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Dessert apples - glut!

Hi, I have a geat glut of dessert apples all slightly imperfect and therefore cannot be stored. I have stewed some - can I freeze? Put some in cakes; eaten some ...any ideas what I can do with some more, well lots more as the rest will probably fall on Monday with the forecast! Recipes, freezing tips etc really welcome. Thanks.



  • ginagibbsginagibbs Posts: 756

    Jam and chutneys should use up a few kilos

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,214

    My daughter cooked a quantity of Bramleys and then froze them. She's eaten them all in various ways and hasn't keeled over so I think it's safe to say it's ok to freeze! image

    She split it into several small pots and used it mainly for pancakes but I expect yours would be good for a sauce to accompany meat Daintiness. Shouldn't matter that it's dessert apples either.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,878

    how about drying? I don't know how to do it but there are apples in some dried fruit mixes

  • Polly2Polly2 Posts: 3

    If you have some mint, sage or rosemary left try cooking them down with a herb. put into a large pan, cover with water and simmer until soft. then strain through muslin or jelly bag ( for full herb jelly recipe) measure the juice and add equal quantity of sugar to juice ie 500g to 500ml, simmer until it reaches setting point and then pour into sterilised jars. Yum! Brilliant with the sunday roast

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,214

    That sounds very good Polly! image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 980

    Thanks for the ideas. I'll definitely freeze because I would love to have some later in the year.

    Ginagibbs, any proven recommendations on the jams or chutneys or a site for recipes?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,478

    Staacey had a plum and apple mincemeat I made earlier on, then  plum and apple chutney, then lots of spples just blancjed and frozen. I use sweet apples for crumbles, without adding any extra sugar.

  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 980

    Ginagibbs. What kind of jam can I make with apples?

  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 980

    Sorry, meant to add, I have searched around for some recipes but they all say cooking apples. What would happen if I used dessert apples - I'd use less sugar but would they work?

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,214

    Cooking apples break down more than dessert apples so it just means you have lumps rather than puree if that makes sense. I would think you could do things like tarte tatin as the apples are in slices anyway. I've seen chefs do crumbles and pies using a mix so that it's not such a soft squishy filling. Granny Smiths often get used instead of Bramleys for pies as they're tart but firmer. Expect it's a question of personal taste too, Daintiness.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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