We are drowning in apples around here!
So, what have we done with all these apples? First we made apple pockets. Not a huge dent made in the pile of apples (it used all of TWO apples!) but they were very yummy and Sam got to help make them.
- 2 apples
- 2 Tbs sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Flour for dusting
- 1 pkg. (7.5 oz) refrigerated biscuits
1. Heat oven to 350F. Peel apples; grate them into a medium bowl. In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Stir half of cinnamonsugar into grated apples.
2. Roll each biscuit to about 5" circle. Spoon apple mixture onto circles. Fold circles over and pinch edges to make halfmoons. Place on a baking sheet.
3. Brush pies with water and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon and sugar. Bake 20 minutes. Makes 10 pies.
While snacking on these we started to plan out what we would do with the other 49.99 pounds of apples!
I LOVE apples pies and was so excited when a friend (thank you Pastor Kirsten!) reminded me that you can make pie-filling and then freeze it. Here is the recipe that I follow for my apple pie filling.
- 6 cups finely sliced apples
- 1 Tbs lemon juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon ( I don't actually measure this or the nutmeg anymore and probably put in a bit more than what they say)
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
I combined all the ingredients, mixed them up really well and put them into a large ziploc bag (would love to have used a big jar but didn't think of that ahead of time!). I made four apple pie fillings that will be ready to go whenever we want a fresh apple pie.
And finally, the reason that we got SO many apples is the homemade applesauce. My girls will eat this daily and we ran out so quickly last year that I knew I wanted to make much more this year.
Applesauce making falls mostly in the hands of my husband. I wash and peel the apples and he does everything else! In a BIG pot we put as many cut up apples as we can fit. Then we fill the pot about half way full with water and set it on the stove. Cover and boil, stirring frequently. As you stir you break up the bigger chunks. The more you stir and the longer you boil the less lumpy the applesuace will be. We like pretty lumpy applesauce so ours doesn't take too long to make. Once you have the consistency that you like turn off the heat and add your sugar and cinnamon to taste (Chris doesn't know amounts he just knows how much we like, so this you will kind of have to figure out through trial and error). Once it has cooled divide it up into containers and put in the freezer.
So far we have made four BIG batches of applesauce. I have no idea how to describe exactly how much applesauce that is but trust me when I say it is a lot!
We will continue to make applesauce, eat the apples and store some in the fridge to lengthen their life as we enjoy this seasonal treat. Yes, even apples are something that are grown seasonal. They are cheaper, better quality and better for the environment when you buy them locally and in season!
The Nitty Gritty!
Our freezer is getting quite full. We have prepared and frozen tons of green beans, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, strawberry jam, zuccihini bread and biscuits and now applesauce. It makes me smile every time I open up the freezer to see all the food that we have in their that either we grew ourselves or was picked locally and in season. I think I am also passing along great habits to my girls!