Apples will ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than refrigerated. Most apples will keep two weeks in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Granny Smith and Fuji apples will keep a bit longer.
Store apples in a plastic bag in the refrigerator away from strong-odored foods such as cabbage or onions.
Cooking and Baking With Apples
They are extremely versatile and available for a good part of the year. Besides eating them out of hand, apples are delicious in breads, in crisps, in apple butter, baked and sautéed as a side dish. For a low-calorie appetizer or snack, replace crackers with apples and slices of cheese.
Rub cut apples with lemon juice to keep slices from turning brown.
Three medium-sized apples weigh about 1 pound.
A pound of apples, cored and sliced, measures about 4 1/2 cups.
Buy about 2 pounds of whole apples for a 9-inch pie.
One large apple, cored and processed through a food grinder or processor, makes about 1 cup of ground apple for applesauce.
The following are some tasty recipes to help ensure that you can get your daily apple intake.
Roast Quail With Apple and Calvados
Chicken or game hens can easily be substituted for quail in this low-calorie dish.
Curried Chicken and Apple Stew Over Basmati Rice
Use one of the excellent canned curry sauces widely found in markets everywhere and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.
Braised Red Cabbage With Apple
Red cabbage benefits from long slow cooking. Serve this dish with roasted meats or game.
Shaved Fennel, Green Apple and Pecorino Romano Salad
A good quality olive oil is important to the success of this simple salad.
Fennel, Carrot and Apple Slaw
This light and healthy side dish is great with grilled meats.
Cheddar, Ham and Apple Panini
A dollop of mango chutney will add pizzazz to an already winning combination of ingredients.
American Apple Pie
This dessert is delicious served plain, or topped with vanilla ice cream.
German Apple Cake
A thick, moist cake complemented by a crunchy streusel topping. Make ahead and freeze for up to six months.
Spiced Baked Apple With Walnuts
The aroma of apples and cinnamon will warm your winter kitchen. Leftovers can be reheated and served with a little cream.
Creamy Morning Millet With Apples
This will add some delicious variety to your morning hot cereal.