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August 9, 2011
Quick and easy to make, healthy, and delicious. This is a great accompaniment to a pork roast, or add a little more sugar, top with whipped cream or ice cream, and serve warm or cold as a dessert.


  • 3 medium baking apples, peeled and sliced
  • vegetable oil spray
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple including juice
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp. walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


Spray an 8 inch pie pan with vegetable oil. In medium size bowl, mix apple slices with pineapple, sugar, and cinnamon. Place in pie pan. Dot with butter and sprinkle with nuts. Bake 40 minutes in a preheated 350 degree F oven.

Source: This is from a 2003 local nursery newsletter.

By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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November 9, 2006


  • 6-8 medium apples, peeled and grated
  • 1 package graham crackers
  • 2 cups whipped cream, sweetened


Coarsely crumble the graham crackers over the apples and fold in the whipped cream. This should not be fixed long before being served or the crackers will be too soggy.

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September 18, 2009

When I think of fall, my mind goes to new pencils and pumpkins and, of course, apples. If you are lucky enough to have an orchard near you, this is the time of year to go and get yourself a bushel of apples. You will need to set aside a weekend and gather some good friends but it will be well worth the work and effort that you put into your apples. In this article, I am going to give you directions for making applesauce and some other goodies. But first let's talk about apples.


Buy in Season

Modern refrigeration has changed the way that we look at fruits. Most fruit is available at any time in any area, and it is easy to forget that fruit is seasonal and is actually being grown somewhere. All fruit has an optimum season when flavor, freshness and nutritional value are at their peak.

Buy Locally

Every region of the country has its own distinctive varieties, and a visit to the orchard will help you discover which ones are best in your area. When you buy local produce, there are many benefits. Supporting local growers helps preserve family farms. Strong local agriculture is a check on sprawl. Buying locally is the best way to be sure you are putting the most nutritious food on your table. Buying fruit at the orchard is a lot more fun than pushing a shopping cart. Here is a website where you can go to find a local orchard near you:

When Buying:

Look for smooth skin with few bruises. Too many bruises mean the apple may rot. Apples should be stored in the refrigerator, not necessarily the crisper. Choose apples with a bright and sparkly color. Don't buy bagged apples on sale. Apples arrive at stores preserved with nitrogen. After the nitrogen seal is broken, produce managers know they have 23 days to sell the apples. They bag apples for a quick sale after they hit about the 20 day mark.

When Storing:

Apples keep best when refrigerated. Store them in a plastic bag or the drawer to keep them fresh. When you buy apples, put them in a clean plastic bag (a bread bag works well), close it with a twist-tie and make a dozen holes in the bag. That allows ethylene gas to escape but also helps the apples retain moisture. Check them often. Remove any decayed apples. One rotten apple can indeed spoil the whole barrel! Raw, cut apples may darken. Prevent this by dipping them in a fruit juice; lemon, orange, grapefruit, or pineapple, before adding other ingredients. If peeling a lot of apples, squeeze lemon juice on them or put them in a bowl of water with lemon juice added to keep them from browning. The higher the sugar content of the apple, the quicker the cut apple turns brown. Fuji apples brown less quickly than many others.

There are many varieties of apples. Some are great for making pies and some are great for just eating.

Apple Equivalents, Measures, and Substitutions

Apples are: fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; and an excellent source of fiber.

Here are some recipes to get you started on your apple adventure. Don't be afraid to substitute different types of apples in any recipe. Or to use 2 or 3 different kinds as long as you stick with all eating apples or all cooking apples.

Drying Apples

Select firm textured apples for drying. To prepare the fruit, wash and slice into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Pre-treat with a lemon juice/water solution (1 cup of lemon juice to 1 quart of water) or an ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) solution to prevent browning. Place slices onto drying rack. Dry fruit at 135 degrees F. When fruit is pliable and there is no sign of moisture it can be stored in air tight bags or jars. After proper drying, apples and pears will keep in a cool, dry place from six months to a year.

Iced Apple Tea



Add tea bags to boiling water. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove and add allspice, honey and apple juice. Simmer over low heat until honey is blended, about one minute. Chill. Serve over ice with lemon slices.

Baked Apples



Core apples without cutting through the bottom end. Peel about one third of way down. Place in baking dish. Mix sugar, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg and fill centers of apples. Dot with margarine and pour water into baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees F about 50-60 minutes or until apples are tender.

Apple Pie



Prepare your pastry for a two crust pie. Wipe, quarter, core, peel, and slice apples; measure to 6 cups. Combine sugar and cinnamon. The amount of sugar used depends on how tart your apples are. Arrange apples in layers in pastry lined pie plate. Sprinkle each layer with sugar and cinnamon. Dot top layer with small pieces of butter or margarine. Cover with top crust. Place on lowest rack in oven preheated to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer. Serve warm or cold.

Apple Butter



Cook the apples in the liquid until soft. Pass through a food mill. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar for each cup of puree. Add the spices, rind and lemon juice and cook over very low heat until thick and dark brown. This may take 3 to 4 hours. If not to be used within a week or two, pour into hot sterilized jars and seal tightly. This can also be put into plastic jars and frozen.




