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Kitchen Skills: 4 Ways to Cut Apples

Learn how to cut apples like a pro! Mastering the basic knife cuts such as large dice, small dice, julienne, etc. is not just a lesson for professional chefs.  Knife skills when learning how to cut apples are handy to have for home cooks as well....

Learn how to cut apples like a pro!

Mastering the basic knife cuts such as large dice, small dice, julienne, etc. is not just a lesson for professional chefs.  Knife skills when learning how to cut apples are handy to have for home cooks as well. Sure, it makes your dish look extra special, but there is a method to the madness. Each cut has its own function when it comes to your eating experience.

Since most people add raw apples to the culinary masterpieces, cutting them in different shapes also adds a bit of visual interest. Here are a few ideas to add a little more flare and function to your cooking with the flick of a knife.

4 techniques to master when learning how to cut apples

Large or Small Dice

The best way to get a square shape out of a round apple is to cut the apple crosswise, stack a few slices on top of each other and cut into cubes, discarding the center core pieces. Be sure to cut your apples the same size as other items in your dish to makes the eating experience more pleasant.

When cooking apples, use a large dice if you want the apple to retain some of its shape after cooking and a small dice if you would like the texture of the apple to be soft and “disappear” in the dish.

Julienne

Otherwise known as matchsticks, this cut is a favorite for salads; it makes an interesting presentation, adds a nice textural crunch but is still easy to eat due to the thin cut. This cut is approached the same way as the dice; by stacking apple rounds and making thin slices.

Batonnet

The batonnet cut is similar to the julienne cut, only larger, like a French fry. This is a unique way to cut apples for serving alongside a dip instead of the standard wedge.

Shaved Slice

This is technically not an official culinary size, but since slicing is a common way to cut apples, we thought it deserved an honorable mention. A shaved slice is just a paper-thin version of the typical slice of apple and is best done with a mandolin if you have one. Alternatively, you can cut thin slices by hand, carefully, with a very sharp knife. Shaved apples are wonderful in dishes that have lots of other ingredients in it because they are thin enough to spear on your fork with another piece of food, which enhances the texture and flavor of every bite. Plus, thinly shaved slices are a nice way to keep the apple shape without adding bulk to the dish.

And don’t forget about the lemon water trick to keep your apples from browning; keep cut apples in a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice until you are ready to use. Drain and pat dry before adding to your recipe.

Any way you slice them, apples enhance the texture, flavor and even nutrition in our dishes, so I hope you grab your chef’s knife and give these different cuts a whirl.

Rockit™ Apple Party Decor Ideas

Using real apples in party decor adds a touch natural beauty and rustic sophistication to any event. Thanks to their size, our tiny Rockit™ apples are incredibly versatile and can be used in many different ways to create original decorations. Making party decor yourself means you can...

Using real apples in party decor adds a touch natural beauty and rustic sophistication to any event. Thanks to their size, our tiny Rockit™ apples are incredibly versatile and can be used in many different ways to create original decorations.

Making party decor yourself means you can customize everything to your liking. It can also help you save money without compromising the vision for the event you’re hosting.

To help you get started, we’ve concocted four DIY Rockit™ apple decor ideas that you can use for your next party or event. We even created a special one just for weddings!

Idea #1: Create dreamy floating apple table centerpieces

These romantic floating apple centerpieces are perfect for a rustic-chic table setting at a wedding or Springtime party. They also look beautiful on a dessert buffet.

Looking for a show-stopping piece? Try scaling up and creating one oversized centerpiece. Making these Pinterest-worthy centerpieces is a cinch.

Hot tip: place the apples into the jars before adding the water to avoid a splash!

Idea #2: Make picture-perfect name card holders

With the help of a mini clothespin, you can turn any Rockit™ apple into an adorable name card holder. This simple apple decor idea can bring a pop of color and freshness to your table.

Print off the names of your guests or write them out to create the name cards that you will clip to the stem of the Rockit™ apples. 

Hot tip: pick the brightest colored apples and use a tea towel to polish them until they shine. There’s no added gloss, so they stay completely edible!

Idea #3: Frost perfect little apple ornaments

Sugar-frosted Rockit™ apple ornaments will add warmth and comfort to your party decor. We loved how they looked hanging by white ribbons next to soft glowing twinkle lights but you can also place them in a rustic basket to make a centerpiece.

Egg whites and sugar are all you’ll need to coat the apples to perfection.

Hot tip: make sure the apples are completely dry before you add the ribbons and hang them. 

