Windfall Apples – Simple Ideas for your Frugal Kitchen!
Look around the neighborhood and the chances are that you will spot a a fruit tree with a load of windfall apples underneath. These often go to waste and actually there is normally nothing much wrong with them…just cut out the bruised bits and you can have plenty of free meals! Plenty of good food simply goes to waste these days so making use of windfall apples is common sense really!
Where to Find Windfall Apples:
If you are lucky then you have a garden and an apple tree or two…if not then start looking around and check with your neighbors. Often people don’t bother with the windfalls at all because they are bruised or contain bugs…always ask before taking any, but usually the owners will be only too pleased for you to clear up their garden for them. Other strange folks prefer to buy the perfectly round apples that have been sprayed with chemicals to make sure that they are rosy and blemish free….they will often consign their own apples to the compost bin. If you don’t ask you won’t get…
What to Make with Windfall Apples:
Fresh apples juice is just one of the great things you can make from windfall apples…and the best thing is it will be completely free!
Once you have got a big box of windfall apples then you need to decide what to make with them…and don’t even think about suggesting cider! The first step is always to sort them out and make sure that they are clean and dry. Grade them so that you use up the ones in worst condition first. Keep the rest in a cool dark place like the basement. If the apples have fallen onto long grass then in reality they will hardly be bruised at all and should keep for many weeks so there is no rush to use them immediately.
||When you have a surplus of windfall apples why not opt for the traditional method of drying them? These days you can buys a cheap simple dryer or just put them in the oven after you have used it for something else. Slice thinly and pack in screw top jars when done after 3 or 4 hours.
||Boil up the windfall apples with just a tiny bit of sugar and a cinnamon stick. When soft drain off the juice and drink it….then allow the rest to cool and freeze in small containers or plastic bags. Great on your breakfast cereal in the middle of winter!
||Use a juicer to make really tasty apple juice from windfall apples. Just cut out the bad bits and juice the rest…core and skin. Will keep in the fridge for a couple of days but best made and drunk immediately!
||Windfall apples can of course be cooked just like any other apples. So there is plenty of choice like apple pie, apple crumble, baked apple etc. But try adding the apples to other dishes like Indian curry or Chinese stir fry…sweet and sour!!
||Raw apple either grated or sliced is a great addition to any crunchy salad. Using windfall apples will bulk up a salad when other ingredients are in short supply.
Other ideas about what to do with all your windfall apples can be found here: sallygardens
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Take a Frugal Tip from the MeanyGoat and have a look around for some windfall apples this year. You will be amazed at how many you can get for free if you just ask nicely. Share you scrimping and scrumping ideas in the comments!!