I’ve had a lot of Disappointing Apples lately, and this is my method of coping.
1. Put a splash of water (or wine, or apple juice) in a small lidded saucepan and warm over the stovetop.
2. Core and cut the apples into chunks. (You can peel them first for a smoother consistency and a more uniform appearance. I, of course, don’t.)
3. Put the apple cubes in the pot. Sprinkle with tons of cinnamon and stir. Cover and let simmer for ten minutes or so, stirring every now and then. (Or boil uncovered if it turns out there’s too much water. Do not drain.)
4. The apples are ready when you can easily mash them with a fork. Squish them into applesauce and try not to eat it all at once.
5. Sweeten if needed, preferably with a natural sweetener like honey or some leftover homemade jam.
Verdict: I’ve used this trick on some of the oldest, saddest apples I’ve ever seen, and they really do taste better after. Yay fall!