Idea #4: Top your wedding cake with Rockit™ apples

Looking for an original wedding cake topper for your big day? Look no further than this adorable bride and groom set made out of tiny Rockit™ apples! 

Add a touch of whimsy and personality to your wedding cake by making the topper yourself.  

Hot tip: vary the decoration to match your wedding outfits!

How to Upcycle Your Rockit™ Shuttle

Once you have reached the bottom of your Rockit™ Shuttle, don’t toss it into the recycle bin just yet. We have some ideas on how to keep your home organized using our Rockit™ Apple Shuttle. Call it spring cleaning, tidying up, or decluttering; everybody could...

Once you have reached the bottom of your Rockit™ Shuttle, don’t toss it into the recycle bin just yet. We have some ideas on how to keep your home organized using our Rockit™ Apple Shuttle. Call it spring cleaning, tidying up, or decluttering; everybody could benefit from a little time spent getting life in order.

Kitchen

The kitchen is full of loose odds and ends that take up valuable space on our counters or in our kitchen’s cupboards and drawers. Use our Rockit™ Shuttle for storing everything from napkins, Mason jar lids, cleaning supplies or all the little do-dads that end up in the “junk” drawer. Not only can using the Shuttle free up drawer space but it makes it easier to transport to the dinner table or wherever you need items to go.

Bathroom

Some products seem to find a permanent home in the back of our medicine cabinets or linen closets. Using our Rockit™ to store similar items together means you will be able to keep your products organized and visible.

Craft Supplies

Most homes only have a small space in the hall closet where crafts supplies live. Organizing them in tubs makes for easy access as well as fast cleanup. Add labels on the front with masking tape so the kids can find what they need without rifling through bins.

Tools

Tools often find their way into the far reaches of the garage. Help your “home-fixer” out by creating an orderly system for their tools and supplies. It might even motivate them to get more projects done around the house!

Stay tuned for more ways to use your empty Rockit™ Shuttle in our upcoming months. Tell us what ideas you have come up with, share it on your social media and tag us. We would love to know!

Make This Year a ROCKIT™ Year

The new Rockit™ apple is known as the world’s first miniature apple. Although they are small, they deliver big on flavor and nutrition. Here is why you will want to keep a bucket of these little gems on hand all year round: They are convenient...

The new Rockit™ apple is known as the world’s first miniature apple. Although they are small, they deliver big on flavor and nutrition. Here is why you will want to keep a bucket of these little gems on hand all year round:

  • They are convenient to take along. These little sweet treats come in handy tubes or buckets so they are easy to tuck into your gym bag, work tote, or family picnic basket. Having healthy snacks on hand makes it easier to stay on track with your health goals and avoid buying junk food when you are hungry on the run.
  • Kids love them! Although Rockit™ apples are good for everyone, they are the perfect size for little hands and can be finished in a few bites. No more half-eaten apples in between the couch cushions!
  • Lower in calories. Weighing in at around 60 calories per apple, Rockits™ make the perfect low-calorie, high-energy snack for adults and kids alike. Each apple has perfectly built-in portion control!
  • 10% more fiber than an average apple. Why do we need fiber? Fiber keeps our digestive track operating smoothly, and help us maintain a healthy weight. It also plays a key role in lowering our risk of diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. Apples are considered soluble fiber which can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.

Pick up a bucket of Rockits™ for your family and see why we can’t get enough of these sweet and crunchy little apples!

How to Re-purpose a Food Container as a Mini Greenhouse

Sponsored content from Holly Homer from the Kids Activities Blog While we are all still trying to avoid leaving the house as much as possible, I am still having to buy groceries. During my last grocery run I picked up Rockit apples for the kids to...

Sponsored content from Holly Homer from the Kids Activities Blog

While we are all still trying to avoid leaving the house as much as possible, I am still having to buy groceries. During my last grocery run I picked up Rockit apples for the kids to enjoy as snacks between meals. I don’t know about you, but having the kids home all day every day means they are eating everything in sight.

The new Rockit™ apple is known as the world’s first miniature apple. They might be pocket-sized, but they are crisp and sweet and are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber. They are also lower in calories, with only 60 calories per apple.

My son loves them. There were a few years when he couldn’t eat apples due to digestive issues and we recently discovered it was just certain apples that were causing problems for him. He’s so happy now that he can eat these Rockit™ apples every day for a snack and have no issues at all.

Visit Chelan Fresh and use their fruit locator to find Rockit™ apples near you.

