But, for now, I am thinking apples. I was blessed this year when someone offered to let me pick their tree clean and take as many apples as I wanted, FREE. I came home with two 17 gallon totes, a laundry basket, and several grocery bags full of apples. I have been canning apples non-stop with only short breaks for the past eight days. I have canned almost 50 quarts of applesauce and 20 quarts of apple pie filling!!! The shelves of my new pantry are filling up. But I have also made some other yummy treats this week with apples and I wanted to share those with you.
Basically these are just dried apple slices. So, I peeled, cored and sliced my apples. Then I laid them on a metal cooling rack over a cookie sheet. I then placed them in a 200 degree oven for about 2-3 hours. This drying time depends on how crunchy you want your chips and also on how humid it is that day. Just check them occasionally until they suit your needs.
|Drying in the oven.|
These are great by themselves as a snack or I break them up and use them in granola, in breads, and even in cookies at times. They store in an air tight container for a very long time.
Spiced Apple Juice
Next thing I did was to take all of those apple peels and cores and place about half in a large pot and cover with water. I brought them to a boil and then reduced the heat and allowed the peels to simmer for about 4 hours, adding water as needed. After they had simmered, I strained the juice off of the peels.
|Straining the peels.|
|Coffee filter with cinnamon floating in the juice.|
Apple Cider Vinegar
With the other half of the apples peels I placed them in a glass jar and again covered with water. But this time I left some head space and room for expansion. And then I went back after two days and removed even more peels and water because it was still "bubbling" over.
I hope that with the coming of fall you are able to use these apple recipes to warm your home with the sweet scent of apples and to create memories with your loved ones that will last a life time!
Written by Happily Domestic contributor - Amanda Sikes