5 Strange But Amazing Uses For Apples

April 24, 2012

Even though Apples are extremely yummy to eat there are many other uses for them.

1) Keeps Cake Fresh – Store cakes with a half of an apple – it will keep the cake nice and moist. Simple.
2) Roasting The Perfect Chicken – Stuff a Whole Chicken with an apple to keep it moist while cooking ( discard apple afterwards) – this is one of Budget Savvy Diva’s cooking secrets.
3) Loosen Up That Brown Sugar – Simple place a apple wedge in a bag of hardened brown sugar and tightly seal the bag and wait a day or two and it will be soft again ( SCORE!)
4) Ripen Tomatoes – Place unripened tomatoes with a apple in a paper bag for a couple of days.
5) Too much salt? – If your soup or stew is too salty simply add some apple wedges for 10 minutes. The apple will soak up excess salt.

How cool are these tips :) Enjoy!!!


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Thanks! Reader Digest for some of this hints

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Jonel April 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

pinned it thank u great ideas :)


Amanda April 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Thanks, but do you peel the apple for the chicken or leave the skin on it?

Also, I think on #4 you meant “couple of days” not coupon. ;)


Natalie April 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Softening brown sugar is a neat one… you can do the same thing with a piece of bread in the bag/jar/whatever.


Christine April 26, 2012 at 4:11 am

I’ve heard about using marshmallows in brown sugar also.

I’ve never bothered with an apple in the brown paper bag for tomatoes – just the tomatoes in the bag.

And I’ve heard the last hint about over salted soups/stews only with potatoes.


Sunee Rushing May 17, 2012 at 4:25 am

It is chemically proven that apples produce a chemical from their skin that ripens anything in its path! A dark place just decomposes it. Try this on Bananas, Avocados, Apples, Limes, Tomatoes, anything that needs to be ripened.


wendi May 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

the apple soaks up the salt.. potatoes add starch which causes the soup to thicken.


Lacy May 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Ok I have one too … When I make a cake instead of using OIL I use APPLESAUCE, it comes out so much yummier and you save the fat its a win win =D this was passed down from my mama… Happy mothers day!!!!


Linda May 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I substitute applesauce in place of oil too! Another mom thing as well! OH SO YUMMY!


Linda Fashingbauer September 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I use diet white soda instead of the oil and eggs. You use the cake mix and a 12 oz can of diet sprite or 7up or any cheap diet white soda mix and bake according to directions. the only calories you will have is the cake mix.


Kara May 26, 2012 at 2:48 am

I had a terrible odor in my carpet in my car and the guy at the car wash suggested cutting up an apple and throwing it under my seat. I did it and the smell went away amazingly quick! It was a spilled milk smell and in the heat of summer, I can’t even tell you how horrible that was!!!


Lucy August 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm

No this is an awesome tip!!


Lois January 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Seriously?! I am SO doing that! With a 2 yr old, it seems we are ALWAYS dealing with spilled milk!


Dana May 27, 2012 at 2:20 am

If you put an apple in with your potatoes, they will not sprout!


Lucy August 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

The apple doesn’t go bad?


Roxanne April 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm

My grandad used to do that. The apple just used to shrivel up eventually rather than go bad. I don’t know why.


hope June 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm

you could also stick the brown sugar in the microwave for a few seconds. i’m going to have to try the potato one :-) . that always seems to happen with me and my potatoes :-) . thanks for the ideas


Flim Stover July 11, 2012 at 5:46 am

Apples are also good for relieving Indigestion.
Just eat one after eating a meal or when you get
indigestion… Acid in apple counters stomach acid.
Have an apple before bed to avoid acid reflux while sleeping.
Apple sauce does not work… It Has to be a whole apple.


Amber Bowling August 27, 2012 at 7:40 am

If your a smoker cutting up apples and putting them around your house ( preferably in window seals and closets, even in cars it will remove the smell of smoke over night. we use to have the maids do this when I worked for a hotel. If someone smoked in a non smoking room. They would cut up apples and leave them all over the room over night. The smell was always gone. Also works in basements and storm cellars, dish washers and refrigerators.


Abbey November 19, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Thanks for the tip that is such a good idea! I’m guessing that you would throw the apple out after one day to avoid rotten apples! lol I’m going to try this in my car my hub smokes alot in there and the smell is awful….we also have a storge locker with our bed in it from our old apt which we both smoked in….I am going to try this with that I hope that it workes don’t want to have to throw away my stuff but cant keep it when it smells like this!!!!


Terri November 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Orange peels do this too.


Linda September 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I use diet white soda in place of the eggs and oil only calories are the cake mix


Steph September 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I have also heard if you are smoking in your car and don’t want the smell to stay cut a piece out of an apple and leave it in your car overnight. I tried it and it worked.


Joanna @ Running Places December 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Yes! My brother taught me this. It’s great!


Trish September 30, 2012 at 1:48 am

Wish I knew about this when the boulibase spilled in the trunk of my Z3 it was revolting for nearly a year. I tried everything…fabrizz, baking soda, etc. that was 10 years ago… the car finally smells nice. lol


Nicola November 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

1 more for you….. if you place an apple in a bag of potatoes it stops them sprouting sprouty bits!


Judy November 15, 2012 at 1:24 am

I wrap my brown sugar in foil and it doesn’t harden..I also wrap celery and cheese in foil..Celery lasts over well a month and cheese doesn’t mold..


Starlett November 24, 2012 at 12:36 am

I do the apple in a baked chicken or turkey…but I also cut an orange in half and put in the cavity..it makes a difference!


Mommers November 24, 2012 at 5:02 am

Never store apples with carrots. The apples cause the carrots to taste bitter.


Heather November 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

You could also put a large marshmallow in brown sugar. It works great!


Natalie December 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm

They also work great to ripen avocados quickly. Just put one in a bag with the avocado and it ripens so fast. I put mine in in the morning and it was ready to eat for dinner that night


Krissy December 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Thanks! Great tips :)


auntjanelle January 16, 2013 at 11:33 am

Great tips–thanks


Lynn Cawley January 21, 2013 at 6:34 am

Great tips from everyone. Thanks


Chrissy January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

For your brown sugar, you can also put a slice of bread in there… does the same thing. :)


Janna March 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

As for the cake with the apple u can do the same with a piece of bread! U can put a piece of bread on top of a cake while u store it!


sally June 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

very helpful — thanks :)


Mary J. June 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Very helpful hints!! Thanks!


traci June 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Wonderful ideas


Marcy June 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

You can use a potato for reducing salt in soups and stews too! I was quite young when my mom did this one time and I’ve always remembered it!


Kara August 9, 2013 at 1:07 am

Why do you say to throw away the apple after cooking it in the chicken? We do this all the time with our turkey for Thanksgiving but my dad eats the apple with ice cream for dessert, we don’t throw it away. I’m just wondering if there is something I don’t know about it! =)


Ginger September 8, 2013 at 2:20 am

Re; mayonnaise on ring spots…then do you use polish to regain the color/stain?


Emily March 1, 2014 at 1:39 am

Love these Apple tips!


Wendy March 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Half an apple sitting in cup holder or center console of you car will get rid of cigarette smell.


Carol June 13, 2014 at 4:11 am

Going to try the apple in the car and in the living room. My room mate smokes and he has the WHOLE house stinking!!!!


tracey November 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Awhile back my car got flooded the carpet and padding were replaced but a horrible musky smell remained so I placed 4 cored apples in the car and in 7 days the smell was gonna and has not returned.


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