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5 ways with Imperfect Apples

Nothing beats biting into a nice crisp apple. But what about all those less-than-perfect apples – the bruised, discoloured and soft ones?

Here are five ways to make the most of your apples:

1. Bake With Them

Baking is a delicious way to use apples, especially ones that have gone slightly soft. Some of our favourite recipes? Try this awesome apple tart or whole apple crumble.

2. Preserve Them

Move over strawberry, there’s a new jam in town. Try this delicious jamin’ recipe from our Food Waste Champion Bob Blumber or make apple chutney, jam’s savoury cousin. You may want to make a bigger batch than you think you’ll eat as apple preserves make great gifts.

3. Freeze Them

Did you know you can freeze apples? Either core and chop your apples and freeze them raw, or cook them up with a little water on medium heat until they have gone soft.

Whatever method you choose, freezing your apples in serving-size portions will help them defrost faster.

4. Make Cider Vinegar

Often considered a magical ingredient, apple cider vinegar has no shortage of usages – from adding it to baking to drinking it straight (many people swear it can fix a variety of ailments). Apple cider vinegar is a great way to use up a batch of apples that are past their prime. Here’s how you can give it a go.

5. Dry Them

Dried apples make a great snack. If you don’t have a dehydrator, it’s easy to dry them in your oven. There’s no need to peel or core them – simply slice thinly, lay them on a baking tray and bake in a warm oven (about 100ºC) for a few hours, turning once. The longer you dry them, the crispier they will become. Store your dried applies in an airtight container.

Did You Know?

Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature, so store them in the fridge to prolong their life.

Want some more tips and tricks around apples?

Watch this video from our Food Waste Champion Christine.