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Apple Picking: Now what do we do with all these apples?

The kids are finally settled into their school routines. The days are getting noticeably shorter. There’s a chill in the air at night that wasn’t there before. It’s obviously that wonderful time of year again, apple picking time. So you bring your kids out for a day, have a great time picking apples and enjoy the early fall weather. You get back home, and the kids go back to their Ipads and TV screens. And now you’re stuck with a large bag of perishable apples.

We know what it’s like to end up with more apples than you know what to do with. To help the busy mom or dad get rid of all their family’s apples without actually getting rid of them, we’ve compiled a list of five super easy apple recipes that kids love and won’t get tired of.

Inside Out Caramel Apples

PREP: 30 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes (chill time)

INGREDIENTS:
3 apples
1 lemon
2 cups caramel squares
2 tablespoons corn syrup

DIRECTIONS:
1. Cut apples in half. Use a melon baller to scoop out the insides, leaving about 1/4 inch around all edges.
2. Squeeze the juice from the lemon onto the apples while you prepare the caramel. (This keeps them from turning brown.)
3. In a microwave-proof bowl, melt the caramels and corn syrup. Try 30 seconds, then 15 seconds – just enough to melt them.
4. Stir to mix.
5. Allow to cool for about 2-3 minutes.
6. Wipe the apples with a paper towel to remove as much lemon juice as possible. (Caramel won’t stick to a wet apple.)
7. Spoon the caramel into the hollowed out apples until just below the top. (This can be a very sticky stage, so you may want to wipe your fingers with some vegetable oil first.)
8. Set the apple halves in muffin tins to keep them steady.
9. Chill in the refrigerator until the caramel has set, about 20 minutes. Cut into slices (spray the knife with cooking spray for easier cutting; a serrated or tomato knife works well).
10. Decorate and eat!

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Makes approximately 40 chips
PREP: 15 minutes;
COOK: 30-40 minutes (baking time)

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups unsweetened apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 apples

DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat oven to 250 degrees F.
2. Combine apple juice and cinnamon stick in a pot; bring to a low boil while preparing apples.
3. Core the apples. With sharp knife, slice off 1/2-inch from top and bottom of apples and discard (or eat!). Saw gently crosswise into very thin (1/8-inch) rings, rotating the apple as necessary to get even slices.
4. Drop the apple slices into boiling juice; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until slices appear translucent and lightly golden.
5. With a slotted spatula, remove the apple slices from juice and pat dry with a paper towel.
6. Arrange the slices on cake-cooling racks, being sure none are touching.
7. Place the racks on the middle shelf in oven; bake 30 to 40 minutes until apple slices are lightly browned and almost dry to touch.
8. Let chips cool on racks completely before storing in airtight container.

Apple and Honey Pancakes

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10-15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
½ cup Self-Rising Flour
1 cup grated apples
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon Butter
¼ cup Condensed milk
1 tablespoon Sugar
¼ cup water
Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine all ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well to make a smooth, medium thick batter.
2. Spread onto greased, nonstick pan, making small cookie sized pancakes.
3. Garnish with some strawberries or banana slices, and drizzle with honey or any other syrup.

Apple & Strawberry Popsicles

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 6 hours (freezing time)

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups frozen/fresh strawberries
2 apples, peeled, chopped
1/4 cup apple juice
½ lemon, juiced
3 tablespoon honey

DIRECTIONS:
1. Blend all ingredients together in blender.
2. Poor into popsicle molds and freeze 6 hours.
3. Enjoy popsicles!

Apple Milkshake

PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes (blending time)

INGREDIENTS:
1 apple, peeled, chopped
1 glass of chilled milk
Sugar to taste

DIRECTIONS:
1. Blend chopped apple and sugar.
2. Add milk and blend to milkshake consistency.
3. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or brown sugar if desired.

So before you start tossing out apples, try a few or all of these apple recipes. The kids will love them, and you won’t have to feel guilty about wasting any apples this year!

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