It's Apple Time in Tennessee... Again!


| 10/6/2011 10:45:59 AM


Tags: Apples, Apple Butter, Fruity Chicken Salad, Baked Beans, Dehydrating, Dried Apples, Suzanne Cox,

Suzanne HeadshotWe had such wonderful comments and responses to our first article on apples, we decided to do it again! Last Friday we went out to an apple orchard not far from our farm. We had originally intended to stick with honey crisp apples, our absolute favorites, but unfortunately I missed much of the season while in the hospital and then recovering. So this time around we chose to try Braeburn apples. Braeburn’s were the first bi-colored apple to hit the commercial market, and are highly regarded for their sweet and tart taste in baking. Luckily they are a late season apple that tends to hit it’s peak in September-October in our area. We were able to pick up 2 bushels of seconds, with minor skin blemishes and smaller size for only $12 a bushel! Saving money is always a good thing. Although they were seconds, they appeared to look just as good as those apples found in commercial grocery stores.

 Braeburn Apples 

  So last time we processed one bushel of honey crisp apples into cinnamon apple sauce and apple butter. This time, I was eager to can some un-spiced sugar free pints of apple sauce for our new baby who is due in the next few weeks. We make all of our own baby food to ensure our children only get nutritious fruits and veggies free of chemicals and high amounts of sodium or sugar. Not only is this healthier, but it saves us a HUGE amount of money not having to buy little jars of food.

  We put up 13 pints and 2 ½ pints of “Baby Sauce.” Next on the agenda was some more apple butter, but this time we made Apple Cider Apple Butter for a slightly different flavor. Basically, the only difference in the recipe is the addition of 3 cups of apple cider and the reduction of sugar by one cup.

 Making Apple Butter 

  With the apple butter cooking and the baby’s apple sauce done it was time to hit bushel #2. For these apples, we had several different plans! The kids had been wanting some chicken salad, and it just so happened I had recently baked a hen. So we pulled out the leftovers and Andrew set to scavenging the remaining meat off the bone while I worked on putting the other ingredients together. Our kids absolutely love this fruity and light chicken salad.

suzanne cox
10/10/2011 10:16:34 PM

Hey Dave! Just when I thought we were through with apples... looks like we will be getting another run here in a week or two. Depending, of coarse, on when this baby ever decides to get here! This time we are going to try some Arkansas Blacks. I hear they make excellent dried apples. We've put up enough apple sauce and butter I believe, but the kids just recently decided they LOVE snacking on dried apples. We went through 2 quarts of dried ones in 4 days! So, really need to dry a WHOLE lot for them! Can't complain when your kiddo's want to snack on fruit can you? :)


nebraska dave
10/7/2011 8:32:37 AM

Suzanne, That's quite the harvest from the apples. I love apple any thing. Most of the times I help folks with moving or just the other day trimming trees I get paid in apple pie or apple crisp. My freezer always has something apple for me to snack on. I know there's nothing better than a straight up raw apple but pie, crisp, cake are not easy to resist. You have accomplished a lot and will be enjoying the fruits (pun intended) of your labor long into the winter months. Have a great fall preserving day.





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