Here’s a mesmerizing video of a guy peeling apples with a power drill
We're big fans of using power tools in the kitchen.
If you’re feeling particularly brave in the kitchen lately, here’s an utterly fascinating culinary method that seems worth exploring: the use of a power drill. Why? For one thing, it speeds things up.
For another, it looks really cool.
In this video from Handimania, you’ll learn how to peel a whole bunch of apples in no time at all, just by turning on a power drill.
Will you need this kitchen hack often? Probably not, but this will come in very handy if you ever get the urge to make applesauce, or you’re given the task of baking a dozen apple pies for Thanksgiving.
Not to mention, this awesome method is totally applicable to plenty of other smooth-skinned fruits and vegetables (but probably not potatoes). Even if you don’t end up using this hack in your own life, the video itself is pretty hypnotic.
Bonus material: Here's a video of Alton Brown grinding pepper with a power drill.
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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.
What a Week’s Worth of School Lunches Really Looks Like
One mom opens up her kids' lunchboxes to reveal what she packed them.
School lunch. Is there anything more relentless? Well, yes, laundry. But here’s the thing. With three kids in elementary school and one half-pint in preschool, I pack a whole lotta lunches every week. Now, I don’t have a fancy meal plan, but I do rely on a few strategies that make it possible to pack four lunches in about 15 minutes every day.
1- I repeat key ingredients so we get the most out of each one and thus spend less on groceries. Plus, once I have something like eggs on my mind, it’s easier to think of three or four ways to use them than consider ALL the things one could pack in a lunch.
2- We aim for at least two servings of fruits and veggies in each lunch (since experts say five servings per day is a good benchmark for healthy eating). Again, it simplifies the process to just stock up on a bunch of fresh produce at the store — peppers, apples, snap peas, kiwi, plums, whatever is on sale — then chop it up and throw that good stuff in.
3- Above all, bento boxes make the “planning” easy at our house because I just keep filling compartments, food stays put and, honestly, everything just looks more appetizing!
So, here’s what that looks like on a Monday through Friday:
MONDAY: Magical Mac & Cheese Muffins (photo above)
The “magic” is in the pureed sweet potato that’s mixed right into the cheese! This hand-held mac and cheese may be favorite way to handle weekend leftovers, but it’s the rascals’ favorite lunch ever. Also, these Muffin Cups require eggs. We have backyard chickens and a lot of eggs on hand so you’ll see eggs as the star of the show this week. Also included today: walnuts and M&MS (a makeshift trail mix!), kiwi, sugar snap peas and red bell peppers.
Fantastic Uses for Apples
Alongside bananas, apples happen to be the number one consumed fruit in the US today, but did you know that they also have several uses around your home besides eating? I’m serious when I tell you this! While they are especially good for you, they can also be used to eliminate odors, moisten cakes, and so much more. So continue reading to find out more about apples and their many fantastic uses. In case you missed this post, Apples: Everything You Need To Know
8 Delicious Ways to Use Up a Budget Bag of Apples
So you’ve recently purchased a bag of apples at the supermarket to get more bang for your buck. Good for you! Except now that you’ve brought a five-pound bag of apples home, you suddenly have no idea what to do with them. After all, it’s not like you can bake a pie every day. Luckily, we’ve solved your frugal fruit dilemma with a quick recipe round-up of all the delicious ways to keep your budget bag of apples from going to waste.
Ah, pre-bagged produce𠅊 complete time and money saver, especially when you want to eat healthy at a relatively low cost. As much fun as it is to pick out your own apples separately and bag them yourself, that individual selection can come with a hefty price tag, particularly if you’re buying a bunch of different types. And with plenty of ripe and juicy offerings to choose from other than the cafeteria staple, the Red Delicious, a mixed bag (about 15-20 small apples per bag or 8-10 large apples per bag) of Honeycrisp, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold apples can come in handy.
