My apple picking obsession didn’t start in early childhood for me. Nope, it started in college at The University of New Hampshire. At DeMerritt Hill Farm. Each and every fall, I would head to the farm to pick apples, sometimes with my roommate, sometimes by myself. These apples would be eaten for weeks. My roommate Hayley and I would head down to the basement of our dorm in Devine Hall with a stockpot and wooden spoon. We would peel apples, chop them, and cook them down into applesauce that would sustain us for a long long time!
Last Saturday, we headed out to Weaver’s Orchard in Morgantown, PA to pick some apples. We picked 30 lbs. of apples. One half bushel and one peck of a mix of Staymans, Jonamacs, and Shizukas. That is a lot of apples. Not a ton, but certainly a lot! There isn’t much better than having fresh picked, local apples just laying around. Saturday, we ate lots of apples. Sunday, we got right to creating with them.
Here is what I did with our 30 pounds of apples….
Applesauce – One thing that makes me happy is that my husband and my children (all four of them) love my recipe for applesauce. I put a large stockpot on the stove, a crockpot on the countertop, and I got to peeling. My preference…with a paring knife:) The house smelled delicious! Then, just a few days ago, I put ANOTHER crockpot on! I’m addicted…to making applesauce. I got about 5 1/2 quarts out of that haul…and canned 4 of them!
Apple Butter – I kept peeling apples and added another stockpot to the mix that Sunday. Using this recipe, I made and canned some apple butter! 5 1/2 pints to be exact!
Apple Pie Spread – This may be my favorite of the bunch. It is super easy and incredibly delicious. And…it used up all of 1 1/2 apples:) Perfect for a fall party, after school snack, or even just a treat when your feeling down!
Apple Chicken with Potatoes, Mustard Greens, and Quinoa – This is one of my classic CSA stews since there are a lot more veggies that go into it than potatoes and mustard greens. We had this one only with a twist of pork instead of chicken this week. Everything is better with apples on top, right?!?!
Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts – I went out and bought a doughnut pan. Since we found out that H had a peanut allergy, we said goodbye to doughnut shops. Not that we frequented them all the time but man do we miss our occasional Saturday morning doughnuts. When I saw these created by The Bite Sized Baker, I practically kissed the screen!
Apple Pie – The kids are dying to eat this…a la mode:) We still have some apples left over so I am pretty sure that they are marked for apple pie.
AND…WE ATE A BUNCH!
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