What I love about the Rockit™ apple packaging is that they aren’t putting new plastic into the supply chain. Their packaging is made from 100% RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate). If you want to give it yet another use then I’m sharing a great idea with you that’s perfect not only for spring gardening but also to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.

Let’s keep the “upcycling” chain going forward by turning this plastic container into a miniature seed-starter greenhouse.

It’s so easy to do, and spring is the perfect time to start growing produce at home. We planted arugula in ours and within 3 days we spotted our first tiny sprouts, and then by day 6, they were over an inch tall.

How to Make a Plastic Container Greenhouse

The first thing you want to do is add some ventilation to your container. The lid does have some holes around the edge, but we need to make more. We need drainage holes in the bottom for excess water to drain out, and we need holes in the top for watering and allowing air to circulate.

I used a drill to make this happen. Turn the container upside-down, place the lid on top and very carefully use a drill to make holes through both pieces at the same time. Make sure to hold one side firmly to prevent the container from buckling, and drill slowly.

How to cover drainage holes in planters

Wondering what to put inside your container to keep the soil from running out of the holes with the water? Here are some everyday items you can use:

  • Egg cartons
  • Coffee filters
  • Cheesecloth
  • Dryer sheets
  • Paper towels
  • Packing peanuts

Add about 2.5 to 3 inches of soil to your container, this will allow plenty of room for your sprouts to grow.

Note: We used a seed-starter soil, which is perfect for a mini greenhouse.

Remove all labels from the container to let more natural sunlight in.

Plant your seeds according to the seed packet instructions. Make a note of when you should expect your first sprouts to appear. Arugula grows pretty quickly with our first sprouts appearing in 3 days, so this would be perfect for kids who might be a little more impatient and want to see results quickly. Within 6 days our sprouts were over an inch tall.

Arugula sprouting in soil 3 days after planting

Arugula sprouting in soil 6 days after planting

Here’s a tip: Use cardboard dividers to separate sections to make for easier transferring into a garden bed, or alternatively, wood sticks to mark where the seed is planted.

Don’t place your greenhouse in direct sunlight and keep the soil moist. The holes underneath will help with draining excess water and the holes on top will allow for easy watering without having to remove the top of the container. Plus, the air will be able to circulate inside the container so the plants can breathe once they start sprouting.

Once the sprouts reach the top of the greenhouse it’s time to transplant them.

12 Amazing Christmas Desserts with Apples

What are you making for Christmas dinner? Apples can take center stage at dessert time thanks to our list of 12 Amazing Christmas Desserts! Raw, baked, dipped… there are endless ways to enjoy them with your family and friends.  Oh, and don’t forget to leave a few out on Christmas eve for Santa...

What are you making for Christmas dinner? Apples can take center stage at dessert time thanks to our list of 12 Amazing Christmas Desserts! Raw, baked, dipped… there are endless ways to enjoy them with your family and friends. 

Oh, and don’t forget to leave a few out on Christmas eve for Santa and his reindeer. We hear Saint Nick’s new favorites are Rockit apples! 

Christmas Dessert Recipes with Apples

Edible apple caramel Christmas wreath 

Tiny Rockit apples make the cutest Christmas wreath! This easy 4-ingredient recipe will be a lovely centerpiece for your dessert table. 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Apple and cherry strudel  

Apples and Morello cherries are rolled up in filo pastry to make a fancy looking log. A delicate and festive dessert. 

Source: Taste

Apple sheet cake 

Maple icing takes this apple sheet cake over the top. Make this 24-serving big batch recipe to feed a crowd. 

Source: Better Homes & Gardens 

Apple and caramel dumplings 

Adorable Rockit apples are cored, stuffed, wrapped and baked to make mini holiday dumplings. These little desserts pack a festive punch! 

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple pie pizza 

That’s right. Apple. Pie. Pizza. This decadent dessert combines sauteed apples with brown sugar and a crumble topping. 

Source: Dessert for Two

Apple, cranberry and walnut cake 

No one will know that these mini apple, cranberry and walnut cakes are gluten-free. Eat them for dessert or give them as holiday gifts. 

Source: Chelan Fresh

CranApple holiday crumble 

Apples, cranberries and winter-warming spices are key ingredients in this holiday crumble. A comforting dessert to share with your loved ones. 

Source: Family Feedbag 

Caramel apple coffee cake 

This caramel apple coffee cake is super simple to make but it’s sure to please anyone lucky enough to be at your Christmas table! 

Source: Taste of Home

Festive chocolate covered apples  

Top chocolate dipped apples with crushed candy cane or chocolate chips for a beautiful and festive look. 