But, a pre-packaged bag of apples can also be a burden and complete waste if you don’t have a set plan on how to eat all them,ꂾyond snacking and bakingਊ pie. Fortunately, you can rely on these eight ways to use up an entire bag of apples, bringing new life to the phrase “waste not, want not.”
54 Surprising Ways to Use Leftover Apples
Here’s some shocking news: Apples are good for us! The plump little fruits are a good source of vitamin C and fiber, and have been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, certain cancers, and asthma. Apple-products phytochemicals and processing: a review. Soler C, Soriano JM, Mañes J. Natural product communications, 2009, Jul.4(5):1934-578X. Add in the flavor, and we can understand why it’s easy to go hog wild at a farmer’s market or orchard.
But then you end up with more raw apples than a belly can handle in one sitting (or even several) and run out of ideas for how to use them. So we’ve rounded up 54 creative ways to maximize apples’ benefits and keep them from going to waste.
1. Bake ’em.
Eat them on their own, sprinkled with cinnamon, or on top of a bowl of cereal or oatmeal for a healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert. Better yet, bake them with breakfast inside.
2. Stew ’em.
Pair the stewed apples from this recipe with whole-grain waffles or toast, some plain yogurt (the apples will provide enough sweetness!), or oatmeal for a snazzy, vitamin-packed addition to breakfast.
3. Sauté them with onions.
Combine the health properties of apples and onions into one delectable side dish.
4. Make apple butter.
After simmering and puréeing those apples, you’ll be able spread them over whole-grain toasts and bagels for many breakfasts to come (a great alternative to butter or margarine).
5. Make applesauce.
The childhood classic is fairly easy to make healthy (as long as you don’t dump a ton of sugar in there) and can use up a whole bunch of apples in one go. Bonus: Use the sauce to make an applesauce cake.
6. Add them to sandwiches.
PB&A is the new PB&J. Apples also go great with turkey, Swiss, and mustard on whole-grain bread.
7. Make a gratin.
The round fruit will be barely recognizable after mixing it with eggs (for a healthy dash of protein) and popping it in the broiler.
8. Add them to pancakes.
This recipe had us at “pancakes”. The apples give the ’cakes a texture similar to potato latkes and add sweetness without all those refined sugars.
9. Add them to chicken.
It might not look very appetizing, but this recipe tastes good and gives the body a dose of protein and antioxidants, to boot.
10. Add them to soups.
Mix some vitamin A with apples’ vitamin C in this carrot-apple-ginger soup.
11. Make a compote.
With no added sugar and a cornucopia of antioxidants, this fruit compote is a healthy, delectable way to use up those apples and spruce up a breakfast, snack, or dessert.
12. Pickle them.
Just in time for cold season, this spicy recipe uses up apples and goes to war on behalf of the immune system.
13. Turn them into relish.
Relish this relish recipe! Up the health factor by using less sugar than the recipe calls for.
14. Add ’em to salads.
Apples brighten up any salad and add some juicy crunch to those greens. For a salad that’ll keep you full, check out this apple, pecan, and bleu cheese salad recipe.
15. Turn them into a marinade.
Make a marinade for meat dishes with a healthy dose of apples, garlic, and spices.
16. Add ’em to coleslaw.
Finally, a mayo-free coleslaw that looks just as delicious as the original version!
17. Make a chutney.
Chock-full of apples, onions, garlic, and spices, this chutney is basically a delectable mashup of superfoods.
18. Make a salsa.
For a preservative-free version of the store-bought stuff, make this spicy apple salsa.
19. Grill them.
These flavorful apple rings make for an awesome side of vitamin C and deliciousness.
20. Mix them with chickpeas.
For a low-fat, vegetarian protein dish, check out this recipe for apples and chickpeas—the perfect dinner for a brisk fall day.
21. Mush ’em into jam.
Jam recipes usually call for a lot of sugar, but what sets this homemade jam apart from the store-bought stuff is that it’s made with fresh fruit and contains no preservatives.
