Using Apples in Cooking


March 26, 2008


As the old saying says "an apple a day keeps the doctor away!" This saying isn't far from the truth, apples have many health benefits. Apples have powerful antioxidants and are helpful in controlling blood sugar levels and cholesterol due to the pectin content. Apples originated from Central Asia and are still found there today. Apples were brought to North America in the 1600s by colonists. The first apple orchard was planted near Boston. Washington State is now the leading apple producer in the U.S.


Apples can be eaten many ways, baked, pureed, juiced, in desserts and even in some soups such as mulligatawny. It is best to eat apple with the skin because you will get more fiber and the highest levels of vitamin C is just under the skin. Often they are used in winter desserts such as apple pie, apple crisp or candied apples.


Buying Fresh:

When choosing an apple you want press to check for firmness. Choose apples that smell fresh.


Apples are among the highest in pesticides among the fruits, be sure to wash throughly even if you plan to peel them.


Apples can be stored for 2 weeks in the refrigerator or cool place. Apples can also be dried, frozen or canned.

Interesting Facts:

One of the first antidepressant prescriptions was apple juice. There are 7500 apple varieties in the world. Dried apples have been found as far back as the stone age.
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December 7, 2005

Try this the next time you make an apple pie: first pare the apples (remove skin or if you're like my family, you can leave the skin on the apple), then use an apple cutter that removes the core and sections the apple, and then cut those sections into the smaller sections you would use when baking your pie.

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November 5, 2010

The Granny Smith apples in my pie turn to applesauce if the pie bakes long enough to get the crust golden brown. Help!

By Brooke from Baltimore, MD


November 5, 20100 found this helpful

Try slicing the apples thicker.

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November 6, 20100 found this helpful

FUJI Apples don't get mushy. They keep their shape and are great in pies. You can either use them alone or mix them with other apples that you have.

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November 6, 20100 found this helpful

Preheat the oven up to 425°, bake at 425° for 15 minutes, then turn oven down to 350° for the remainder of time (about 30 to 45 min.) That should brown the crust without making the apples mushy.

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November 6, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with the feedback to try slicing the apples thicker, but also I'm wondering about your crust recipe. If it has the right amount of fat, butter, etc., it should brown, also, you could add a little bit of sugar, maybe 1 tablespoon to the flour mixture. I used to bake a lot of apple pies for our restaurant, and found the best flavored pies are made from at least two, preferably three different varieties of apples in the pie.

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May 6, 2011

Why do Gala (a type of apple) apples turn brown?

By Samantha


May 7, 20110 found this helpful

All apples, in fact most cut fruit, will turn brown once exposed to air. To prevent this, you can dip the fruit in lemon juice or other citrus juice. You can also sprinkle on some FruitFresh, which is a commerical product containing citric acid. It is made for this purpose and can usually be found with the canning supplies in your grocery store. Hope this helps.

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May 9, 20110 found this helpful

Besides assorted fruits, potatoes also do the same thing once cut. Here are a couple of short scientific articles that will help explain why (and how to prevent) in more detail:

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October 29, 20150 found this helpful

I cut the apples and place them in salted water to keep from turning brown until I am ready to bake with them. I also found the tip to soak them in pineapple juice to keep their color especially when you want to use them on a fruit tray with a dip.

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