Two weeks ago Junia and I picked 20 pounds of apples. When we got home I looked at all the apples, looked at Junia and said, “what are we going to do with all these apples!” She said, “eat ’em”.
Yes, she’s a smart two-year-old. But since it would take a while to eat that many apples, and since most were Granny Smith and thus not the best for eating raw, we set out to prepare them in other ways.
First, we made a delicious apple coffee cake from our cookbook.
Second, we ate one apple. Junia wanted skin off, I wanted skin on.
Third, we made apple pie filling and put it in the freezer. Now we have four apple pies ready to be made and enjoyed.
Fourth, we made applesauce. For this I used half of the yellow delicious and half granny smith. Granny Smith are not the best for applesauce, but I hadn’t planned ahead! The guy at the orchard asked if I wanted baking apples or eating apples and I said baking. So Granny Smith it was. I found a recipe for applesauce with the skin on (since the skin is filled with good nutrients). We added some sugar but it is still not that sweet. But sugar is over-rated, and can always be added when eating it. Now that I’m writing this, I can’t find the recipe we used. We used the slow cooker, which was fun.
Fourth, we ate two more apples.
Fifth, we made a beet salad with apples: Beet, Orange and Apple Salad. The only change we made was we didn’t have any oranges and we added some cheese.
Sixth, we made squash apple bake. This will go great with ice cream.
Overall, our apple picking, preparing and eating was a success.