So maybe this sounds familiar to you. You go to the apple orchard with your family. Everyone gets a little overzealous with filling their bags and you end up coming home with about 20 pounds of apples. You give some away to your neighbors, eat a bunch of them, bake some more into pies … and you’re still left with about two dozen apples. What do you do with all these apples?!
I asked the Internet this question, and got some pretty neat answers. Here are five ways to use up apples that I never would’ve thought of myself, but now seem like totally necessary things to do. Have fun!
Kids tired of boring old paintbrushes? Let them loose in the backyard with some homemade apple stamps and some red and green paint. Instant art for the fridge. Happy Hooligans suggests gluing on some real leaves for a 3-D effect. Maybe frame some of the better results as kitchen décor?
Apple Pie Pops
OK, I know you’re probably totally sick of apple pie at this point. But apple pie on a stick? Completely different story. Here’s the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.
This is a great craft that you can easily do with your kids — just dry some apple slices in the oven, string them, and hang them up. Learn to Preserve makes it look easy. It makes lovely seasonal décor, or you can hang them on your tree come Christmas. String a bunch of them together to make a garland. Your visitors will think you’re so crafty!
With Halloween is coming up, you’ll already have a bunch of jack-o-lanterns around the house. Why not throw some shrunken apple heads into the mix as well? Instructables has a great DIY.
When we were in Legoland in California a couple of years ago, my favorite thing to about the place was the apple fries. They were sweet and cinnamon-y, and I just had to see if someone had recreated the recipe for the Internet. Of course, someone had — I found a great recipe on Around My Family Table.