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10/27/2014 11:14 am ET Updated Dec 27, 2014

How to Eat a Lot of Apples, on the Cheap

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Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety. 

Today: How to handle cooking enormous amounts of apples, from apple-picking or general fall excitement.

Can you feel it? The air is getting crisper. You've traded in your jorts for jeans. If you, like me, live in New York, you've noticed that it's smelling less like hot garbage and more like regular garbage these days.

As the Earth observes the ancient call of the Autumnal Equinox -- the leaves changing color, animals preparing to hibernate -- so must we, by choosing a new seasonal activity to Instagram: Apple picking.

Apple picking, like playing shuffleboard and eating porridge and antiquing, is an activity that folks have been doing for ages but is experiencing a resurgence. Should you go this year (and you should; the fresh non-garbage air is good for you), you'll likely have more pounds of apples than you know what to do with. You'll be sick of eating them whole, but you know you have to power through the rest because a) c'mon, food waste is terrible and b) it's like burning money and then throwing it in the trash. (PSA: If you can afford to burn money and then throw it in the trash, click out of this column and consider becoming my personal angel investor.)

For those of you overloaded by apples, here's how to stretch them out:

Eat them for breakfast.

Red Rooibos and Gala Apple Bread

Fresh Muesli with Apples, Currants, and Toasted Almonds

Teddie"s Apple Cake (Yes, it's a breakfast food.)

 

Eat them in salads.

Sweet, Salty, Crunchy, Zingy Apple and Celery Salad

Kale Salad with Apples and Hazelnuts

 

Use them in main dishes and sides:

Prune and Apple Stuffing

Apple and Fennel Soup

Autumn Celeriac (Celery Root) Purée

Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel

Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries

 

Turn them into snacks, spreads, and garnishes:

Quick Pickled Apples 

Roasted Apple Butter 

Apple Chips

 

And, of course, add them to cocktails and desserts:

Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Galette

Apples Baked in Cider

Judy Rodgers' Roasted Applesauce (and Savory Apple Charlottes)

Apple Blow Fizz

How are you eating your apples this fall? Tell us in the comments!

This article originally appeared on Food52.com: How to Eat a Lot of Apples on the Cheap

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