Core and quarter apples. Put in a heavy saucepan with a closely fitting lid, add water, and cook over low heat until very soft. Puree through a food mill and add sugar and cinnamon. This can be frozen in jars or plastic zip lock bags.

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September 27, 2003

Information about apples, what kinds are for eating, which for applesauce, for pies, plus lots of recipes.

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This is a guide about uses for old apples. Even after an apple has passed its prime for munching on, it can still be used in lots of ways.

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This page contains apple pork chops recipes. Sweet or tart apples combine well with pork chops to create a delicious meal.

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This page contains apple dessert recipes. There are many ways to use this fruit to create a sweet treat.

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This page contains sauteed apples recipes. If you are looking for a delicious side dish made with apples, try a saute.

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This page contains apple butter recipes. Apple butter is a delicious spread you can use in place of other jams and jellies; it can also be used in cooking.

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This page contains apple cookie recipes. We all think of pies when we look for apple desserts; but then there are apple cookies.

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This page contains baked apples recipes. Baked apples are a simple delectable dessert treat that everyone will love.

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This page contains recipes for homemade applesauce. Applesauce is not just for babies. Homemade applesauce is a great way to serve delicious sweet or tart apples. It is yummy as a stand alone dessert, a condiment with pork or potato pancakes, or as an ingredient in many recipes.

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This page contains apple recipes. Apple Pie is delicious and a great way to use up any extra apples you have.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 27, 2008

Our local apple orchard has windfall apples free for the taking. What options are there for using these apples in recipes and does anyone have recipes for these apples?


October 27, 20080 found this helpful

Some people prepare the filling for apple pies, and then freeze it for making pies later; you could make a supply of apple butter, apple sauce, apple juice. Or just peel, slice, and freeze the apples for something you might want to make later. Or you could gather up apples that are past their prime and put them on your compost pile.

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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

I'm originally from an area close to you.
Just search the internet and see how many recipes there are for applesauce. I used to have a large family and went to old homesteads to find apples. So easy really to make and 'can' applesauce.Just cut out any spoiled or bruised spots in apples, slowly cook in large saucepan, then put through calendar, then freeze or easier still, can in pints jars for use later in recipes.

I also used to dry apple chips, great for healthy snakes in lunches.As mentioned before, peel, slice, season as you would for an apple pie, then line pie plate with tin foil.Place in freezer, when solid, remove ,put in a zip lock bag and instant pie filling for a winter apple pie.

I envy your access to 'free' apples. In this time of making ends meet, we need to go back to the 'good ol' days' and remember how it was and how we made do with the bounty we had access too.

Stay warm up north! I'm in the deep south now and miss the winters, how typical huh! HA

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By linda (Guest Post)
October 28, 20080 found this helpful

What are windfall apples?

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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

An apple's an apple, so whatever recipes you would normally use, just make them as sweet as necessary and of course cut out bad spots when paring them.

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By kalene (Guest Post)
October 28, 20080 found this helpful


2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 1/3 c. cooking oil
3 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
3 c. apples, chopped
1 c. nuts

Mix ingredients thoroughly, folding in apples and nuts last. Turn into greased and floured pan (9 x 13 inches). Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool, cut into squares.


1/2 stick butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. light brown sugar
2 tbsp. milk

Combine all ingredients into a boiler. Boil for 1 minute. Spread on hot cake.

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September 8, 2005

I recently bought several bags of small apples (a really good sale or so I thought). They are a little on the tart side, and are quickly bruising. Any advice on simple recipes to get them used up quickly? Also, how can I sweeten them? Thanks!


September 8, 20050 found this helpful

I was given about 5 bushels of apples. We will make apple sauce and I will do a few crisps, but I need more ideas of what to do with all of these apples. We are storing them in the basement so they will last for a while.


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February 15, 20090 found this helpful

I was just given 3 grocery bags full of organic McIntosh apples. These are not pretty apples, but they are delicious. I made apple pies over the weekend, but then received these 3 more bags and need something to do with them that fits a busy weekday schedule.

Some are already bruised or have gashes in them, so I wanted to use them before they all spoiled. Can you freeze pie filling? If I do, what do I mix in with them to keep them from turning brown? I had heard lemon juice, but wasn't sure how much to use as I didn't want to affect the flavor too much.

Any other quick suggestions would be appreciated.

Suzi from PA


Recipes Using Apples

You can dry them; a food dehydrator works best but there are other drying methods as well. Check out this website: (08/31/2005)

By Joyce

Recipes Using Apples

Why not make some homemade apple pie filling?

Peel, core and slice 7 quarts apples.
Place into a dutch oven that already has a mixture of:

  • 2 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 1/2 quarts water
Mix, bring to a boil and cook until just thickened. Add 2 T. lemon juice. Stir in.

Pack into hot jars (use hot jars cause your mixture is hot) until 2" down from the top of the jar (any higher and in the hot water bath it will boil over). Place in a hot water bath for 25 minutes.