Source: Source: Chelan Fresh 

Quince mince pie 

What could be more Christmassy than mince pie? Using ready-made pie crust makes this recipe a cinch. 

Source: Country Living  

Snickerdoodle apple cobbler 

Bring on the cinnamon! Enjoy the fantastic flavor combination of this original apple cobbler recipe.  

Source: Crazy for Crust

Fun with Rockit™ Apples: Recipes and Crafts

What to make with Rockit™ apples? We’ve got loads of ideas! Check out our recipe and craft ideas, round up the kids, and get cooking! Mini Tarte Tatin  Rockit™ apples are just the right size for making a miniature version of this classic French dessert with caramelized apples. Yum!   Source: Chelan Fresh  Rockit® apple bircher muesli  Start your...

What to make with Rockit™ apples? We’ve got loads of ideas!

Check out our recipe and craft ideas, round up the kids, and get cooking!

Mini Tarte Tatin 

Rockit™ apples are just the right size for making a miniature version of this classic French dessert with caramelized apples. Yum!  

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Rockit® apple bircher muesli 

Start your day with this nutritious recipe loaded with chia seeds, nuts, and Greek yogurt, topped with deliciously sweet and crisp Rockit™ apples. 

Source: Rockit™ Apple

Mini apple dumplings 

Enjoy a beautiful combination of spices, caramel and Rockit™ apples wrapped in dough and baked golden brown. 

Source: Chelan Fresh  

Kid party treats 

Have fun making party pops and little apple “grins” with teeny tiny Rockit™ apples. A perfect craft to make with kids! 

Source: Rockit™ Apple

Caramel apple wreath 

This 100% edible party-ready wreath is made with Rockit™ apples, caramel dip and a touch of fresh mint.  

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Homemade candy apples 

Rockit™ apples make absolutely adorable candy apples. Everyone will enjoy these pint sized crimson treats. 

Source: Just a Taste

Chocolate apple spiders

How cute are these chocolate-dipped spooky spiders? They are easy to make and require only minimal materials. Kids will love them! 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Apple pie fries and yogurt dippers

Rockit™ apples work wonderfully in this kid-friendly recipe that is as fun to make as it is to eat!

Source: Tablespoon

Halloween apple recipes to make with kids

Witches, pumpkins, ghosts, cobwebs, trick-or-treating and… apples! Yes, Halloween is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get kids excited about eating apples. While bobbing for apples is a Halloween classic, we’ve come up with some more original and kid-friendly Halloween recipes and...

Witches, pumpkins, ghosts, cobwebs, trick-or-treating and… apples! Yes, Halloween is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get kids excited about eating apples.

While bobbing for apples is a Halloween classic, we’ve come up with some more original and kid-friendly Halloween recipes and crafts featuring this fan-favorite fruit.

Halloween apple recipes and edible crafts

Chocolate Rockit® apple spiders 

Our very own mini Rockit® apples make perfectly adorable little chocolate spiders! Kids can help thanks to our easy recipe and craft instructions. 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Halloween apple “bites” 

These scary toothy apple “bites” use slivered almond as teeth. A very healthy Halloween snack that’s suitable for vegan and lactose-intolerant kids. 

Source: Oh She Glows 

Apple pie mummy slices 

Watch out for the mummies! Wrap strips of store-bought dough around peeled apple quarters to make these original little monsters. 

Source: Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Dessert nachos 

Sliced apples are drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with sweet treats! Let kids choose their own toppings for extra fun. 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Sticky-sweet caramel apples 

These caramel-dipped apples sprinkled with nuts and candy corn will be a surefire hit. Using store-bought caramel makes this recipe a cinch.  

Source: Gooseberry Patch 

Shrunken heads in cider 

Spooky carved apple heads floating in cider. A show stopping recipe that is as decorative as it is tasty. 

Source: Martha Stewart

5 alternative treats for Valentine’s Day to convey the perfect message

Valentine's Day is a special time to celebrate love of all different kinds. Whether it's to celebrate romantic love, adoration of family members, appreciation for neighbors or the bond between best friends, Valentine's Day is perfect for gifting a sweet treat that shows you care. Fortunately,...

Valentine’s Day is a special time to celebrate love of all different kinds. Whether it’s to celebrate romantic love, adoration of family members, appreciation for neighbors or the bond between best friends, Valentine’s Day is perfect for gifting a sweet treat that shows you care.