22. Scramble ’em with sausage.
This sausage and apple sauté is full of protein, herbs, apples, and some healthy fats from olive oil. Replace the sausage in this recipe with turkey sausage for a leaner meat alternative.
23. Serve a healthier dessert.
Slice some apples in half, scoop out the center, and fill them with raisins, honey, and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Bake and top with Greek yogurt—you might not miss the pie and ice cream (but no guarantees).
24. Bake ’em into chips.
For a healthier alternative to the potato variety, try out this recipe for homemade apple chips.
25. Put ‘em in a frittata.
This frittata is so low-calorie, low-sugar, and low-fat, it’s almost hard to believe. (It calls for egg substitute, but we’re happy to use the real things.)
26. Stuff ’em into a squash.
This dish calls on the health properties of apples, pecans, squash, and lean turkey sausage—with beautiful results.
27. Add ’em to granola.
All that’s needed to make this apple granola is a blender, a roasting pan, and an oven. Cut down on the sugar to make it even healthier.
28. Cook ’em with sprouts.
Brussels sprouts are all the rage this time of year, and when paired with apples and butter they’re pretty much an unbeatably delicious side dish.
29. Bake some bread.
The description of this apple-cinnamon bread had us drooling. Swap in whole-wheat flour to make it even more nutritious.
30. Put ‘em in a pie.
Okay, so it’s predictable, but it’s also classic: Apple pie is probably one of the greatest comfort foods out there. Make it healthier by cooking the filling in the apple—it’ll cut back on excess crust (and look really cool!).
31. Make a (quinoa) cake.
This recipe is Greatist-approved, loaded with more protein than most baked goods (thanks to the quinoa), and probably pretty easy to make gluten-free (just substitute in gluten-free flour).
32. Make some alcoholic popsicles.
Don’t mind if we do! Cherries, apples, and limes add a shot of color and antioxidants to this frozen whiskey treat.
33. Preserve them.
If you seriously cannot eat another apple right now, then don’t—can, freeze, or dry them so you can enjoy them six to 12 months down the road.
34. Whip up a tartine.
A tart-what? We’re not sure either, but it seems to be a healthier version of dessert pizza—use whole-wheat flour, apples, and some natural sweeteners for a meal fit for anytime of day.
35. Give the dog a treat.
Make Fido’s day with these homemade, preservative-free dog treats.
36. Add them to smoothies.
Perhaps one of the quickest ways to get rid of leftover apples is to drink them for breakfast every day until they’re gone. Keep the classic b-fast beverage interesting by trying out these varied apple smoothie recipes.
37. Make apple juice.
The homemade, unfiltered, unsweetened variety retains all the good stuff and adds nothing bad.
38. Make cider.
This might be surprising, but it’s not that hard to make apple cider at home. The homemade stuff is full of vitamin C and doesn’t use any preservatives or added sugar.
39. Make hard cider.
This one’s a little more complicated, but for those dedicated to getting their gluten-free drink on, we’re sure the reward is worth the investment.
40. Infuse some vodka.
It sounds fancy-pantsy, but it’s really easy-peasy. Just chop up some apples, pour vodka over them, and let the mixture sit around for a few days or a couple weeks. Voila!
41. Hold candles.
Fill a boring Saturday and pretty up a home with these homemade apple candle holders.
42. Make potpourri.
Bring the smell of fall indoors (without the chemicals found in air fresheners) with this homemade potpourri recipe.
43. Suck up extra salt.
If you’ve sweated over a soup or sauce only to discover you added too much salt, don’t fret! Just toss a few apple slices into the pot, stir, and remove before serving—they’ll absorb the extra salt and guests will be none the wiser.
44. Soften brown sugar.
Who hasn’t opened up a bag of brown sugar only to find that it’s calcified into a couple of grainy bricks? No worries: Just pop an apple slice into a sealed bag, place the bag in the brown sugar, and in a few days those grains will sift right through your fingers.
