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What To Do With Apples- 10 Great Ideas

Christine, wife, mother, homemaker for over 40 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education, a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition and TEFL.


Here's what to do with apples when there's a bumper harvest:

I love apples, because they are so versatile and relatively low in calories, considering how many nutrients they contain. The question is often, what to make with apples. Cooking with apples is so versatile because you can bake with apples, make juice, apple chips, apple chutney, they provide lovely table decoration ideas or even a gorgeous apple gift. Left as they are, they are crunchy, juicy, make a great snack and provide a natural teeth whitening.

This page celebrates the humble apple, which got it's first mention right back in the garden of Eden at the beginning of creation, although it was a fruit, which we have interpreted as being an apple. In those days they would have tasted quite different to our poor varieties today that struggle with pollution and long storage. However, it's still with us today and people are biting into them all over the world and for that we are truly thankful. Even the tomato was lovingly named The Love Apple by the french in the 16th century as it was a fruit after all!


Table Decoration Ideas

Baking With Apples

Preserving Apples

Drinking Them

Tasty Snacks

Apples For Facial Skin Care

Apple Games & Crafts

Apple Gifts

An Apple A Day

How To Store Apples



Vote For Your Favourite Apple Varieties

Do you know the Love Apple?

You could eat a different apple every day for more than 19 years, and never eat the same kind twice, so I obviously couldn't include them all here!

In the 16th Century the French named the tomato "La Pomme D'Amour" (the love apple), so the tomato is a fruit!

Make Place Settings With Your Apples

Simply make a slit in the tops of your apples and slip in a card with the person's name, so that they know where they are placed at the dining table.

Simply make a slit in the tops of your apples and slip in a card with the person's name, so that they know where they are placed at the dining table.

Make Candles With Your Apples - Great Table Decoration Ideas

When you want to know what to do with apples, try making candle holders that are really attractive, natural and easy to make. You simply carve out a tealight-shaped portion from the top of the apple, where the tealight will snugly sit. Let them gently glow on your table. See the video tutorial below.

Apples are also great for making wreaths in which to place your candles.

So simple, yet so effective!

Watch How To Make Candle Holders With Apples - It's easy!

All Our Favorite Apple Desserts

Apple Cake

Mary Berry's Apple Dessert Cake

Mary Berry's Apple Dessert Cake

Roasting With Apples For Best Meat

Just stuff a whole apple inside the bird before placing it in your roasting pan. When cooked, discard the apple and enjoy a beautifully moist chicken.

Make an applesauce to go with your roast pork. Simply stew some peeled, cored and chopped apples with 1/2 lemon for every pound of apples and a tablespoon of sugar. Add butter and salt to serve.

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Enjoy this Apple Chutney Recipe- with cold meats, sausages or pork.


Serving Size

Serves: Makes approx. 7lb (3.5 kilos)

Ingredients For Apple Chutney

  • 2 kg apples
  • 3 medium onions
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 pints brown or white malt vineagar
  • 1 tablespoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2/ teaspoon salt
  • 200 g sultanas
  • 300 g sugar


  1. Peel and chop onions and apples. Peel and crush garlic cloves.
  2. Put into a preserving pan with the vineagar, curry powder, cayenne pepper and salt.
  3. Simmer steadily, stirring now and again until the fruit is soft, then stir in sultanas and sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved, then boil steadily until consistency of jam.
  4. Put into hot jars and seal.

Make a cool, refreshing drink with apples

Freshly squeezed apple juice contains a greater proportion of valuable nutrients than shop bought juice, which has been processed and stored. Get your maximum portions of vitamins A & C and vital minerals: potassium, calcium and magnesium for extra vitality and energy in your day.

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Freshly squeezed apple juice-

contains rich amounts of pectin, which acts as antioxidants against damage caused by cholesterol in the blood.Try adding hot water and a pinch of cinnamon to your fresh apple juice to make a warming, refreshing drink.

Make Your Own Apple Chips With Dried Apples

Simply peel, core and slice apples into even shapes, lay out between pieces of kitchen towel to absorb surplus moisture and place onto a tray that goes into your microwave. Microwave on de-frost or 30 percent power and cook for 10 minutes. Transfer to a plastic container and leave open overnight. The next day seal container and store. A deliciously healthy snack.

Apples can also be served simply skinned and sliced, sprinkled with a little lemon juice and served on a platter with nuts, raisins or cheese.

All About Apples- Did You Know?

In 1307 William Tell had to redeem his life by shooting an apple with his crossbow, from the head of his son. Luckily he was an expert shot and succeeded at freeing himself and his son from death!

Ideas for parties and harvest festivals!

