Early Taste of Autumn

Every late summer our apple trees end up dropping a good amount of nice looking apples that seem such a shame to waste. No matter that these apples have fallen weeks before they are ripe – I do not want them going to waste. Instead of wasting the fallen fruit, we use them for an early taste of Autumn.

Chopping up our nice looking - if a bit tart - fallen apples.
Chopping up some of our nice looking – if a bit tart – fallen apples.

After gathering your fallen apples, chop them up into even-ish pieces. Make sure you leave out any questionable pieces – no need to eat those wormy trails. Get your favorite skillet good and hot, and throw your choice of fat into it. I prefer good old butter, but you do you. After the fat is melted, put in the apples and stir around to coat. The apples can be crowded in the pan, but don’t go overboard – we are looking for more of a fry/saute than a steam to happen here.

Frying up my free fallen fruit.
Frying up my free fallen fruit.

Stir the apples occasionally until they are soft enough for your liking. When they are about done, sprinkle with some cinnamon and stir to coat. Proceed to enjoy the early-fall smell sensation.

Adding cinnamon to a no-waste apple dish
Cinnamon added!

Cool a bit before serving – you do not want to risk burning your tongue here! Serve as is, with half and half or cream, or over ice cream.

Fried apples with cream - a delicious way to use fallen fruit.
Fried apples with cream – a delicious way to use fallen fruit.

These apples are an easy way to use up food that would otherwise go to waste – I am sure that your favorite minimalist and zero-waste advocates would approve. Plus, there is something extremely cozy about getting an early taste of autumn…speaking from experience.

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