45. Ripen other fruits.
The ethylene gas emitted by apples can help avocados, bananas, and other fruits ripen more quickly, so plop an apple in the fruit basket next to these other fruits next time you don’t feel like waiting five days to make guacamole.
46. Keep baked goods moist.
Plop a cake or other baked goods into an airtight container with half an apple. They’ll stay fresh longer thanks to the apple’s moisture.
47. Amp up a workout.
While doing crunches, squeeze an apple between the thighs for an added muscular challenge.
48. Give yourself a facial.
Apply apples’ health powers to your face with an apple and honey face mask.
49. Nip a headache in the bud.
Studies have found that smelling a green apple can reduce the intensity of a migraine and help it end sooner.
50. Drink out of them.
These simple apple cups are easy to make, easy on Mother Earth (since they eliminate the use of disposable cups or the washing of reusable ones), and easy to munch down on if you’re in need of a snack after that drink.
51. Make stamps.
Add a homemade touch to holiday cards with these easy-to-make apple stamps.
52. Shrink some heads.
Halloween may be over, but you can still get your gruesome on with these crafty shrunken heads.
53. Make a bird feeder.
Make a Mother-Earth-friendly birdfeeder from completely biodegradable (and bird-safe) materials. Or, if not feeling particularly crafty, just toss the fruits out into the yard and let the animals do the work themselves.
54. Share them!
If there are still some apples left over, we have to wonder how many you bought (we’re imagining several truck’s full). But seriously: Sharing is caring. And eating with other people is often more fun (and better for our health) than eating alone.
Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.
In a nonreactive bowl, mix the water and vinegar (or lemon juice).
Heat the oven to its lowest setting, usually between 140 F and 150 F.
Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin off the apples.
Core the apples with an apple corer or slice each apple into quarters. Cut off the tough center of each piece.
Using a sharp knife, cut the apples into 1/4-inch-thick slices. As you slice the apples, drop the pieces into the prepared acidulated water to prevent them from browning. Let the slices soak while you finish slicing the remaining apples.
Drain the apple slices in a colander, letting them sit for 2 to 3 minutes to drain off as much water as possible. If the apple pieces are too moist, they will steam instead of dry in the oven. To remove excess moisture, place the slices on top of a clean kitchen towel and pat dry with a paper towel.
Place cooling racks inside baking sheets and arrange the apples on the racks so the slices are not touching.
Place the baking sheets in the oven. If you don't have a convection oven, prop the oven door open with the handle of a wooden spoon to let the steam and moisture escape. Let the apples dry until they are a leathery or crispy texture, depending on your preference this can take anywhere from 6 to 10 hours. If your oven is hotter in some spots than others, turn the baking sheets around occasionally so that the pieces dry evenly.
Once the apples have the desired texture, remove them from the oven. You won't be completely sure if the apple pieces are fully dehydrated until they have cooled. Let the apples cool on the trays for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, tear a piece of the fruit in half. There should be no visible moisture along the surface of the break. If the apple is still soft, return to the oven for a bit longer. Start with 30 minutes and check for moisture again.
As with canning any fruit, start with ripe, unblemished fruit that is washed well. Then peel (if desired or specified in the recipe), core, and cut apples as directed in your canning recipe.
Canning Tip: Once peeled and/or cut, apples begin to discolor. Treat them with ascorbic acid color keeper per package directions or with lemon-water to keep from discoloring. To make lemon-water, combine 1 gallon water with ¾ cup lemon juice, place apples in solution, and drain before continuing.
10 Things to Do with All Those Apples
Did you recently go apple picking and now don’t know what to do with all those apples? Sure it’s great to eat an apple as a snack on its own (or maybe dunked in salted caramel sauce), but you are probably in need of some apple recipes so they do not go to waste. I swear, apples sometimes multiply in the bags after picking them…that, or I just don’t realize how many apples I’ll truly end up with when I pick a bushel. In any case, here are 10 things to do with all those apples you just picked!
