Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Let's Go Apple Picking...

I know that I said we were going to visit the gift shop at the Apple Orchard, but since we have had cooler days and even cooler nights, I thought we should pick some apples so we can bake some yummy recipes.

We see the leaves changing color and realize that here in the Midwest, it's time to go Apple Picking; usually after Labor Day. Apples are the easiest fruit to pick as most apple trees are very close to ground. They can be eaten many ways: fresh, canned and baked into yummy recipes to name a few. When you are ready to pick apples, you should decide how will be using the apples.

When you visit the Apple Orchard, take the time to talk to the staff. They will be reliable and friendly. They will also be able to point you in the direction of the kind of apples you are seeking based upon your needs - fresh or for baking. Apples that are ready to eat, will come off the tree easily. The apple should be firm and bruise-free. Always pick apples from the tree; do not pick them off the ground.

After you have picked your apple from the tree, place in a basket gently so that you will not bruise it. Do not wash your apple until you are ready to use it; this will help prevent spoilage. Always store your apples in a cool place such as a basement or the crisper drawer of your refrigerator to maintain the quality of the apple.

There are a variety of apples available for your use but I will not be discussing each and every one of them. Please do your research or ask the reliable staff to help you decide which variety will best suit your needs.

Now that we have our apples, what should we do with them? Obviously, apples are great to eat fresh or we like to cut them up and dip them in caramel. There are also many recipes that will allow you to use your apples for making delicious dishes. They can be used as a dessert, as a side dish or even in the main course...so many uses and so many varieties to choose.

We have chosen a few favorite recipes just for your use including homemade applesauce, apple pie filling and or maybe some Autumn Apple Recipes? What is your favorite recipe? Please share.
Country FarmHouse Blessings,

Lori :0)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe for homemade applesauce. Ironic I have been looking for a recipe for this thanks :)