When thinking of a fall ingredient, apples are usually the first thing that come to mind. Most likely because there is such a great abundance of them during this time of year and, let's be honest, who doesn't love apple pie? OK, there might be some of you out there. But whether you don't like it or want new, creative ways to use apples in cooking, we've come up with eight recipes for you to experiment with.
Apples come in a variety of colors and though they are available year-round, they're best in the fall when they are just harvested. Look for apples without any bruises or brown markings. They should be firm, not mushy, with a fresh smell. If you're buying apples in bulk and are looking for some to eat raw and cook with, then it's a good idea to go for all-purpose apple varieties like Fuji, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Cortland, Granny Smith, Gala, Jonagold (not good for baking whole), Honeycrisp, McIntosh (though not good for long cooking times), and Pink Lady. Of course, play around with your favorite apple varieties and you'll soon learn what you like to bite into and what you'd rather cook with.
If you don't want to use apples for any of these dishes, then use them to ripen fruits like avocados, peaches, or pears by placing them together inside a brown paper bag. (Placing the bag in a dark drawer also helps to speed up the ripening process.)
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