6 Clever Uses For Apples You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
Dealing with a disaster in the kitchen? There’s an apple for that! These brilliant new uses for apples will have you seeing everyone’s favourite fruit in a whole new light.
1. Use Apples to Roast a Juicy Chicken
If your roast chicken tends to come out of the oven looking like something from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, don’t fret. The next time you roast a chicken, stuff an apple inside the bird before placing it in the roasting dish. When it’s finished cooking, toss the used fruit in the compost and get ready to sit down to a delicious—and juicy—main course. Here are more easy hacks that could save your Thanksgiving dinner.
2. Use Apples to Keep Cakes Fresh
Want a simple and effective way to extend the shelf life of your homemade or shop-bought cakes? Store them with a half an apple. It helps the cake maintain its moisture considerably longer than merely popping it in the fridge. Got more flour in your cupboards than you could possibly use for baking? Check out these clever uses for flour outside the kitchen.
3. Use Apples to Ripen Green Tomatoes
If someone in your family just ‘helped’ by harvesting a few green tomatoes off the vine for you, don’t sweat. You can quickly ripen them up by placing them—along with an already ripe apple—in a paper bag for a couple of days. For the best results, maintain a ratio of about five or six tomatoes per apple.
4. Fluff Up Hardened Brown Sugar With Apples
Brown sugar has the irritating habit of hardening up when exposed to humidity. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to make this a temporary condition. Simply place an apple wedge in a resealable plastic bag with the chunk of hardened brown sugar. Tightly seal the bag and put it in a dry place for a day or two. Your sugar will once again be soft enough to use. Heading to the orchard this fall? This is the right way to pick an apple—and eight more things you should know before you go apple-picking.
5. Use Apples to Absorb Salt in Soups and Casseroles
Salting to taste is one thing, but it is possible to overdo it. When you find yourself getting heavy-handed with the salt, simply drop a few apple wedges into the pot. After cooking for another 10 minutes or so, remove the wedges-along with the excess salt. Here are seven more healthy reasons to bite into an apple today.
6. Use Apples as Decorative Candleholders
Add a cozy, country feel to your fall or winter table setting by creating a natural candleholder. Use an apple corer to carve a hole three-quarters of the way down into a pair of larger apples, insert a tall battery-powered taper candle into each hole, surround the apples with a few leaves, branches or flowers and voila—a lovely seasonal centerpiece! Next up, check out these brilliant ways to put spices to work all around the house.