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Apples, Apples Everywhere

For the past two years, we have gotten more apples then we know what to do with off the three apples tree that have been growing in my dad’s yard. Last year we made almost 30 gallons of apple cider that we froze and are still drinking. This year we are trying to expand out to all things apples, making apple butter, apple sauce, apple cider vinegar, and of course a few delicious apple pies.

My favorite apple pie recipe comes from Better Homes and Garden, Caramel Apple Pie Recipe. It’s fairly easy and the crust comes out delicious and flaky. One thing that I do that varies from the original recipe is double the crust recipe so I have enough to do the braided crust. A little homemade vanilla (or maybe cinnamon) ice cream and this pie is to die for. I am thinking a weekend would be well spent making ten or so of these pies to be stored in the freezer and enjoyed later.

I also made apple butter in the crockpot for the first time and it turned out great. (And made the house smell awesome.) The batch yielded just over two quarts that we put in the fridge to enjoy and over the next few weeks Amy and I hope to cook some more for the larder. Combine these with some cute mason or weck jars and a label and pints of apple butter would make awesome homemade holiday gifts.

In addition to more apple butter, this week we are going to work on some apple sauce, apple cider vinegar, and maybe some apple pie filling and more cider. I am particularly excited about the vinegar since we use it so much in cooking, canning (yumm… hot pepper jelly), and add it to our goat’s water. Stay tuned, as I will post updates on these projects.

Have apples and need ideas of how to preserve them. Here is Survival Mom’s 27 Things to Do with Apples. 

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