Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Message - Apples!

Provident living:  This Tuesday, Oct. 15th, will be our class it has been changed this time. We will be having an open question/answer time and bring binders...we can talk more of them too! Bring questions if you think it is something I need to research on email me the questions. Class will be at 9:30 p.m. at the Shooks.

"As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. . . . I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With the events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness. . . . Create a plan if you don't already have one, or update your present plan . . . We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we're putting away." (L. Tom Perry, in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 47; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 36)

It's apple season!! Jeff Boyd said to let you all know that Mary Boyd has excess apples to share :)

I did pick some... thank you very much Mary!

Now that you have apples, what to do with them...

You can dehydrate - them to do so you must peel and core and slice or dice and put in a bowl with six cups of water and about a fourth of a cup of lemon juice from this bowl you put them in the dehydrator this prevents browning.

After dried, put in glass jars. If I do more then one using jar, I vacuum seal them but it is not required.

From dried apples I make applesauce, granola we eat plain. Make trail mix.  Apple crisp - yep you cannot tell you used dried apples. You can shake the apples after cutting up in jello powder and dry. Yum! Caution, this is addictive. ;)

You can freeze them using the same method (only after the lemon juice and water you may put in freezer bags and freeze)

You can even make pies up and freeze so a cold winter day you can pull it out and bake it

You can make muffins, cake and pancakes... it is a really good storage item.

You can make pie filling ready to use from the apples. You can make apple rings, applesauce, apple butter... you can fry them, caramel them... eat them!

This year was a bumper crop!

I know it takes a lot to peel and such but I recommend an apple peeler corer slicer. It works fantastically and is way faster, then you have a coil of apple left you can either cut in half from top to bottom and you have slices or just cut one side from top to bottom and you have rings.

You can even freeze applesauce.

Topping for apple pies:
version one:
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. flour
1/3 c. butter
blend this with a pastry blender or fork and put on your pie before baking

Topping for apple pies
version two:
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. margarine
1/4 c.chpd nuts
mix together and put on fruit pie and bake

The most unusual apple pie
1c. flour
1 tsp b. powder
3/4 c. sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 c. margarine
1 beaten egg
4-5 apples
sugar and cinn
Mix together flour, baking powder sugar and salt.  Add margarine and stir in beaten egg.  Mix everything with a fork.  Slice apples into a heavy pyrex pan. Pour batter over apples and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.  bake at 350 for 30 to 40 min.

Apple Butter this is the best in all the world:
make one gallon of applesauce or if it is a not good year for apples you can buy a gallon of it at fareway
to this add:

3 c. sugar
1 tsp cinn
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cloves
4 c. apple juice

mix all together in a roaster pan without the lid
bake at 350 for 3-4 hrs till thick
process in water bath for 15 min

The Amish make apple jelly from the peelings of apples, so wash them carefully and then peel for what you are doing or use the peeler corer slicer. My kids used to love getting the long peel of the apple from that and that is really fruit by the foot! here is a recipe for apple pie filling to can.

I made apple pie filling in the past and Laura loved it so much she would eat it right out of the jar.

And now I will end with store when there is plenty for many more times have we had less than more.

So for a sweet ending: another best ever recipe...

Apple cake:

1/2 c. butter or margarine
2 c. sugar
cream this together really well and add:
2 eggs and mix till fluffy

2c. flour
1 1/2 tsp b. soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
mix well and add to the above fluffy stuff

4 c. raw chopped unpeeled apples
1 c. chopped nuts
beating it with the above mixture
bake in a greased 9x 13 pan at 325 45 to 60 min test with a toothpick

Butter Sauce:

melt 1/2 c. butter in dble boiler and stir in one cup of sugar 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 3/4 c. heavy cream (whipping) cook in the double boiler until thick

serve a spoonfull on cake piece then a dab of cool whip

I had this at a garden party the mayor's wife invited me to and oh this is really wonderful!

Keep working on your storage, our ancestors did it and we can do it too!

I am proud of all of you working so hard at it, thank you for doing it.

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