Are You An Apple Lover?

 11/04/2014 | 06:43 PM 

ApplesApples are a delicious fruit and full of nutrients.  And, there are many ways to use them.  They contain phytonutrients and help regulate your blood sugar.  Check with your doctor always for your health concerns.

You may not have a yard.  Maybe your neighbor does?  Or, your friend?  All it takes is asking.   I just got to know one neighbor and her 2 large apple trees. The tree branches were loaded with so many apples.  The branches became top heavy and were bent over.  The birds and myself got to enjoy them.  Each time I picked from these trees, I brought this neighbor over homemade applesauce without sugar.  She wouldn’t always answer the door, but I left it on her step.  I am now finished picking as I have a great harvest still here waiting to be used.   My kitchen smells heavenly from the apple fruit leather making in the dehydrator.  It will take a few days before it is done and then I will share some with this neighbor. I also carry some around in my purse to share with people who blessed my day including strangers.  The leather is organic without any use of sugar.

Martin Luther once said:
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

I grew up on Macintosh, Red and Green Delicious Apples. Today there are so many varieties.  Have you tasted Fuji?  I prefer organic produce, but can’t always find what I want.  Buy what you can afford.

Here are some ways to use fresh apples:

  • Peel, cut in slices or cubes and dip in fresh lemon juice to prevent browning for future use and freeze them. Also, blend apples, with lemon and freezing in ice cube trays.
  • Add fresh or frozen apple ice cubes to your smoothie.
  • Enhance fresh homemade juices with apple.
  • Bake cookies, pies, breads.
    Tip: Make enough to freeze for unexpected company or holiday gift.
  • Get grandkids or neighborhood kids involved helping them bake some carmel apples.
  • Add to your fresh salads in cubes.  Have apples dipped in lemon juice to prevent them from turning color while you are eating your dish.
  • Want to “stop” potatoes from sprouting?  Store apples with them.

Organic or non organic:
If the price is right and affordable, organic is my vote.  I rather buy less, but organic.  To me it taste better, but still some use a rinse or peel on non organic ones. You choose what best works for you, but still buy apples.

Where to Shop:
I live near many stores.  Watch the newspaper ads, mailers or store fliers for sales.  Look on the internet searching for the store of choice.  I love Sprouts, but do shop at Natural Grocers and Whole Foods. King Soopers has a nice selection of apples, but sometimes very expensive.  Know your prices before buying. There is a price to pay for convenience so if I am close to Whole Foods and need an item I will shop there.  Does it pay to run around from store to store to save a few cents? You decide and think of your time and gas too.

Storing:
I store mine in a cool, dry place.  My refrigerator works well. Remove apples that start turning bad.

Ready to hit the kitchen and make homemade applesauce?

Carol’s Homemade Applesauce
In blender, add a little water, cut up apples, skin on if organic, peeled slice of lemon and start the process going.   Blend till smooth.  You can try a food processor, but I find the blender is smoother.

Can add cinnamon.

Use:  Add to your cereal, heat up and enjoy hot applesauce or eat as a room temperature dessert.  How about topping it on your favorite pancakes?

If on a tight budget and need a blender, try thrift stores, garage or yard sales.

I hope you are challenged to find more ways to add fresh apples and varieties into your diet and give this simple recipe a try.   Feel free to share your “apple” wisdom here or with others.

Disclosure: Carol Giambri, is a published author/copywriter, passionate about eating healthy, gardening and staying in shape.  She and her husband are dog lovers.  Most of her food budget is spent in the Produce Department. Carol believes you can live on a budget and live healthy and happy as best as you can each day of your life.  Do your best!   Include your pet into this lifestyle.

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