Welcome Apple Lovers! Glad you dropped in.
I love apples! There is such a wide variety of apple trees to plant and they are all delicious in their own right. As a mother, I now used different apple varieties for different occasions. I have several favorite apple varieties, but let me first share where my first love of apples began. Maybe you had similar experiences.
My memories are vivid of sitting at my mom’s feet as she sat on the porch and peeled apples for apple pie. I loved to pick out and eat the longest pieces of apple peel from her scrap bowl.
We moved to Virginia when I was in 4th grade and we would go apple picking as a family in the crisp fall weather. We’d then have boxes and boxes of apples sitting in the garage and I loved picking out the biggest apple from each variety and eating it plain or with peanut butter.
One time I ate so many apples in one sitting that I made myself sick. In fact, I did this more than once. For some people, that would result in an aversion to the food that made them sick, but I love apples so much that this was not a deterrent for me.
The mature fruit trees, including Golden Delicious Apples and a Jonagold type of apple, were one of the reasons we purchased the home.
The first year there, both trees produced around a bazillion apples each. We basically made apple sauce and pie filling from so many apples. We not only used the fresh picked apples, but also the still usable windfall apples. In the years since, we’ve managed to expand the variety of things we do with our apples.
Our favorite preserving methods are: apple sauce, apple butter, dried apple rings (apple chips), and apple pie filling.
Some useful tools for different apple recipes:
- hand powered food strainer/sauce maker
- food processor with slicing blade
- food dehydrator
- crock pot
- stick blender.
Of course, if all you have is a knife and a large pot, you can make it work!
Read further for a few tips for success and a couple of the recipes we use for enjoying this amazing fruit well after the last one has been plucked from the tree. I include the tools we use for making them.
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APPLESAUCE and APPLE BUTTER and APPLE CHIPS and APPLE PIE FILLING