  • Play Bobbing For Apples- a popular game that's sure to get everyone laughing- and wet! Simply fill a bowl with water and add some apples.The guests have to retrieve them using only their mouths, with their hands behind their backs. Bobbing for apples started as a Celtic New Year's tradition to determine whom you would marry. Apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air.
  • Play balancing an apple on your head and walking it from one end of the room to the other. Make a relay race with two teams. Whoever drops the apple or touches it with their hands has to start again!
  • Make apple stamps by simply cutting them, as straight as possible down the middle, leaving to dry and then painting them in your favorite colors before stamping them out onto plain paper. How about drawing a large tree on a length of wallpaper and stamping the apples onto the tree.

Chocolate Apples

Wrap them up in chocolate or toffee and give them away- if you can!

Melt some chocolate and dip in 3/4 of the apple half, one at a time, then dip into chopped nuts or sprinkles. When set, wrap in cellophane, tie with a ribbon and attach a name tag.

An apple provides a natural teeth whitening

It can act as a toothbrush when eaten whole, because the process of biting and chewing an apple clears away bacteria between your teeth and scrubs away surface stains. Apples contain malic acid, a chemical used in teeth whitening products which helps to remove stains. A good reason to eat them regularly!

Apples are very good for you- so get eating!

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

How To Store Apples

When sorting your apples, choose the unblemished ones to store for later use.

Wrap each individually in uncoloured newspaper and place in a cool, dark place. This ensures that if any become blemished during storage, they do not contaminate the others.

Do not store with potatoes, as they let off an otherwise harmless gas that apples react to, although adding an apple to your potatoes will help to keep your potatoes fresher for longer.

Apples shouldn't be frozen, although if your apples are mainly blemished, you can cook them up into pies etc. and freeze them in this way.

Handle carefully to avoid bruising.

Storing apples in this way should give you a ready supply well into the following year.

Apple Pasta Salad

Apple Pasta Salad- see link to recipe below.

Apple Pasta Salad- see link to recipe below.

  • Food Day Kansas City -- Apple Share Events at Hand - Food Day
    On October 24th apples will be given out in Kansas as an act of reminding people that eating natural food can be a simple, yet important way to live. The apple is being used as a natural, popular food that is readily available and easy to eat.
  • Appetizing Apple Pasta Salad
    Are you looking for a healthy, interesting accompaniment for your barbeque or picnic? This easy apple salad recipe will satisfy everyone and nicely compliment your meal.

© 2011 Christine Hulme

What To Do With Apples Guestbook - Thank you for your comments!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on September 04, 2015:

Thanks for the great ideas on using apples. I love apple strudel.

Vicki_P on June 17, 2014:

Thanks - I will definitely look up a couple of links since I've lost my favorite apple crisp recipe. One thing we all love is homemade chunky applesauce using granny smith apples - just cook till soft, add a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon, and sugar to taste, and mash with potato masher. Refrigerate and enjoy. Nummy.

RapidWhiteSmiles on October 20, 2013:

Absolutely wonderful lens, could spend hours on here, so much information, thanks for sharing. I'm gonna be trying the chocolate covered apple :-)

acreativethinker on September 25, 2013:

Wow, these ideas are amazing. Thanks for sharing them. Take Care :)

Christine Hulme (author) from SE Kent, England on July 28, 2013:

@PaigSr: I like the sound of apple with peanut butter. Think I might try it!

PaigSr from State of Confusion on July 27, 2013:

There are two main things I use apples for. Apple sauce and peanut butter and apple sandwiches. Of course my youngest tends to just get his hands on an apple and go to town.

Doc_Holliday on June 11, 2013:

Very versatile. Very healthy. You can't go wrong with an apple.

tomoxby on April 30, 2013:

When I purchased my current home there was an apple tree on the front lawn. Neighbours and I are still trying to figure out what type they are, but they do make a good Apple Crisp. Thanks for the additional ideas for the apples.

JeffGilbert on March 13, 2013:

Wow, these are a lot of great apple ideas and information, thanks!! Great lens!!

Eric Mayo on February 25, 2013:

Cooking with apples is great. I put apples in may things including oatmeal. Thank you great lens!

chickie99 on February 19, 2013:

i enjoy cooking with apples & raisins...a little brown sugar to add!

PinkstonePictures from Miami Beach, FL on February 17, 2013:

I love old fashioned apple pie. I've also just discovered the variety Envy which is a large apple withna great taste.

jolou on February 16, 2013:

That's a good tip to use an apple when cooking a chicken. I love roast chicken and apples so it sounds like a great conbination and I'm sure it makes it even more moist. I will do that next time I cook one.

The One Stop Shop on February 03, 2013:

Great lens! I love apples, I can still remember picking fresh apples from the apple orchard when I was a kid. Thanks so much for sharing.

