It's Apple Time in Tennessee!


| 9/8/2011 2:37:45 PM


Tags: Apple Sauce, Apple Butter, Apple Fritters, Apple Cookies, Preserving Apples, Apple Season, Suzanne Cox,

Suzanne HeadshotI always get excited when our first apples arrive. It signals the beginning of the end of summer. Soon, fall will arrive and the leaves will be ablaze in a rainbow of colors. With this comes cooler weather, corn mazes, bonfires and hay rides. There is nothing I enjoy more than to walk into our home to the scent of apple everywhere! Apple butter, apple sauce, apple cookies, apple fritters, there is just no end to what you can do with apples!

For the past few years we have purchased apples by the bushel from a family friend. We started with a single bushel and as our family has grown, so has our apple purchase. Last year we did 3 bushels, and this year we will do at least that and maybe more. Our favorite apple is the honey crisp. They are large, juicy and sweet. So sweet in fact that I am able to cook and can with much less sugar than with other varieties we have tried making it both cheaper and healthier for us.

We have put up our first run of apples for the year, and are awaiting our next one in the coming weeks. So now is the perfect time to sit down and share some of our family's favorite ways to eat apples! This year, I was lucky to have two little apple helpers. Macey decided it was her job to take the apples from the drainer and sort them on the table for me.

Macey sorting apples  

Well, the temptation was just to much for little brother. William soon joined the apple party. Only, he wasn’t as much into sorting the apples as he was in eating them!

Macey and William with Apples 

suzanne cox
10/30/2011 8:29:51 PM

Cider is definitely on our list of new things to try next year! We'll have to do a follow-up then to let you know how it turns out!


charlie greene
10/8/2011 1:10:14 PM

What a great blog......Can't wait until you start to squeze a few and find out what your mix will be for the cider...Thanks, I really enjoyed your column!


suzanne cox
9/20/2011 1:33:53 AM

Ross, your red hot cinnamon apples sound much like our "Cinnamon Ring" pickles. They are made with red hot candies. And those little pies of PA Gardner's are also a favorite of ours! Here in TN they are simply called fried apple pies, though they can be fried or baked. We mostly snack on our dried apples, but do use them for some pies and cakes occasionally. Joan, would you be willing to share your recipe for the caramel apple jam? That sounds very interesting, and I would like to find a good jam recipe. I've not done so well with jams and jellies in the past, but hope to get better at it in the future!


ross fletcher
9/18/2011 3:31:55 AM

Just finished my apple canning for the year with some red hot - cinnamon apples and apples in light syrup. Went a bit overboard last year so still have plenty of sauce and some butter (that my nephews don't know about). I spice some of my butter with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove etc. i gave a jar of the spiced variety to my audiologist, who's the daughter of our local orchard owner, and she declared better than they sell (Amish made) !


pa gardner
9/17/2011 12:13:48 AM

Mmmmm! Making me hungry! I just bought apples for my first try at making "Schnitz" otherwise known as dried apple slices. 'Round my part of the country they are especially used for making an applebutter-like filling for "Half-moon pies." Schnitz can also be used in a pork/ham dish with dumplings. I've not made either of those dishes myself, but I've eaten a quantity of the moon-pies! (Only one at a time though!) Local Amish make them for sale and lots of occasions, but they are most handy for packing in lunch pails. Generally they are a semi-circle about 4-6" on the straight side, about 1/2" to 1" thick. The rich, sweet, moist, brown filling is contained in a pie-pastry-like dough, that can be flakey, but more sturdy than regular pies. Wrapped in plastic wrap they keep for several days & can be made with peach, cherry, blueberry, raisin, and other fruit-based fillings too. A great take-along snack!! In my family, a favorite apple dish is one my grandmother created called Apple Pudding. In the tradition of her English-Welsh heritage, this was not a "pudding" as much as a "puddin'"...a cake-like dessert. A simple, not-to-sweet, from scratch, cake batter is spread thinly in a pan, topped with sliced apples and maybe a sprinkling of sugar, then topped with more of the cake batter. An apple variety with a little tartness is my favorite to contrast with the hot sweet, rich, buttery sauce made with butter, sugar, egg and boiling water over a double boiler. Mmmm, hmmm!


joan
9/16/2011 4:59:54 PM

I love apple time as well! I make quarts of apple juice and applesauce every year. This year I'm trying apple pie jam as well as the caramel apple jam that I made last year. Yum!


suzanne cox
9/14/2011 11:28:09 AM

Our second round of apples is coming on Friday! Making more apple sauce, doing some dehydrated apple chips, and maybe some pie filling this time. May have to do a follow up article on apples. Andrew thinks I should have included our recipe for Fruity Chicken Salad and one for Baked Beans (yes, with apples in it!) in this one, so may throw those in the next one. Also, I'm looking for a traditional, from scratch, apple stack cake recipe made with dried apples. I've tried several this summer trying to replicate what I remember as a child, but just can't find the right one. Can anyone help?


suzanne cox
9/13/2011 1:05:10 PM

If anyone would like to follow our day to day happenings, just look for "Ans Farms" on Facebook! We post new pictures and events there pretty frequently. It's also nice to be able to post on my possible blog topics and get feedback on there. :)


phillip whisnant
9/13/2011 10:07:15 AM

All this talk about apple butter, fritters, and cookies really makes me hungary. It's great that your kids are involved in the process of your family preserving food from your farm and other local fruit and produce growers. Too many kids grow up today without a clue of where their food comes from other than the grocery store. When you grow and make it yourself you know exactly what you are fueling your body with. I look forward to seeing what you do with pumkins.


suzanne cox
9/9/2011 10:53:29 PM

Do you want to hear something truly un-American? I don't like apple pie! Just about anything else made from apples I enjoy, and the pies are definitely Andrew's favorite. I've just never really had a taste for them. I could eat a whole cherry or strawberry pie though! Now, the apple cider I love! Nothing better in the fall time then a glass of apple cider! I haven't tried jelly from the peels yet, the pigs might get mad at me if I try that. I have never been very successful at making jams and jellies but my butters (apple, pumpkin, pear) usually turn out well. Jellies are something I would like to try and get better at in the future though.


suzanne cox
9/9/2011 10:53:19 PM

Do you want to hear something truly un-American? I don't like apple pie! Just about anything else made from apples I enjoy, and the pies are definitely Andrew's favorite. I've just never really had a taste for them. I could eat a whole cherry or strawberry pie though! Now, the apple cider I love! Nothing better in the fall time then a glass of apple cider! I haven't tried jelly from the peels yet, the pigs might get mad at me if I try that. I have never been very successful at making jams and jellies but my butters (apple, pumpkin, pear) usually turn out well. Jellies are something I would like to try and get better at in the future though.


nebraska dave
9/9/2011 8:14:09 PM

Suzanne, you certainly have been apple busy. It's just a little longer before our apple orchards start producing the apples for the year. It always a field trip for the grade school kids to go to the apple orchard and pick their own apples to take home. My favorite apple recipe is of course apple pie but the cider comes in a close second. I'm not to the point of processing apples yet but maybe some time in the future it could be a thing to do. I've heard the peels from the apples are great to make jelly. It just doesn't seem that fall should be so close. It wasn't that long ago that I was doing the count down to Spring. Now it's almost the beginning of fall. Where did the summer go? Have a great Apple preserving season day.





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