Ideas For Your Apple Harvest


Apples are a versatile fruit and there are many different things that you can do with the apples you have grown in your garden. If you are lucky, you will have a large number of apples from your apple tree or trees. But what should you do with all those fruits? To inspire you to make the most of the bounty, here are some ideas for your apple harvest:

Apple SauceApple Sauce

One of the easiest ways to use apples is to stew them to make a simple apple sauce – with or without sweetener. This apple sauce can be used as a condiment with pork or other meat, or with vegetarian loaves or nut roasts. You can also use this apple sauce in a range of sweet and savoury recipes. Apple sauce can be frozen in airtight containers for later use, so you could make a big batch to see you through the months to come.

Apple ButterApple Jams or Butters

Another way to preserve apples – great if you do not have a lot of space in your freezer – is to turn your hand to making some apple jams, or apple butter. There are plenty of different recipes to choose from, and when placed into sterilised jars and kept in a cool place, will keep for a long time. Add spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to add interest to your apple preserves.

Dried appleApple Snacks & Drinks

Making apple juice is one good way to use up a quantity of apples. You could also consider learning how to turn that apple juice into cider and/or making your own apple cider vinegar. Apples can also be dehydrated to make dried apple snacks, or turned into apple crisps which are another delicious snack.

Apple StewSavoury Apple Recipes

Apples are not only for sweet treats – you can also use apples in a range of savoury recipes. For example, apples and potatoes can be sliced and baked in a gratin type dish, perhaps with some greens like kale, or with root vegetables like beetroot. You can also make a delicious stew with potatoes, apples, carrots, onions and other vegetables seasoned with thyme and other herbs.

Apple Spice CakeSweet Apple Recipes

Of course, when most people think of an apple harvest, they will think of apple pies and apple crumble. These are two common ideas. To ring the changes, you could also think about apple cake, apple muffins, or oaty apple flapjacks.

These are just some of the things you could do with your apple harvest. So get cooking, get preserving, and make sure your apples do not go to waste.