One of our favourite go-to fruits and there are many different varieties grown in the UK. Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C, and are split into either eating or cooking categories. Cooking apples can be used in many different puds like pies, crumbles or simply baked stuffed with raisins and cinnamon.
How to store
How to store fresh apples
For freshness and quality, always store your apples in the fridge. They will last longer than if left out in a fruit bowl.
Apples can be frozen in a sealed bag or container for up to 3 months.
Storing cooked apples
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Apples top tips
How to freeze and defrost
To freeze: Apples can be frozen in slices after they have been quickly cooked in boiling water. Freeze in a single layer, then pack into bags once frozen. You can use the frozen apples to make apple cake or apple sauce.
To defrost: When you take food or drink out of the freezer, it’s important to defrost it safely. Don’t defrost at room temperature.
Eating the whole food
No need to peel apples. Just wash before use.
Be fabulous with leftovers
Leftover, wrinkly or soft apples can be used up in smoothies. They are also great in pickles, chutneys or even added to a curry. Stew old apples to make apple sauce or use up in a crumble.
Think about buying apples loose to help you buy only what you need. This will ensure that all your food is more likely to be eaten and saved from the bin.
Frozen apple slices are available, which are ideal for pies or desserts. Frozen foods last a long time in the freezer, you can use as much as you need when you need to and they can often be a cheaper option. Apple pie filling or topping also comes in tins.
Use our portion calculator for a quick and simple way to check how much of this food to serve at mealtimes.
Valuing your Apples beyond the price tag
Goodness in food
Your food is more than its shape, colour and price. Your food has an important role to play to help keep you healthy and with enough energy to live your life how you wish to.
- Great source of vitamin A which helps vision in dim light.
- It’s also a great source of vitamin C, helping to protect cells and keeping them healthy.
- A good source of fibre which helps with digestion.
By the time your food arrives in your home, it’s already been on quite a journey starting with how it is made or grown and how your food reaches the supermarket.
So please help our food to finish its story in the most sustainable way, ensuring the planet’s resources that’s already used are put to good use. Take care of your food when it’s in your home and ensure every edible morsel is eaten - and that your food doesn’t end up in the bin!
Why not try these delicious recipes to use up Apples
Use up any variety of dessert apples in this delicious recipe, which incorporates a quick toffee sauce and is topped off with a crispy crumble made from a leftover doughnut.