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How to use up 12 Gala apples?

esquimeaux Feb 22, 2011 01:09 PM

Just had a dozen apples dumped on me, not sure what to do with them. I'd like to make something,either a sweet or savory, that I can freeze for future consumption. Any suggestions? Seems like a waste to just put them into my daily smoothie....

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    limoen Feb 22, 2011 01:12 PM

    Applesauce keeps and freezes very well, or you could make apple-almond muffins - good for breakfast. Apples themselves also keep quite well in a cool dark cupboard so you don't necessarily have to hurry

    1. Cheese Boy Feb 22, 2011 11:26 PM

      I'd make an apple crisp with them. It will freeze well and you can separate it into small serving sizes. Later on, take out the apple crisp along with some neighboring vanilla ice cream, nuke the crisp, and top with the ice cream. Delicious.

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      1. re: Cheese Boy
        Jay F Feb 23, 2011 12:05 AM

        I would make an apple crisp, too. But I wouldn't freeze it (though you are welcome to).

      2. Quine Feb 23, 2011 12:32 AM

        Gala apples are such an excellent eating apple, and very odd, sorta out season that once could complaint that one was "dumped".
        If they are still the bright crisp snap of the usual Gala, I say, eat an apple a day.

        But if you really were dumped and since gala is an eating apple and not a storage apple. depend what you like,

        I dislike sweets, but an apple/onion compote would be nice. Kick up the savory. Apple in balsamic, but not sweet, frozen in cubes ( I am guessing apple sauce consistency) would be a nice addition latter at a stir-fry.

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          foufou Feb 23, 2011 04:17 AM

          apple cobbler freezes well

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            magiesmom Feb 23, 2011 05:13 AM

            Lucky you! I love Galas, so I would eat them easily in a week. But if you want to freeze them, make applesauce, unsweetened, which can be sweet or savory later when you want it.

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              jvanderh Feb 23, 2011 08:39 AM

              I'd dry some in the oven.

              1. Sensuous Feb 23, 2011 09:07 AM

                There is something so special about homemade applesauce even though it is so easy. Galas make wonderful applesauce. All you do is slice them and throw them in a pot. Simmer them covered with just a splash of water. Mash them when they are soft or leave them chunky. You don't need to add sugar.

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                1. re: Sensuous
                  asheblogs Feb 28, 2011 06:38 AM

                  Or if you want an applesauce with spices, the best recipe I've tried is here:

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                    chefathome Feb 28, 2011 09:15 AM

                    ...and an additional applesauce thought is to roast the apples first.

                2. tcamp Feb 23, 2011 09:50 AM

                  This is my favorite apple cake, which I make using galas in the fall. It should use up 4 or so large apples:


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                    HillJ Feb 23, 2011 12:00 PM

                    Baked apples with loads of butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla. Trim top, core apple fill with ingredients and bake. Baked apples with vanilla ice cream is so comforting!

                    1. Novelli Feb 23, 2011 12:06 PM

                      peel and core 5 apples. Dice into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss with white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cold butter, and chopped walnuts.

                      Then roll it all into a puff pastry log. Slice log into 1inch rounds, lay rounds flat on baking sheet and bake off for 20-25 mins @ 375 or until golden. Apple pastries!

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                        oakjoan Feb 23, 2011 12:15 PM

                        Lately I've been making bread pudding with apples (and a couple of times with pears) using Acme Bakery's Levain bread. It's a sort of sourdough bread with some whole wheat flour (and probably some other flours) in it. I save the crusts and heels and, when I have enough, make the pudding.

                        It makes a fabulous bread pudding.

                        1. re: oakjoan
                          Norm Man Feb 23, 2011 12:47 PM

                          oakjoan, can you give us your Apple/Pear Bread Pudding Recipe? It sound GREAT. Thanks.

                        2. re: Novelli
                          foufou Feb 23, 2011 01:19 PM

                          wow! this looks like a great recipe...looking forward to trying it...thank you for sharing it

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                          Feastonthcheap Feb 28, 2011 07:10 AM

                          Homemade applesauce, as many others have suggested, I'm also a big fan of Apple, Raisin & Celery Seed Slaw. Goes wonderfully with pork chops, pulled chicken sandwiches (or anything you'd normally use coleslaw for)

                          1. chefathome Feb 28, 2011 09:20 AM

                            When I think of apples I think of a jicama/pear/apple slaw but obviously that isn't for freezing! Or stuffed pork loin with calvados glaze. Tarte Tatin is my favourite apple dessert. Apple dumplings in pastry are delicious.

                            For things you can make and freeze or keep for later I recommend apple butter or apple jelly (really good with fresh mint to serve with duck or lamb). You can infuse some vinegar, too.

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