Apples are one of the most marvelous foods – they’re great for snacks, pies, marinades, and even more than you may have thought – and they tend to be quite cheap! However, sometimes you end up with a few more apples than you’d like.
What should you do with them all? Well, we have good news – there are almost infinite ways to put an apple to good use aside from just eating them. Here’s just a few of them:
Make an easy craft for kids
This is perfect if you’ve got kids and you’re just about out of ideas for entertaining them – especially during the holidays coming up when they’re out of school. Or if you’re just babysitting! Use apples as stamps.
All you need is paint or ink. You cut the apple in half, dip the inside into the paint or ink, and stamp it onto construction paper or cloth. You can make all sorts of patterns and use different colors too.
Ripen green tomatoes
If you’re stuck with an over-abundance of apples as well as green tomatoes, never fear, they aren’t quite useless. If you place a ripe apple in a paper bag with green tomatoes for a couple of days, they’ll ripen right up! It’s best if the ratio is five or six apples to each apple.
Give your core a workout
If you’re short on workout equipment, but you want to get in a little extra, try putting an apple between your thighs and squeezing it while you do crunches. That way, you’re not only working out your abs, but also your hip flexors and adductors.
Fluff up hardened brown sugar
I’m sure you’ve noticed that brown sugar tends to harden when it’s exposed to too much humidity. Guess what can solve this? Yep, you guessed it – apples! All you have to do is place an apple wedge in a self-sealing plastic bag of hardened brown sugar.
Be sure that it is tightly sealed, and after one or two days, your brown sugar will be soft and moist again.
Keep cakes fresh
Whether you have a homemade cake or a store-bought one, you can store it with half of an apple to maintain its freshness. The apple helps the cake to retain moisture longer than it would if it were just sitting in the fridge.
Roast a juicy chicken
One of the biggest struggles with chicken is keeping it from drying it out while you’re cooking it. If you place an entire apple inside of the chicken before you roast it, you will be overwhelmed by how supple, delicious, and juicy the chicken is. Just toss the apple out when it’s done, and serve your moist chicken!
Absorb salt in soups and stews
I don’t know about you, but I love salt – perhaps a little too much. Because of this, I end up over-salting my food at times. But never fear – an apple can fix this too. Just drop a few wedges into the pot and after you’ve cooked all of it for at least 10 more minutes, you can remove the apples. Potatoes can also do the trick!
Clean your oily hair
Some are calling this the ACV rinse as it’s grown in popularity. Simply mixing a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one pint of water and rinsing it through your hair after it has been shampooed and conditioned helps to remove soap residue that makes your hair oilier than it ought to be.
Give yourself a mini facial
If your skin is inflamed or you’re battling fine wrinkles, let apples do their magic. All you need to do is peel it, grate the core, and apply it to your skin. After about 15 minutes, you can rinse it off with warm water.