Takkhis on January 31, 2013:

Fantastic Ideas you got! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

LiliLove on January 15, 2013:

I love apples - thanks for sharing these great ideas!

anonymous on December 23, 2012:

Sorry you didn't include, MacIntosh in your variety vote; had to pick my 2nd favourite.

RaintreeAnnie from UK on November 22, 2012:

Well apples are one of my fave fruits and you have some really great ideas here! Thank you :)

audrey07 on November 12, 2012:

I love Jazz apples.

ElizabethJeanAl on November 04, 2012:

I love apples. Thanks for sharing.

yogendrachavda on October 22, 2012:

Thank you for sharing your knowledge via this big but quality lens.. Liked :)

mrsclaus411 on October 16, 2012:

It's good to know that aside from freshly eaten apple and apple juice, there is still other way to enjoy eating apples. Thanks for that wonderful tips.

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

Loved this lens. The apple is a humble GIANT among fruits. I will share this on my Facebook page for foodies.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on October 13, 2012:

I squid-liked this lens on a previous occasion. I returned to BLESS it today!

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 10, 2012:

I would love to have a fruit crusher to make my own apple juice! Mmmmm... with cinnamon, warm. I love apple cider.

spids1 on October 06, 2012:

Great lens very well written.

srsddn lm on October 05, 2012:

Nicely narrated in the lens.

anonymous on October 03, 2012:

thanks for sharing

NaturalLifeCoach on October 01, 2012:

I always have apples in the house - they are the most frequently used fruit for my fresh-made juices! Love the creative ideas you have for apples! This is a really good lens and LOD-worthy, for sure!

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on September 29, 2012:

I core and wedge them, put them in a small deep dish, add a teaspoon of butter and cinnamon, a touch of stevia if they need sweetening, cover them with a saucer plate and put them in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes. It gives me a great tasting dessert without artificial sugars. YUMMMM!

bossypants on September 29, 2012:

There's definitely something here fro every apple lover! Wonderful lens!

Ian Hutson on September 29, 2012:

Slicing into a juicy and fresh Pink Lady apple or digging into an apple crumble with lashings of custard is my favourite way to help the apple trees lose weight.

Many thanks for the ideas!

Karen from U.S. on September 29, 2012:

Great ideas for using apples! I'm tempted to try the apple chutney recipe.

ShineRita on September 27, 2012:

The apples seem delicious ~~~

Peipei21 on September 27, 2012:

This looks very tasty!

hntrssthmpsn on September 27, 2012:

I do love a good, juicy apple, especially a Granny Smith. I really like the idea of using them for candles, too! What a great, autumn-ey way to decorate the table while using up some of the Costco bag of apples, which I can never resist even though it's ludicrous to think I'll finish them all :)

anonymous on September 27, 2012:

Fuji, Gala... these are the sweetest varieties. Delicious!

psychegr on September 27, 2012:

Nice Lens!!!

VeseliDan on September 27, 2012:

Apples are one of my favorite fruits! They are very healthy. Thank you for ideas on what can be done with them. *blessed*

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

delicious lens~

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

I knew about toffee apples... but chocolate apples? That sounds amazing! Thanks for all these great ideas.

bwet on September 26, 2012:

Making candles with apples. Wow. that sounds interesting. The toothpick holder, hhmm I hope no real apples are used for that.

IncomeFromHomeT on September 26, 2012:

I didn't see my fave apple varieties on the list-- golden transparents and McIntosh!

And then there's PA Dutch Apple Butter, old fashioned couble crust Apple Pie, Apple Raisin Muffins, Apple Yogurt Smoothies, Apple Walnut Turkey Stuffing, Waldorf Salad, Apple Leather, etc etc etc.

Scraps2treasures on September 26, 2012:

I love that apple candle idea! I might have to try that.

purpleslug on September 26, 2012:

So many great ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us.

WriterJanis2 on September 25, 2012:

Lots of great apple ideas here.

EbooksFreeWeekl1 on September 25, 2012:

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing! :)

ae dc on September 25, 2012:

great ideas! very well done lens too- informative. i had fun! *bookmarked and blessed*

ikepius on September 25, 2012:

Another great lens. Thanks for sharing.

radhanathswamifan on September 25, 2012:

So many apple recipes all in 1 place! loved it

indigomoth from New Zealand on September 24, 2012:

I've always wanted to be able to peel apples in one long strip like some people seem to be able to do.

Fcuk Hub on September 24, 2012:

Eat :) Great lens. One of the best.

Spanishpropertyforsale on September 24, 2012:

cool site guys, I have liked your page and posted it on my facebook page

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on September 24, 2012:

Apples are so delicious!

Dominique LM on September 24, 2012:

Great lens! I've been trying to eat an apple a day.

anonymous on September 24, 2012:

i love apple............................ and my favorites fruit in apple

EllisRosie on September 24, 2012:

Thank you for this informative lens.

thememorybooksh1 on September 24, 2012:

Apple Lens. :)

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on September 23, 2012:

Lovely apple lens!

