5 Uncommon Ways to Use Apples


Six unusual uses for apples.

My favorite season is autumn. 

Because I grew up in southern California, I discovered the magic of autumn after I was married and moved to the Midwest. Crisp fall days, colorful leaves, and apple picking were things I hadn't known before.

While I love apple pie as much as the next person, some years we have a huge harvest of apples from our little fruit orchard and I run out of ideas for using them all. After canning apple slices and making baked apples and apple jelly, I'm ready for more ways to enjoy them.

Here are five ideas that you might enjoy too.


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Six uncommon ways to use apples.

1. Here's a healthy recipe for Apple Jack Pancakes from the Rosevine Cottage Girls. The combination of organic and healthy ingredients make tasty pancakes with an apple slice in each one. Try these for a special weekend breakfast.


Healthy apple chips.

2. Use a mandolin to slice apples very thinly, then bake for Healthy Apple Crisps. This idea from The Hypertufa Gardener is sure to please kids and adults alike, and even if you eat the whole bunch, it's still good for you.


Six unusual ways to enjoy apples

3. Apple cider vinegar is good for so many things: use it in vinaigrette, as an arthritis remedy, and as a hair rinse. Did you know you can make your own at home? It's just as healthy and it's kind of fun to make, I feel "pioneer-y" when I make my own vinegar each year. Even better, it uses the peels and cores that are left over from making other dishes. Get my FREE ebook about making vinegar here.



4. Here's one I can't wait to try, apple salsa. I love tomatoes but peach salsa is so much better than the regular stuff. I hope this apple salsa will be just as delicious.




5. Another use for the peels and cores: make your own fragrant simmering potpourri. Package it up in pretty bags tied with ribbons and tags and give them as stocking stuffers or gift tie-ons to friends and family.


Six unusual uses for apples.

While I was searching, I came across a recipe for good ol' apple pie that I'm going to try as a change from my own recipe. This one, says the author, is for cooks with experience: Polly's Apple Pie from Home's Cool.

I've never tasted a vinegar pie crust so I'll be trying the crust recipe Katharine links to in the recipe too.

What is your favorite way to use apples?


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6 unusual ways to use apples - look beyond the usual applesauce and apple pie.


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40 comments

Anonymous said...

Love these ideas!!! Thank you, I will be sharing on my fb page too.
-incidentalfarmgirl-

Kim Smith @TheHypertufaGardener said...

Thanks for featuring me. And these are all lovely recipes. I don't know what I want to try first!

Kathi said...

Thank you for sharing!

Kathi said...

You're welcome, Kim. Let us know which one you decide to try first!

Deborah said...

They all look so delicious! I'm off to check out a few of them.

Katharine said...

It's an honor to be included here! And now I wish I had a few more apples to try out some of thee other recipes! :-)

Unknown said...

These are great! I'm about to embark on my first apple cider vinegar making :) And I'll have to make the apple salsa this year too!

Kathi said...

I think they all sound good, Deborah. Which one will you try?

Kathi said...

Thank you, Katharine. Yes, we need more apples now.

Kathi said...

Good luck with your vinegar-making, Delci.

Anonymous said...

My favorite non-standard is apple/swt onion/swt pepper relish. Sweet enough to be wonderful as a dessert salsa, tangy enough to great with most meats but pork & sausage are the best. My first batch ever of ACV is on the counter (one more week), I'm appalled now at all the cores & peels I've wasted over the years. Jan in NWGA

Kathi said...

That sounds intriguing, Jan. Apples can be used in so many ways I've never even heard of. I bet you'll never waste another apple peel again.

Unknown said...

What a great collection of ideas for apples! I always used my cores and peelings for making jelly, but I love these suggestions, too.

Sandra said...

Great ideas Kathi-The apple salsa sounds interesting!

Kathi said...

I hope you can find something to try here, Jamie.

Kathi said...

It sure does. I'm anxious to try the apple salsa too.

Jamie Marie said...

Awesome post, Very informational! Thanks so much for sharing with us on the Homesteader hop!

Kathi said...

Thank you, Jamie.

Michelle said...

There are some great ideas there! I'm pinning to my Pinterest "Apples" Board for future reference. Mine are still ripening.

Kathi said...

Thank you for pinning these ideas, Michelle.

Unknown said...

Great ideas and resources! We went apple picking last weekend and I have been busy making apple pie fillings for the freezer, apple butter, applesauce, and apple chips. Now I have ideas for using more of those apples - thanks!

Kathi said...

You're welcome, Michelle.

francisco37388 said...

I have used my leftover cores and peels to make Apple Scrap Jelly also. I use red apples, so the jelly has a nice rose blush color to it And the taste is excellent. It usually gels without adding extra pectin as well. I want to try making some apple salsa. Thanks for the ideas.

Kathi said...

Your apple scrap jelly sounds so pretty!

Katy SkipTheBag.com said...

Apple salsa sounds intriguing! Posts like this would be great for the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop! http://www.skipthebag.com/2016/09/waste-less-wednesday-blog-hop-92116.html

Kathi said...

I'll do that, thank you!

Lori said...

Kathi, thank you for sharing my Taffy Apple Salad recipe. I'm going to have to check out the apple salsa recipe. I make all of our salsa and I think since we love peach salsa, we may just love apple.

Kathi said...

You're welcome, Lori. Your Taffy Apple Salad sounds yummy.

Unknown said...

mmm Apples! I have never had apple salsa! Sounds lovely! Will have to try it! Thanks!

Kathi said...

Thank you for stopping by!

Unknown said...

Thank you! I hope I know what I'm doing. But it can't be too hard to let apples and water ferment. Lol :)

Kathi said...

I've made vinegar. My first attempt failed, and maybe my second one did too, but eventually it worked, so don't lose hope.

Katy SkipTheBag.com said...

Thanks for sharing at the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop! I can't wait to see what you share next week.

Kathi said...

Thank you, Katy!

Heather said...

Love these creative ideas! I can't wait to try Apple Salsa!

Kathi said...

Doesn't that sound intriguing, Heather?

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Great ideas! I love the simmering potpourri - that would smell so good!

Kathi said...

It does smell pretty wonderful, Vickie!

Jan said...

alright, you had me at the apple vinegar and apple salsa! I must try these this year! I am also going to dry and grind my apple peels into "apple sugar" and try to use them up for seasoning here and there too! Thanks for linking up at Apple week link party for Celebrate 365!

Kathi said...

I know, isn't that apple salsa intriguing? I love the idea of apple sugar too, thanks for that!