer pots: Add the skins of a few apples, cinnamon sticks and cloves to a small pot of water on the stove. Boil for a couple minutes, then bring the heat down to a simmer. Breathe deeply, ah, fall. Check out more “simmer pot” recipes online.
Apple salad: Chop those apples up and toss with blue cheese, walnuts and a vinaigrette to make this delicious-sounding recipe. Or hit two birds with one stone and use up the last of your Halloween candy with this sweet option.
Sangria: When the kids are away … the adults play, i.e., they drink sangria. Or, at least you can easily with a recipe like this which calls for apple cider, a bottle of wine, orange juice, chopped apples (hey hey!) and spices. Since it has to sit for six or so hours, it’s the perfect drink to make in the morning and enjoy during a Red Box movie or game night.
Apple bird feeder: Peel a few apples, cover them with peanut butter and roll in bird seed. Attach a string to the stems and hang outside. Boom, instant bird … er, pigeon and squirrel feeder.