AnindaPramanik on September 23, 2012:

I love it

Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on September 16, 2012:

Lovely lens, full of great ideas, lots of fun! Blessed!

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage from southwestern Virginia on September 10, 2012:

Lovely, well-thought-out and put-together lens. Great information and appealing graphics. Thanks so much for sharing.

Rosaquid on September 03, 2012:

Thanks for the storage tip.

pinkrenegade lm on August 31, 2012:

Thanks for the recipes. More ideas on how to enjoy apple.

blessedmomto7 on August 29, 2012:

Blessed on the Fall Squid Angel Quest Bus.

Bill from Gold Coast, Australia on August 27, 2012:

I love apples, but prefer to eat them raw and as they are naturally. No need to mess with such an awesome tasting fruit!

fullofshoes on August 27, 2012:

Best time of year is when the apples are ready for harvesting. Love these ideas and your presentation. ~blessed~

bbsoulful2 on August 25, 2012:

This is a fun lens! Thanks for sharing. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

jenjenjenga on August 21, 2012:


Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 18, 2012:

I sure enjoyed reading your ideas about what to do with Apples. I always look forward to fall when the apples come in season.

AmandaTWaH on June 16, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by my Apple Smoothie Recipe lens! You seem to be quite the apple enthusiast yourself.

dave-sutton on June 16, 2012:

When I was youngster I used to go apple picking. I was allowed all the bruised apples so I took them home and made cyder from an old recipe book my mum had. It turned out colour-less but extremely potent. I got as p+ssed as a f+rt on it.

sandi_x on June 15, 2012:

Great. I got some good idea. Thank, nice lens

Shannon from Florida on June 12, 2012:

Great ideas!

Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on June 11, 2012:

Mmmmm great ideas! Thank you!

SailingPassion LM on June 11, 2012:

Always left with a ton of apples at the end of the season - this will help :-)

SailingPassion LM on June 11, 2012:

Always left with a ton of apples at the end of the season - this will help :-)

magictricksdotcom on June 10, 2012:

I haven't heard the expression "get on your pinny" in years! Brings back great memories.

sibian on June 10, 2012:

Great lens, perfect for any season

MarcellaCarlton on June 09, 2012:

mmmmm, yummy apples. Good content.

casquid on June 09, 2012:

This was a pleasant experience! Thanks for writing about what to do with apples.

Natural_Skin_Care on June 09, 2012:

Apples are good for so many things. I love them and love this lens!

SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on June 09, 2012:

My absolute favourite apple is an old variety called Ashmead Kernel. They are very hard to find though because they aren't easy to grow.

IMKZRNU2 from Pacific Northwest on June 09, 2012:

Living in the state of Washington (USA) we have lots of varieties of apples and I love them all...nice lens thanks for sharing!

ram77887788 on June 08, 2012:

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Lenskeeper on June 08, 2012:

Blessed by a Squid Angel. There are sooo many ways to enjoy apples. My favorite way is to eat green apples (before they get ripe vs Granny Smith apples, for example) with salt. They're great!

Lindrus on June 08, 2012:

I just love the taste and smell of apples - my favourite fruit!

McBub-Squidoo on June 08, 2012:

Wow, I just know an apple is so useful.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 07, 2012:

We have apple in our smoothie every morning but I love apple crumble the most.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on June 07, 2012:

I so much like your idea of using the apples as place card holders for a holiday table. Festive, fun, and totally edible!

leon-grizon on June 07, 2012:

thenks ;)

Dan from CNY on June 07, 2012:

My fave apples are Empires, but you didn't have them to vote for.

wcjohnston on June 07, 2012:

just eat them, chipped, dried, sliced or surrounded with pastry

writerkath on June 07, 2012:

My typical morning breakfast is a fresh apple with raw, sprouted almonds (or almond butter). I cannot believe how long it sustains me! I also use an apple when I make a kale smoothie. We have a few apple trees in our yard, and last year, we had so many that hundreds wound up rotting on the ground because we just couldn't find enough people to give them to! :) We love them!

One-A-Day LM on June 07, 2012:

I eat an apple Everyday for lunch. I also read that if you eat an apple and drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your lunch or dinner, you will eat a lot less and may lose weight. The pectin is supposed to be a great appetitie suppressant.

Thanks for a fully enjoyable lens!

HomeServices on June 07, 2012:

great lens

jaymill on June 07, 2012:

Great lens! Thanks!

jlshernandez on June 06, 2012:

I do have a stash of Granny Smith in the refrig and now I know what to do with them. Thanks for sharing.

hetzer39 on June 06, 2012:

great lens!! :)

mel-kav on June 06, 2012:

Great ideas. I love the candle idea.

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