Homemade apple sauce is so much better than what you find in the jar. This version is all grown up – it incorporates vanilla bean and bourbon.
Contrary to what some think, there is no butter in apple butter. A fruit butter is simply a very thick, smooth fruit purée. Try this recipe for apple butter that you can cook in a crockpot. Could not be easier!
No reason that pears get to have all the poaching fun – this recipe poaches apples in a mixture of red wine, orange juice and spices then sits atop honey and vanilla bean flavored Greek yogurt.
This list just would not be complete without the classic apple pie. You can stick to the original (seriously how beautiful is that lattice work?) or jazz it up with any of these versions:
These apple muffins are so delicious and moist, plus they are healthier for you because of the addition of whole wheat flour. Win-win!
Make your home smell like absolute heaven and bake up this fantastic apple cake that incorporates another fall staple: maple syrup.
This recipe for caramel apples includes instructions on how to make your own caramel sauce, but you can certainly just use already made sauce for an extra easy treat. Love how these apples are on actual sticks – perfect for a Halloween party!
Homemade stuffing is easier than you think – this version prominently features apples and can be tweaked to add different types of bread (cornbread would be fab), or add in a meat like crumbled breakfast sausage. Yum!
Apple cider donuts
Recently we posted a recipe for apple cider donuts – this recipe could be tweaked to include apple chunks in the batter, or you can use that homemade apple butter that you clearly already made from your apple haul.
Ahh, sangria – while usually more of a summer drink, you can absolutely drink sangria anytime. Try any of these delicious sangria recipes and be sure to throw some chopped up apples into the mix. Or if you want to really go all out with the apple theme, make apple cider sangria.
This list of 10 things to do with all those apples really just scratches the surface. There’s so many more apple recipes to try – chutney, apple glazed pork chops, apple turnovers, apple cheddar scones, apple molasses upside down cake, challah, and these extremely adorable apple pie cookies. You’ll have to excuse me, I have some baking to do.
3. Nom Nom Paleo’s Mexican Beef (with pork)
When I went through the dozens of recipes I found, I knew I needed certain meats. So I picked up some at the store, but I didn’t always remember which recipes needed them. Early on in the process, I sent hubby 3 pork recipes that he could make with the pork butt roast I bought, and he chose the Mexican one (you’ll notice that theme) even though it was a beef recipe. I knew we could use pork and it would be great!
Changes we made: It’s already an Instant Pot recipe, so we didn’t do much. We used whatever salsa we had on hand rather than fire-roasted, regular white cooking onions instead of purple like the photos, skipped the fish sauce because we don’t stock it (that would bring the flavor to a new level of “umami,” but we’re pretty simple people and loved it anyway!), and of course – we used pork instead of beef. Hubby cut up the roast into 1-inch pieces and it cooked super fast! I’m pretty sure we even did the quick release to see if it was done because we were in a hurry to eat.
The leftovers were hard to come by!
How did our 3-ingredient apple cobbler recipe taste?
It doesn't get much better than warm, cinnamon-spiced apples served with a sweet dough topping! This 3-ingredient apple cobbler recipe was so simple, but it tasted just as fantastic as homemade versions of this fall dessert. Our unpeeled apples still had some texture, but they were soft and gooey in all the right ways. The addition of cinnamon sugar provided the perfect level of spice and sweetness, especially when paired with already-sweet Honeycrisp apples.
Using chopped cinnamon rolls for the cobbler topping was undeniably easy. Instead of dirtying up a bunch of mixing bowls to create homemade sweet biscuits, we just opened a can of premade dough. We liked the texture of the cut-up rolls, but we also wondered if you could make a version without using a knife. Our second test batch used canned apple pie filling and uncut cinnamon rolls. Although we preferred the original recipe, this slightly lazier version still tasted great, so you definitely have options when making this easy 3-ingredient apple cobbler recipe.