When the leaves start to change colors and the air turns brisk, a sunny afternoon at a local apple orchard is a relaxing way to end your week. A short drive from UNH, last Thursday I picked an overwhelming amount of macintosh apples from DeMeritt Hill Farm. Combined with my roommate’s apples, together we undertook a daunting task of eating them before going soft. As much as I love the crisp bite of an apple, there are many ways to cook them. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Applesauce can be eaten alone, used as a condiment, or as a substitution in place of oils when baking. Below is a quick and easy recipe from One Green Planet for a tasty sauce:
- 6 apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (or to taste)
- 1/4 cup water
-Drop the apples into a pot and turn on medium heat. Add in cinnamon, maple syrup and water. As the apples cook, add more water if needed. Cook apples until soft, then mash with a potato masher or even with a fork!
If you use applesauce sparingly I suggest canning it! This way you can savor the taste of fresh apples all year round.
Incorporate your apples into a soup!
I love butternut squash soup! At the next farmer’s market you attend pick up some butternut squash to make a yummy and immune system supporting purée. At the bottom of this post I’ve shared a link to one of my favorite recipes.
If you think ahead, make extra and freeze it for the upcoming cold months!
Apple picking is an awesome way to get outside for a dose of vitamin D, while supporting your local farmers. Here are a few seacoast orchards to choose from:
- DeMeritt Hill Farm, 66 Lee Rd, Lee NH
- Applecrest Farm Orchards, 133 Exeter Rd, Hampton Falls, NH
- Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Rd, Londonderry, NH 03053
For a list of other orchards near you, visit www.seacoastharvest.org