This canned apple pie filling can be used for apple crisps, pies, snacks, etc. (08/31/2005)

By brenda newton

Recipes Using Apples

I like slicing apples and drying them in a dehydrator.

Great snack food. (08/31/2005)

By syd

Recipes Using Apples

We have an apple tree and I've found that if I store some of the excess in a cool spot, I can keep them quite a few months. I like apples best eaten as God made them! (08/31/2005)

By mary

Recipes Using Apples

I suggest making the pie filling. valleyrimgir, l gave the recipe to, then making all the rest into applesauce. Don't worry about its turning brown -just add cinnamon and sugar before you can it (process it) and tell yourself it is brown because of the cinnamon! ;-) (08/31/2005)

By Katie

Recipes Using Apples

I make stewed apples for my family but there really isn't a "recipe". I peel, core and slice 6-8 apples and put them into a heavy frying pan (cast iron is the best). Cover the apples with white suga. start with about 2/3 cup and add more to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon, about 2-3 tsps, and a pinch of nutmeg. Put 3 tbs butter (the real stuff is best) and a small amount of water. Cover tightly and simmer on low until apples reach the desired consistency. I cook them a little firm and put apples and the sauce over vanilla ice cream, or you can cook them softer and spread on hot, buttered toast. My family also likes them on hot waffles and pancakes. (08/31/2005)

By Linda

Recipes Using Apples

Crusted Apple Flip -
Sevres 6 to 8

  • 1/4 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup Pecan Halves
  • 1 Tbs Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 (9-inch) Unbaked Pastry Pie Shells
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 6 Cups Apples, peeled & sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread softened butter evenly over bottom
and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Press pecans, rounded side down into
butter. Pat brown sugar evenly over pecans and gently place one pie
over sugar.

In a bowl, combine apples with lemon juice, flour, sugar, cinnamon and
nutmeg. Spread evenly over pie crust. Place second pie crust on top and
flute edges. Prick surface with a fork.

Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes (place on cookie sheet to catch any
overflow). Cool 2 minutes and invert onto serving plate, removing pie
plate. (08/31/2005)

By christi

Recipes Using Apples

Apple Swirl Bundt Cake

  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1-2/3 c. applesauce
  • 3 eggs

Grease a 10 inch bundt pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Blend together
the sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar and
cinnamon mixture over sides and bottom of greased pan. Blend cake
mix, applesauce and eggs until moistened. Reserve 1 1/4 cups batter.

Pour cake batter in bundt pan. Sprinkle rest of sugar and cinnamon
mixture on top. Last, add the 1 1/4 cup cake batter. Bake for 40
minutes or until done.

By christi

Recipes Using Apples

Apple pies of course! Give them to family, friends and neighbors wishing them a happy fall.
Put a tag on them labeling "Happy fall Ya All!"
Jennifer CA (08/31/2005)


Recipes Using Apples

What about apple doughnuts? They're yummy!

Apple Doughnuts

  • 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. apple cider
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 medium apple
  • Oil (for deep frying)
  • 1 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl, cream together the sugar and butter, then beat in the egg. Add the cider, milk, and vanilla to the creamed mixture. Beat well until combined. Pour mixture into the center of the dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Peel, core, and finely chop the apple, then stir it into the batter. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.

Place half the dough on a floured board; knead lightly, and roll out to about 3/8" thick. Cut with a floured 2" doughnut cutter. Heat the oil to 375 degrees in a skillet with high sides or a large pan. Fry the dough for 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel. Cool slightly, then dust with confectioners' sugar or a mix of 1 c. sugar to 1 tbsp. cinnamon.


By Meari

Recipes Using Apples

I would made apple sauce, by cooking together cored, peeled and sliced apples with sugar and then freeze it. Later you can make an apple pie with the apple sauce. (09/09/2005)

By martine

Recipes Using Apples

You could always make apple butter using your crock pot. I have done this many times and it's delicious! (09/09/2005)

By Debbie

Recipes Using Apples

Hey, thanksgiving is coming! make another pie and put it in the freezer to keep. that will be one less thing you have to do then (09/10/2005)

Recipes Using Apples

You can get fruit fresh and mix with water to keep fruit from turning brown then freeze,good for peaches, etc. (09/10/2005)

By Betty W.

Recipes Using Apples

A friend of mine has for years been buying apples by the bushel, peeling and coring them with a hand crank machine, bagging them in portions enough for 1 pie, and tucking them in the freezer in plastic ziploc bags laid out flat.

I found a web site with the type of peeler she uses.

Hers has a screw that attaches itself to a table top instead of a suction cup.
I once bought the screw type, but had to return it, as my table top was too thick - so be aware of this. I had a suction something or other machine and eventually it wouldn't stick to the table, so make sure you can get replaceable suction cups if you go that route.

By Holly

Recipes Using Apples

Prepare apple pies as if to bake but DO NOT BAKE, put them in freezer. When ready to bake they will taste as if you had made them,Sunday is apple picking day here, plan to put a few in freezer unbaked. (09/10/2005)

By Annette

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