Frugal Living: Apples

Apples are a great source of vitamins, and can be turned into so many things. Generally, if they are less than $3/kg they are a good price – so when I saw them in Countdown for $1/kg I knew it was a deal I had to take advantage of!

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I bought a total of about 4kg apples, so about $4 worth.

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I filled my slow cooker as high as it could be filled and left it to stew them overnight.

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I had this many left over to have for snacking.

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Once cooked, I strained my apples, and put them into three different things: Apple crumble, Apple pies, and Apple sauce for baby.

Here’s the base of my apple crumble.

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And a finished one (picture from last week, as we ate this one too quick! Whoops!) Total cost would have been less than $3, for four decent size servings.

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Here’s my little pies! We were a bit spoiled as I had ready-made pastry on hand from a previous project. I put them in muffin trays as it is a great little serving size.

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I just pinched the tops of mine, rather than making a full on lattice top, as I have done in the past.

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Brush with milk to glaze before baking.

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One thing I found was that I didn’t strain my apple nearly enough so it leaked out and made my pastry a bit soggy. I fixed this by removing them from the muffin trays after they’d baked for 15 mins or so, and done the final stretch with them standing on a tray.

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Delicious!

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And a cross section shot!

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The final lot I just separated as-is and used for baby food.

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