Our team works in the food industry and many of us also have growing families to feed, so we certainly are passionate about fresh food and quality ingredients. We were thrilled to be invited back to the Produce Made Simple Ambassador team for 2020, to help them promote fresh fruits and vegetables, including local produce like Ontario Apples.
Recently we were invited to an incredible event with their Ambassador team in Toronto. On the night, we were split into two teams and challenged to cook a meal featuring a selection of Ontario grown apples.
We also got to eat a variety of other amazing appetizers, drinks and a gorgeous cake all featuring apples as the main ingredient. Honestly, everything tasted great and it was also super to work with all of the other talented bloggers, representatives from Ontario Apple Growers and the Ontario Produce Marketing Association, the organization that owns Produce Made Simple.
Tips for Apple Storage and Usage
- Fresh apples should have a bright, pleasant aroma and tight skin. Apples should be handled with care, as they bruise easier than you can break an egg. Brownish freckled areas do not affect flavour and naturally occur on certain varieties.
- Store apples in a cool, dark place or keep them in the refrigerator crisper, in a plastic bag. The saying one bad apple spoils the bunch is true. If you notice one is bruised, pull that out to eat first; simply cut away the bruise.
- Apples produce a natural ethylene gas that speeds the ripening of other fruits so be sure to store apples away from other produce, unless you want to speed up their ripening time. To do this, place an apple in a paper bag with the other fruit you’d like to ripen. Leave the bag open to allow it to breathe and store on the counter out of direct sunlight.
- Lighten up your baking: when a recipe calls for oil, substitute half with smooth applesauce. There will be fewer calories and no difference in taste although baking times may vary slightly.
- If you are slicing apples to eat fresh, toss them with a bit of lemon or lime juice, or acidulated water (1 cup water to 1 teaspoon lemon juice). This will prevent them from browning if you do not plan to eat them right away.
About Ontario Apples
Close to 20 different varieties of apples are grown on 16,000 acres in Ontario. The province’s major apple-producing areas in Ontario are spread along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. These large, deep bodies of water help moderate temperatures, which makes Ontario an ideal place to grow apples.
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