Fortunately, you don’t have to default to processed sugar overload to give something delicious for that special someone. Here are five awesome ideas for alternative treats guaranteed to brighten someone’s day and make them feel loved.

Warm drinks say: “You warm my heart.”

Invite someone to slow down, enjoy a “me moment” and sip something warm and delicious by gifting coffee or teas. You can create a cute gift basket by adding a special mug and beverage accompaniments such as lemon juice, agave syrup and creamer.

Rockit™ Apples say: “You’re the apple of my eye.”

Give him or her the newest and coolest apple around: Rockit™ Apples! This deliciously sweet, miniature-sized nutritious treat is a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Packed with the perfect amount of nutrients and crunch, these apples are ideal for gifting with the quintessential pop of red color ideal for Valentine’s Day. Check out these beauties on instagram.com/rockitappleusa.

Nuts and trail mixes say: “I’m nuts about you!”

If you’re nuts about them, why not give the crunchy munch snack they crave? Nuts! Whether it’s delicious whole almonds or a trail mix you know they’ll adore, this snack will stop hunger pangs and bring a smile on Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Dark chocolate says: “You’re the sweetest.”

Make a healthier candy selection by gifting a few bars of dark chocolate. Lower in calories than milk and white varieties, a few small squares of dark chocolate a day may have health benefits like reduced blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Popcorn says: “Just poppin’ in to say I care!”

Healthful whole grains make popcorn a tasty treat for valentines of all ages. Whether it’s a few different bags of popcorn to try or a popcorn gift basket including kernels and toppings, you’re sure to add a pop of love to your valentine’s work or school day.

How to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner

Cooking a meal for your significant other is a wonderful way to say “I love you”. If you want to make a splash, planning is going to be your best friend. Taking the time to think through your menu and organize yourself will ensure a...

Cooking a meal for your significant other is a wonderful way to say “I love you”. If you want to make a splash, planning is going to be your best friend. Taking the time to think through your menu and organize yourself will ensure a smooth meal come go-time. How to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner is simple thanks to our tips and recipe suggestions below.

Decoration: set the mood

Valentine’s Day is the opportunity to make your loved one feel special, so set your table to match the occasion. Use your best table cloth, plates and cutlery. Fold cloth napkins into fancy shapes (it’s easy, we promise) to add to the sense of occasion. Make creative decorations and place cards like our dipped Valentine’s Day Rockit™ apples (pictured above). Oh, and don’t forget to dim the lights and add some candles!

Apéritif: start with drinks and nibbles 

Every romantic dinner should start with some drinks and bites to eat. Valentine’s Day is about spending time together, no need to rush. Cocktails, like our sparkling pear cocktail (pictured above) and cherry gin and tonic, are a classic and chic way to start your evening. Alternatively, mulled wine makes a wonderful cozy drink to kick off the festivities.

Bits and bites are perfect for showcasing your creativity and going beyond the everyday chips and dip. Our roasted honey and thyme pear crostini (pictured above), Bosc and blue cheese radicchio cupsand apple, walnut and blue cheese triangles are easy to make and will definitely impress your special someone.

Starter: choose soup or salad  

Soup is a great starter since it can be made ahead of time (you’ll be thankful on the day, believe us) and can be beautifully presented with garnishes. Our Butternut squash and pear soup (pictured above) uses spiced chickpeas to create a stunning presentation, while our apple and roasted parsnip soup is finished with a dramatic swirl and chopped herbs.

Salads are also an excellent choice because they look gorgeous and many components, including the vinaigrette, can be made ahead of time as well. They are lighter than soup; a good choice if you have rich dishes planned for the following courses. Our pear, fig and feta salad is as delicate as it is attractive and we love the superfood crunch salad and apple pear fennel salad.

Main: keep it colorful and simple

If you’re slaving over the stove you’re not spending time with your loved one, so pick a straight-forward and delicious recipe like our skillet pork chops with Brussels sprouts and apples (pictured above). Complement your chosen protein with colorful side dishes that are eye-catching and simple to make. Our stuffed acorn squash, vegetable skillet roast, roasted pears stuffed with quinoa, and scalloped sweet potato and apples are all fit for purpose.

Dessert: end with a bang 

Dessert should be the climax of your romantic meal. Pick a beautiful recipe to blow your partner away like our raw vanilla cheesecake with caramelized pears (pictured above), mini Rockit™ Tartes Tatin, poached iced tea pears, or cherry chocolate pavlova.

Alternatively, turn up the heat with a chocolate fondue like this apple and white chocolate number!